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Transformative Community Mediation Centers Thriving

by Dan Simon
March 2020

Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation by Dan Simon

Dan Simon

A handful of community and municipal mediation centers throughout the world are committed to providing mediation exclusively in the transformative model.  Here’s some information about those centers:

Brno, Czech Republic:  The Brno Mediation Center is celebrating its second anniversary. It recently moved to larger facilities, where 15 mediators help with all types of family disputes, including divorce and parenting, as well as cases for the Czech Office for the Legal Protection of Children. Its Head, Martina Cirbusová, is proud to report that her center has served over 300 clients and continues to collaborate with a variety of courts and organizations in the Brno area.

Dayton, Ohio, USA:  The Dayton Mediation Center intervenes in more than 1000 conflict situations annually. The Center’s services have been utilized by residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses, employers and employees, schools, law enforcement agencies, and court systems. The City of Dayton established the Center in 1987 in an effort to ease the impact of community conflicts on public resources.The Center has become a trusted resource as one of the oldest and most robust conflict intervention resources in the country for those wishing to engage conflict constructively. 

Ithaca, New York, USA:  Community Dispute Resolution Center provides transformative mediation in Chemung, Schuyler, and Tompkins Counties. Since 1983 the organization has grown to employ 9 people, supplemented by 51 volunteer mediators.  It handled 951 cases in 2019 and served 1757 people through mediation, conciliation, conflict coaching, conflict circles, outreach, facilitation, and training.  

Leonardtown, Maryland, USA:  The Community Mediation Center of St. Mary’s County has provided mediation services to southern Maryland since 2001. The services they provide include community mediation, prisoner re-entry conversations, parent-teen mediation, separation and divorce mediation, and organizational development.

Poughkeepsie, New York, USA:  The Mediation Center of Dutchess County has been “turning conflict into conversation” for over 25 years. It provides training, mediation and facilitation around conflict in all contexts. 

Prince Frederick, Maryland, USA:  The Community Mediation Center of Calvert County has been providing conflict management services and education to empower people to create and develop their own solutions since 2006. They have over 20 active volunteer mediators and trainers supporting more than 150 mediations and numerous workshops and facilitations each year. 

Rochester, New York, USA:  The Center for Dispute Settlement was established in 1973 as the 1st Community Dispute Center in New York State and the 3rd in the US.  They provide ADR services for the 8-county Finger Lakes Region in Western New York. Since the late 1990s, they’ve embraced the Transformative Mediation model.  During the most recent year CDS provided dispute resolution services to more than 9000 individuals involving more than 2500 conflict situations.

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA:  Susquehanna Valley Mediation supports constructive conversations and responses to conflict through mediation services, group facilitation, training and education.  Founded in 2010, it has handled more than 1800 cases involving over 4000 individuals.


Dan Simon writes the blog for the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. He is a national leader in the field of transformative mediation.  He practices and teaches it in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  He's trained mediators throughout the country for the U.S. Postal Service, the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, and as an Adjunct Professor at the Hofstra University School of Law. He serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court's ADR Ethics Board, is the Immediate Past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's ADR Section; and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. He has been the director of Twin Cities Mediation since he founded it in 1998. He helps with divorces, parenting differences, real estate issues, employment cases, business disputes, and neighbor to neighbor conflicts.

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