• Mediation Services

      Resolving disputes is CDR’s specialty.   We’ve mediated thousands of cases over the last 30 years, utilizing well-trained and experienced mediators and case developers to provide high quality services throughout the mediation process.

      We offer mediation services in a variety of areas within our Community, Family, and Restorative Justice Programs.

      Family Mediation

      Separation/Divorce

      Couples

      Co-parenting

      Parent/Teen

      Elder Care & Probate

      Community Mediation

      Neighbor to Neighbor

      Landlord/Tenant

      Manufactured Communities

      Nonprofit/For-profit

      Government/Public

       

       

      Restorative Justice 

      Restorative Justice in Schools

      Community Restorative Justice

      Circuit Court Diversion

      Municipal Court Diversion

      Post-Release Victim-Offender

       

    • Facilitation Services

      CDR has well-trained and experienced facilitators who can work with groups of all sizes and types.

      Our facilitation services are tailored to the needs of a particular group, and we can be flexible with meeting lengths, times, as well as one-time vs. ongoing facilitation needs.

      If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please reach out to CDR to talk with our staff who can help match our services with your needs. 

      Family Mediation

      Separation/Divorce

      Couples

      Co-parenting

      Parent/Teen

      Elder Care & Probate

      Community Mediation

      Neighbor to Neighbor

      Landlord/Tenant

      Manufactured Communities

      Nonprofit/For-profit

      Government/Public

       

       

      Restorative Justice 

      Restorative Justice in Schools

      Community Restorative Justice

      Circuit Court Diversion

      Municipal Court Diversion

      Post-Release Victim-Offender

       

    • Restorative Justice Services

      CDR has decades of experience with youth and adult restorative justice.

      Restorative justice guides people who commit harms to take a full and active form of accountability.  At the same time, it takes seriously the needs of victims and their right to have a strong voice in how the harm is repaired.  Schools, courts, and workplaces are increasingly training their teams in these values and tools.

      Schools

      CDR supports the growing movement in education for more holistic, equitable, relationship-based discipline structures.  We assist educators and administrators in cultivating meaningful, growth-oriented accountability in their schools through professional development trainings, sustained coaching of specific school personnel, systems consultation, and facilitation of restorative discipline dialogues.

       

      Criminal Justice

      In partnership with the Office of the Lane County District Attorney, CDR runs a Restorative Justice Diversion Program.  Defendants who plead into this program go through a series of dialogues to collaboratively explore what full accountability means for their situation, where the impacts have been, and what can be done towards making things right.  This program has an excellent track record of diverting individuals away from sentencing and toward meaningful community integration.  

       

      Community

      Residents of Lane County may initiate a case with CDR for a Restorative process to address a specific harm. Our trained, experienced facilitators conduct individual meetings with the person harmed and the person or people who caused the harm.  We uncover impacts and needs, and determine whether to convene a dialogue between the parties.  These cases have some resemblance to mediations, but the goals are authentic rebalancing of relationships, humanizing the “other,” and seeking to address real impacts. 

       

  • Resources and Learning

Mediators are responsible for the process;

the parties are responsible for the outcome.

 Community Mediation Services, now the Center for Dialogue and Resolution (CDR) has been serving Lane County as a non-profit organization since 1982. As mediators we assist parties in conflict by guiding them through an informal dialogue process in which they are empowered to collaboratively create a win-win resolution with each other.

A partnership with Lane County Department of Youth Services was formed around 1992 which began the Restorative Justice Program (RJP) at CDR. RJP primarily serves victims and juvenile offenders, as well as the community as a whole. By providing safe opportunities for dialogue, RJP enables those individuals who were impacted by a crime to come together with those are believed to be responsible for it, so they themselves can decide together how the harms can best be repaired.

In all cases, we provide highly skilled, well-trained mediators who remain impartial regarding the issues at hand while creating a fair and safe environment in which the discussion can occur. By remaining neutral and unattached to the outcome, mediators work to help each party express their interests in a way the other party can hear and they help each party to understand the interests of the other.  [learn more about the guided process of mediation]

CDR concentrates its focus in the following areas:

Community Disputes

CDR acts as a neutral third party to help solve problems between neighbors, landlords and tenants, consumers and merchants, organizations, businesses, co-workers, housemates, and others. We offer mediation on issues including pets, noise, lifestyle, rental agreements, money and more. The Community program can usually address any dispute that could conceivably be resolved through dialogue as long as both parties are genuinely interested in finding resolution to the problem and are competent to make decisions for themselves and understand the implications of such a decision.

Restorative Justice

CDR partners with Lane County Department of Youth Services to bring juvenile offenders together with their victims to discuss the offense and all of its impacts and to reach agreements for reparation and healing. On occasion, when appropriate, CDR also provides mediation for cases involving adult offenders and their victims.

 Parent-Teen Mediation

We provide low-cost mediation services to parents and teens who need help resolving conflict between them. CDR offers an effective alternative to counseling that provides an opportunity for open communication and discussion of issues such as curfew, car use, school attendance, dating, friendships, drug use, and household responsibilities.

Building Peaceful Communities


For the past four decades, CDR has been building more peaceful communities in Lane County.  Our services, and the training and workshops we provide, have helped tens of thousands learn how to use positive communication to transform conflict.

DIVORCE 101

Once a month, CDR provides a low-cost informational workshop for those considering separation or divorce.
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Upcoming Workshop