The Mediation Center of Columbia, Maryland (MCRC) is a non-profit organization that provides conflict resolution services to the Howard County community. It is staffed by over 100 trained volunteers from diverse backgrounds, including age, gender, and race. The center's mission is to promote peaceful conflict resolution through mediation, restorative practices, education, and training. MCRC offers a variety of services to its clients, including mediation and collaborative law. These services are available to residents of Ellicott City, Baltimore, Catonsville, Arbutus, Woodlawn, Elkridge, Columbia, Randallstown, Towson, Parkville, Eldersburg, Pikesville, Annapolis, Hagerstown, Frederick, Glen Burnie, Perry Hall, Owings Mills, Reisterstown and Severn.
After a mediation session is completed, clients can review any documents prepared by the mediator with their respective attorney. In addition to mediation services, MCRC also provides counseling services. These services may include life management techniques and behavioral therapies. The center is the successor organization to the Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Howard Community College and has been in operation for more than 15 years. The Mediation Center of Columbia is committed to helping individuals and organizations resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. Through its mediation and counseling services, it has been able to reduce suspensions and improve the environment in schools.
It also provides an alternative to expensive court proceedings.