Conflict Resolution Center (ND)

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Conflict Resolution Center (ND)
  • Country: USA
  • City: Grand Forks
  • Type of organization: Non-profit Organization
  • Date of creation: 1988
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All kinds of Disputes

[edit] Description

“North Dakota, the Peace Garden State, is home to a unique organization whose staff and volunteers offer support and training for those people committed to fostering understanding and peace. The Conflict Resolution Center, located on the campus of the University of North Dakota, is a non-profit community mediation and training organization. The CRC was established in 1988 by a group of UND faculty and staff in order to provide mediation services to the UND campus community.”

Since its inception, CRC has expanded its services to meet the growing conflict management needs of its clientele. CRC now also offers conflict management training/education, mediation training, and facilitation. CRC is the only community mediation and training center in the Dakotas.

The CRC is the Administrative Office for the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. The ISCT is a national think-tank supported by a consortium of universities including the University of North Dakota, Hofstra Law School, Temple University, and James Madison University. Kristine Paranica, Director, serves as Administrative Director and Fellow; member James Antes, Ph.D., serves as Fellow; and staff member Linda Hendrikson and member Janet Kelly Moen serve as Associates of the Institute. The Institute provides the premier resources for the theory and practice of Transformative Mediation in the world.

[edit] Mission Statement

“To transform the fundamental human experience of conflict by fostering greater understanding and peace”

The CRC has become a leader in transformative mediation and conflict management over the past several years. In fact, CRC is one of the leading transformative mediation centers in the world.

The CRC is the administrative office for the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT), the "think-tank" for transformative mediation. The CRC is now part of a consortium of universities providing support for the ISCT, along with Hofstra University and James Madison University. Its director, Kristine Paranica, and Jim Antes, who serves on our board of directors, are Fellows of the ISCT and also serve on its management team. Staff member, Linda Hendrikson, and member Janet Kelly Moen, are Associates of the ISCT. CRC has worked closely with the authors of the transformative mediation theory, Joseph Folger and R. Baruch Bush, who wrote The Promise of Mediation (1994, 2005) and Designing Mediation: Approaches to Training and Practice within a Transformative Framework (2001).

CRC has presented several times at the Annual International Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) on transformative mediation, and has also presented its work at the International Transformative Mediation Conferences, National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (NCPCR), the National Training Conference of Criminal Justice and Community Leaders, and various other regional and national conferences.

[edit] Vision & Strategic Plan

“To support human understanding, growth, and peace to enrich the world around us by:

  • Establishing the Conflict Resolution Center as a Center of Excellence at the University of North Dakota and in the state of North Dakota;
  • Strengthening Our Status a World Leader in Transformative Theory and Practice;
  • Becoming a partner to the international community of peace and conflict resolution by providing interdisciplinary research, theory development, and application;
  • Establishing interpersonal communication as a crucial means of conflict transformation and peaceful dialogue by fostering awareness and understanding in all our activities.”

[edit] Mediation Services

The Conflict Resolution Center practices Transformative Mediation.

It is a process of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in which one or more impartial mediators assist parties in having a conversation about their issues/conflicts.

Mediators help parties discuss their differences, increase their clarity and understanding of the situation, hear new information, listen to each other, identify choices and resources, and make decisions about their dispute.

Mediators work with parties in conflict to help them change the quality of their interactions from negative and destructive to positive and constructive.

Mediators make no decisions for the parties and give no advice. Their role is not to judge or evaluate.

Mediators of CRC respect the parties' abilities, needs, emotions and autonomy to make their own choices and decisions that best fit their situation.

At the end of the mediation the mediators can assist the parties in preparing a summary of their decisions, if the parties so desire.

Professional mediators and dedicated volunteer mediators of CRC can help you work through your conflict.

[edit] Contact

314 Cambridge St Stop 8009 Grand Forks, ND 58202-8009 - USA

Phone: 701-777-3664

Fax: 701-777-6182


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