Our mission is to promote the growth of humanity in relations between people through the development of people’s ability to peacefully and constructively resolve and prevent conflict situations in various fields of human activity.
The main goal of the Mediation Centre is to train experts in the field of conflictology who will be able to ethically and very professionally solve the difficult tasks of disseminating humane methods of overcoming disagreements at different levels of human interaction.
In December 2010, the Academic Council at the Institute of Philosophy at St Petersburg University approved the "Regulations on the Service for Conflictological Counselling and Mediation in Conflict Resolution (Mediation)". The service was an educational and practical structural unit of the academic programme in Conflictology at St Petersburg University. It became the basis for practical training and internships for bachelor’s students and research practice for master’s students in Conflictology. Since 2018, the status of the service has changed. Today, it is the Mediation Centre.
clients received help at the Mediation Centre.
The practice of the Centre is aimed at helping people free of charge in resolving their problems and conflicts through counselling and mediation.
Mediation is a method of helping disputing parties. It is based on negotiations between them involving a neutral mediator as a participant.
In most cases, such negotiations end with the conclusion of a mutually beneficial agreement, which is voluntarily executed by the parties in 91% of cases. This method has been used in Russia since 1992. It was enshrined in law in 2010 (Federal Law № 193).
The staff of the Centre receives calls and orders from clients, and conducts consultations and mediations. Since 2020, at the request of clients, the Centre has been working with them in an online format.
During their internship period, all students of the Department of Conflictology work in the Centre. Throughout the year, all students who feel like it and even graduates may continue their work in the Centre. The Centre also provides internships to professionals in various fields. They become graduates of non-degree courses in mediation.
The disputes can be different, among them are:
- Family conflicts: difficulties in relations between spouses, parents and children (teenagers, adult children), with relatives, division of inheritance
- Division of property, custody of children, procedures for visiting children after divorce
- Conflicts in relationships with friends, neighbours
- Conflicts at school and other educational institutions
- Problems in the interaction of business units, in relations with employees, subordinates, colleagues, when introducing innovations, business division
- Relations with business partners, with clients
- Conflicts in construction, medicine, and other spheres
- Sale of real estate, debt recovery, and other