Mediation is a way of solving problems with a third person (the mediator) to help people to talk about what’s going on, identify possible ways to deal with the situation, and figure out solutions all people involved think will work. Mediators do not take sides, decide what is right or wrong, or make decisions for the people in conflict. Mediations can happen for things related to families, housing, consumer, workplace, school, agricultural and other issues. To get started, sometimes people ask about mediation and sometimes others (courts, therapists, family members, friends, attorneys, etc.) refer them to centers like CRG.
CRG offers public workshops and customized training for organizations, businesses, schools and other institutions in communication, conflict resolution, mediation, restorative practices and facilitation. We provide Basic Mediation Training opportunities for individuals who want to learn simple steps to handle conflict and disagreements, gain skills and confidence in personal and professional interactions, and manage (and help others with) challenging situations. We also provide apprenticeship opportunities in small claims court settings, continuing education workshops and advanced mediation training for mediators and other conflict resolution interveners.
As more schools and other institutions seek to develop trauma-sensitive, positive and socio-emotionally focused approaches to building supportive school cultures, CRG offers training, professional learning community activities, circle-keeping, and consulting services for and with adults and youth in diverse school settings. We seek to create resilient and inclusive schools in which all community members feel respected and honored, and promote decisions to move away from punitive structures and towards accessible and equitable academic environments.
At CRG, we support groups and teams to work together well, often combining meeting facilitation, retreat or planning activities, conflict resolution, and building community in ways that support the specific goals of organizations, businesses or institutions we work with. We believe in supporting collaborative decision-making, constructive dialogue around challenging topics, and supporting people to take action and follow through on commitments that make sense for them.
For individuals who may want to build specific communication and conflict resolution capacities, CRG’s conflict coaching services offer one-on-one support with an experienced coach to help meet your goals. Practical and time-limited, conflict coaching offers a safe way to develop more effective ways to interact with others, prepare for handling tough situations or improve conflict-related skills or approaches.