Center for Human Development

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Center for Human Development
  • Country: USA
  • City: Pleasant Hill
  • Type of organization: Non-profit Organization
  • Date of creation: 1972
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: Community, Family (…) Disputes

[edit] Description

Center for Human Development (CHD) is a community-based organization that offers a spectrum of services for at-risk youth, individuals, families, and communities in the Bay Area. Since 1972 CHD has provided wellness programs and support aimed at empowering people and promoting positive growth.

Its staff and several hundred volunteers create and deliver programs and services addressing wellness, youth leadership, conflict resolution, parenting skills, and other challenges facing the community.

Its volunteers work side-by-side with its staff to deliver quality programs in schools and community sites throughout Contra Costa as well as San Francisco and Alameda counties. CHD is known for our innovative programs and is committed to improving the quality of life in its communities.

[edit] Mission

In partnership with the community, CHD creates opportunities for people to realize their full potential. Its committed staff and network of trained volunteers work together to promote health and harmony in individuals, families and communities.

[edit] Values

  • Educating youth and adults about alcohol, tobacco and other substance abuse prevention.
  • Standing up for healthy, non-violent communities.
  • Mobilizing young people to create change in their communities.
  • Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teens.
  • Training and supporting volunteers and valuing their contribution.
  • Celebrating diversity in the largest sense of the word.
  • Using the power of group process and teamwork to advance toward goals.
  • Making services affordable and accessible to all members of the community.

[edit] Conflict Resolution Programs

Solving Disputes Together When communication breaks down between disputing individuals or groups, the situation can escalate, often leading to expensive legal action or even violence. Trained mediators of CHD diffuse anger and help both parties reach a win-win resolution at a fraction of the cost of legal services.

CHD's Conflict Resolution Programs have provided mediation services and conflict management training to Contra Costa County residents and business groups for more than two decades.

Its team of approximately 100 volunteer mediators are trained and certified to resolve:

  • Personal Disputes
  • Neighbor conflicts over noise, fences, pets, etc.
  • Family disputes involving parents, teenagers, elders.
  • Co-worker grievances.
  • Landlord/tenant/roommate issues.
  • Customer/merchant conflicts.
  • Organization Disputes
  • Business/workplace disagreements involving employees, management, contractors, etc.
  • Organization conflicts between groups such as school boards and parent associations.
  • Real estate issues between buyers, sellers, contractors and realtors.
  • Homeowners' association/member disputes.
  • Guardianship Disputes
  • Guardian/parent mediations concerning child custody, visitation schedules and other child care issues.
  • Under law, we can only accept cases referred by the Probate Court.

[edit] Tribes Group Process

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

CHD believes that the most powerful force for personal and societal change is the small community. When everyone in a small group feels included, valued, supported and unified around a common goal, lives are changed and then communities can be transformed.

Tribes is a highly interactive group process that accelerates learning, problem-solving, decision-making and consensus-building through positive peer cooperation and collaboration.

Tribes was developed by the Center for Human Development in 1973 and is the foundation of all our prevention programs for children, teens and adults.

Tribes creates a safe environment for more effective learning of any curricula, from drug abuse prevention to family health and wellness. Small support groups meet regularly within a large group. A series of activities is intentionally designed to foster success and support within any group, be it a school class, community board or business.

Thousands of people in the Bay Area have benefited from Tribes-based programs.

[edit] Contact

Center for Human Development 391 Taylor Blvd., Suite 120 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523- USA

Phone: (925) 687-8844

Fax: (925) 687-6903


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