We Can Work It Out - Free Mediation Evening Hours
Come learn more about how mediation can help you. No appointment necessary.
Do you have any conflict in your life? We Can Work it Out is an opportunity for you to have a private and supportive conversation with one of our mediators or conflict coaches. We are providing a comfortable and accessible environment where you can come without an appointment or worry about cost. Come in and learn more about mediation or conflict coaching. You can use the time to begin a mediation or conflict coaching session while working with one of our MA-qualified mediators. Or learn about the different services offered at Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program. Or get involved as a volunteer.
All sessions are free and confidential. Let us know how we can help you.
Introduction Mediation Course, and Workshops
Starting Thursday, November 29. This is a 30 hour Basic Mediation Course that fulfills the state's requirement to mediate in the Common Wealth. The course is held over two weekends and will provide valuable training in mediation, and experience in conflict-situations in any and all facets of life! Please see the attached brochures and information.
Thursday, October 18th is Conflict Resolution Day
October has become a time to promote and celebrate peaceful conflict resolution practices worldwide. Governor Baker has proclaimed October 18th as "Community Mediation Day" to celebrate and acknowledge the state's mediation programs, and the important role they play in effective, peaceful dispute resolution.
Come learn more at a MV Mediation kiosk on Thursday at
- 8:30am-11am in front of Dukes County Court House in Edgartown
- 11am-3pm at the Edgartown Post Office at the Triangle
- 11:30am-6pm at Cronig's Market in Vineyard Haven
Introduction Mediation Course, and Workshops
Starting Friday, June 15. This is a 30 hour Basic Mediation Course that fulfills the state's requirement to mediate in the Common Wealth. The course is held over two weekends and will provide valuable training in mediation, and experience in conflict-situations in any and all facets of life! Please see the attached brochures and information.
"Landlord-Tenant-Roommate" Discussion and Presentation
Tuesday May 8, 2018, 6pm
26 Edgartown Road, Edgartown
Speaking will be MVMP lead mediator Sara Barnes. Sara has provided dispute resolution services for Island tenants, landlords and neighbors finding themselves in challenging situations. A panel discussion with question & answer session will follow. The panel will include Island attorney Erik Hammarlund, Tisbury health agent Maura Valley and Ms. Barnes. Light refreshments will be served.
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library & the Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program’s Restorative Justice Initiative present
"Face to Face" by David Williamson
Performed by the Peter H. Luce Play Readers
Directed by John Brannen
5 pm Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Vineyard Haven Public Library
“FACE TO FACE” takes place at a session of a Restorative Justice Circle, where the victim of criminal action is sitting face-to- face with the person who admitted the crime. Guided by a trained facilitator, each tells his story, describing how he has been affected, and how he feels. Other people who have been affected describe the impact of the action. Talking and listening. No interruptions. It is a process of compromise and agreement that does not involve lawyers or the criminal courts. The play demonstrates the RJ process that transforms conflict into cooperation for resolution.
Family Property Issues
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Place: Edgartown Library – 26 Edgartown Road, Edgartown
Disputes between family members that involve family property, estates, trusts and businesses can be very challenging. When a patriarch or matriarch of a family gives up control or has passed away, the adult children are often left with uncertainty or, worse, contrary beliefs about their rightful role. Disputes surface that are usually less about ill will than about conflicting feelings, misunderstandings of intent, conflicting expectations, and resistance to change or unspoken fears.
Along with our Co-Sponsor, the Edgartown Library, we invite you to come join us and our panel guests – John “Jack” Wofford, Esq. and Martin V. Tomassian, Jr., Esq. as we discuss these conflicts many families encounter and how mediation can help.
Landlord and Tenant Workshop
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Place: Vineyard Haven Library – 200 Main Street, Vineyard Haven
Please plan to join us for our annual workshop where a guest panel will help us present an overview of current Massachusetts laws governing landlord–tenant residential rentals. Our guest panel will be comprised of four individuals: a local attorney, a health agent, a local realtor and an individual from the Dukes County Housing Authority.
Restorative Justice Initiative
Friday, February 17, 2017 & Saturday February 18, 2017
Interested in being trained as a facilitator of the circle dialogue process, where community members are trained to work with victims, offenders, and law enforcement? Contact us at 508-693-2999 for more details on the free training!
Restorative Justice Initiative: Friday, January 27, 2017
Landlords and Tenants: May 3, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016; 7:00pm
Vineyard Haven Public Library 200 Main Street, Vineyard Haven
Learn how the Island’s trained mediators can help your family have difficult conversations concerning relationships, conflicts, and hard decisions about marriage, children, finances, living arrangements, and other challenging issues.
Speakers include Dr. Richard Barbieri, President, Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program and Katherine Triantafillou, Esq., Mediator and Attorney.