The Community Mediation Services Division considers that sustainable social transformation of our society and the achievement of social justice requires the permeation and pervasive presence of restorative behaviour throughout our society. Therefore, the division executes a number of initiatives which aim to encourage the adoption of behaviours that are consistent with the underpinning philosophy of mediation, restoration and peace building. These initiatives include peer mediation, conflict management training, leadership skills development, anger management, communication and interpersonal skills, these are among other programmes which are specially designed according to the needs of the particular organisation or community. These initiatives are supported by the practices of mediation, social work and other therapeutic interventions as well as the facilitation of difficult conversations in communities and special interest groups.
Mediation Mediation is a process through which parties request a third neutral person (the mediator) to assist them in their attempt to reach an amicable settlement of their dispute. The mediator does not have the authority to impose upon the parties a solution to the dispute.
Social Work Practice Through our Social Work Specialists, the division assesses, evaluates and provides various therapeutic interventions which may include, individual and family counselling, home visits, referrals to other agencies and case conferencing according to the needs of the clients. The Social Work Specialists will conduct investigations, work with the clients to restore healthy functioning and provide guidance on matters or cases referred for mediation. They also follow-up with clients who have received services from the mediation centres.
Therapeutic Social Interventions Therapeutic Social Interventions seek to strengthen and empower citizens to help them become better versions of themselves through counselling and various skills training. The interventions are considered to be therapeutic as they focus on the healing of the individual and the family for the long-term. These interventions are incorporated in community-based programmes as follows:
- Anger Management Programme
- Conflict Resolution
- Mentoring Programmes
- Peer Mediation Programmes
- Teen/Parent Issues
- Parenting Support Groups
Under the current act, Community Mediation is available as a mechanism for negotiating the settlement of disputes in a wide variety of areas, such as:
- Family and Relationship Disputes (eg. visitation rights, access, custody and maintenance)
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Small Claims
- Merchant/Consumer Disputes
- Community Disputes
- Neighbourhood Conflicts
- Organizational/Workplace Conflicts
- Juvenile Conflicts including truancy and delinquent children
- Threat and harassment problems
- Small contractors and Home Owners
List of Mediation Centres
Central Main Mediation Sub-Centre
#282 Old Southern Main Road, Warrenville
Couva Mediation Sub-Centre
Social Services Delivery Building, Camden Road Couva
East Main Mediation Centre
3rd Floor, Upstairs Pennywise Building, 10A Devenish Street, Arima
North Main Mediation Centre
Jobco Building (1st Floor), 51-55 Frederick Street, Port of Spain
Penal/Debe Mediation Sub-Centre
San Juan Mediation Sub-Centre
MTS Plaza, Aranguez Main Road, Aranguez
National Grief and Loss Support Group
Through these workshops, parents and guardians would:
- Develop healthy coping skills and mechanisms in response to stressful situations.
- Develop strategies that empower them to adjust to a changing environment and be poised to teach their children and other family members to adjust accordingly.
- Increase knowledge about a child’s needs and difficulties as it relates to inter parental conflict.
- Increase knowledge about the participant’s relationship with their child.
- Become advocates and change agents in their communities as they are equipped with the information needed to be of support to others or access the necessary intervention or solutions to issues that would arise.
Experience an enhanced quality of family life in their communities as they learn to build on their strengths and capacity to respond positively to changing circumstances.
Interested persons are asked to register for the 2023 Grief and Loss Support Group here via the link below