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Mediation: It’s More Than Just Talking It Out


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Conflict is unavoidable. At times, the problem may spiral out of control and become overwhelming. When an issue becomes too much for you to handle, who do you turn to for help? Lawyers and civil lawsuits take time and can be expensive. Our Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers (LIDRC) provide conflict resolution interventions that help individuals, families, businesses, and the community at large to resolve a wide range of disputes.

Program Director Judy Axelrod and her trained team of mediators have peacefully resolved family conflicts, special education issues, and community disagreements. Clients like Pearl, whose former tenant owed her over $10,000 of rent, was first unsure about going to the LIDRC.

“I walked into the Dispute Resolution Center nervous. I was greeted warmly by the lady at the front desk. I immediately felt calm,” said Pearl. “[My tenant] did not contact me for months and I was unable to contact him. I did not want to take this dispute to court because I could not afford a lawyer. This mediation was such a blessing to me. My former tenant is cooperating and paying as we agreed upon in mediation!”

Pearl had nowhere else to turn and ended up having a positive mediation experience like so many others that use the LIDRC for help to resolve problems. So the next time you find yourself facing a conflict, know that you don’t have to face it alone. There are people who will look after your interests and work hard to peacefully solve the issue.

To learn more about our Long Island Dispute Resolutions Centers, click here.

Interested in helping people resolve conflicts? Register for the LIDRC’s Basic Mediation Training from January 27-30, 2017 here.

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41Cassandra Huneke was the Special Events Coordinator for EAC Network. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in English and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Media Studies at The New School University in New York City. Cassandra will be teaching media literacy to at-risk kids in our Alternatives for Youth program this fall.

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