Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Country: USA
  • City: Tacoma
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: -
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All types of disputes

[edit] Description

[edit] Overview

The Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution (PCCDR) is an independent non-profit 501(C)(3) mediation service provider and training center in downtown Tacoma, Washington.

PCCDR believes that collaboration and consensus building are better than litigation as methods of resolving conflicts. This belief drives their commitment to making affordable mediation and settlement conference services available to the community.

PCCDR also provides reasonably priced mediation training to enable people to incorporate collaborative dispute resolution into their personal and professional lives.

[edit] Mission

The Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution provides innovative, affordable and cooperative ways to resolve differences and transform relationships.

PCCDR delivers quality services and products ranging from mediation, training, conflict resolution, settlement conferences, facilitations, and educational resources in professional, efficient and affordable ways to members of government, business, non-profit organizations and individuals.

PCCDR is committed to an effective, efficient and fiscally sound operation emphasizing accountability and excellence in all that we do. PCCDR creates measurements, systems, processes, procedures and evaluate feedback for all Center services.

PCCDR is recognized by their superior recruiting, development and retention of staff and volunteers. PCCDR actively promotes diversity in all of their relationships. PCCDR further understands that building close relationships with their community is paramount to their success.

[edit] Mediation Services

Mediation is a voluntary, collaborative process in which one or more impartial mediators facilitate the communication between disputing parties in order to resolve the conflict. Unlike arbitration or litigation, where one side "wins" and the other side "loses," the goal of mediation is to help the disputing parties come to an agreement that satisfies everyone. In mediation, the parties control the outcome, not a judge.

Mediation can be especially useful when parties have some sort of ongoing relationship, as it can be a factor in repairing a breach of trust between parties. In mediation, all parties are in one room together with one or more trained mediators helping them work toward a mutually agreeable solution.

[edit] Settlement Conference Services

A settlement conference is a type of mediation required by the court before parties go to trial in a civil dispute.

The Settlement Conference is run by an attorney-mediator with qualified knowledge of the law. The attorney-mediator does not advise or advocate for the parties, but facilitates negotiation, asks questions to achieve a mutually satisfactory outcome, and may assist the parties in writing agreements.

Generally speaking, the parties and their attorneys are scheduled to be in separate rooms and the mediator is assigned his/her own room. The mediator will meet with each party individually, unless the parties agree to meet together in one room.

After the Settlement Conference case is closed, the Center may send a Settlement Conference Report to the Court as proof that the parties have fulfilled their pretrial requirement.

PCCDR is the only dispute resolution center in the state of Washington that coordinates pre-trial settlement conferences. Other available options are limited to judicial settlement conferences, when available at the courthouse, and private mediators.

[edit] Training Institute

PCCDR training department offers trainings open to the public and also offers contract customized trainings for public and private entities, including government agencies, school districts, non-profits, and private businesses.

All their trainings include experiential learning, combined with small and large group dialogues and exercises that encourage a safe and creative environment. PCCDR believes learning is maximized by enjoyment, creativity, discovery, and confidentiality (safety).

Their public trainings include a 40-hour Basic Mediation Training (BMT), advanced Parent/Teen mediation (for mediators or family-focused workers such as therapists/counselors), and on-going advanced skills training for mediators. Also available is their mediation Practicum for those who have completed the BMT and wish to be certified mediators.

Their training staff has extensive background in national and international mediation and conflict resolution training and practice, starting in the 1970's. Their diverse experience includes conflicts in schools, families, juvenile justice, communities/neighborhoods, and county, state and national government agencies.

In addition to the Basic Mediation Training, PCCDR offers advanced training for those interested in further developing their mediator toolkit and finding a specific area of focus. PCCDR offers such trainings as Parent/Teen Mediation training and Workplace Mediation Training. We also hold monthly in-services for their volunteers as part of their continuing education as mediators.

[edit] Contact

738 Broadway, Suite 400, Tacoma, WA 98402 - USA

Tel: (253) 572-3657

Fax: (253) 572-3579

Email: mhood@pccdr.org

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