Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center
  • Country: USA
  • City: Port Angeles
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1993
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All types of disputes (family, community, business…)

[edit] Description

The Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center (PDRC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering conflict resolution services to residents of Clallam and Jefferson Counties in Washington since 1993. Governed by a Board of Directors made up of community members, and supported by the United Way and other generous donations, the PDRC served over 1400 clients in 2007. Volunteer mediators provide most of their direct services.

[edit] Mission

“We help people resolve conflict. If you feel overwhelmed because of conflict in your life, we can help. Whether you are in a neighborhood dispute, embroiled in a family quarrel or a work related clash, we can help. If you need to navigate through a new parenting plan or need assistance modifying an existing plan, we can help. If your business is suffering due to conflict, facilitation or training may be needed. We can help. Call us today and we will explain how mediation works, guide you through a simple intake process over the phone, match you with trained mediators and most importantly, we will listen. Our fees are based on a sliding fee scale and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.”

[edit] Mediation

Mediation is one way that people can resolve their conflicts and still maintain or improve the quality of the relationship with the other person. In a family, a business environment, or in small towns, this can be especially important. In a mediation session, can be expected:

  • A thorough introduction to the mediation process by trained mediators.
  • Ground rules to help keep your communication positive.
  • Ample time to tell your side of the story, how you feel about it and how you would like to resolve the issues.
  • Time to listen to the other parties' side of the story and how they feel about it.
  • Participation for building an agenda for items that need resolution.
  • Negotiation of each item on the agenda.
  • Written settlement agreements that can be used as evidence of a legally binding contract between you.
  • Most mediation sessions last 2 to 3 hours. In complex cases, additional session may be scheduled.

[edit] Parenting Plan and Parenting Plan Modifications

In the state of Washington parents must have a "Parenting Plan" before a judge will grant a divorce. Complicated paperwork is the last thing parents in conflict want to deal with. Mediators can assist parents with this paperwork while at the same time help them emotionally clean up historical issues, plan for healthy communication in the future and create a game plan for dealing with potential unforeseen hot buttons; i.e. new partners, residential transfers, children's changing needs. It is so vital for children with divorcing parents that their parents move out of the pain of the past and back to fully functioning parents again. When parents can't move on, children suffer in school, in peer relationships and in self esteem.

[edit] Family Mediation

Families are complex. Well meaning intentions like lending money, sharing responsibilities for elderly members or leaving assets in a Will can, when mixed with high emotion and/or inadequate communication can easily turn into conflict. Well meaning family members may find it hard to confront each other or the issues and so the conflict many times escalates generating huge losses of energy, both physically and emotionally.

[edit] Business Mediation

Mediation is an effective and efficient process to help resolve employment disputes. A neutral mediator can assist parties in reaching a voluntary, negotiated agreement. Choosing mediation to resolve employment disputes promotes a better work environment, reduces costs and brings satisfaction for both the employer and the employee. According to Halvorson Human Resources, the cost of turnover ranges from approximately 3 months pay for an hourly worker to $145,000 for a hi-tech employee.

[edit] Training

Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center provides training in the following areas:

  • Mediation
  • Advanced Family Mediation Training
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Communications Skills
  • Customized Business Trainings
  • Program
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Victim/Offender Mediation
  • Peer Mediation Program

[edit] Contact

PO Box 1034, Port Angeles, WA 98362 - USA

Tel: (360) 452-8024

Fax: (360) 452-0458

Email: pdrc@olypen.com

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