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In Memory of Dick Beedon

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to a long time friend of the DRC, Dick Beedon, and beloved spouse to Board Member, Muffy MacKenzie. He lived every day trying to make a positive impact and inspired others through his charismatic and entrepreneurial spirit. In lieu...
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Why Mediation is a model for problem solving

Unresolved disputes can hurt economies or degrade the quality of life in a community. Belinda Dulin, executive director of The Dispute Resolution Center, explains why mediation is a viable alternative to costly and time-consuming court cases.

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The Diversity Project

Cultural identity is not always understood and dealt with effectively in the field of mediation. Race, gender, sexual orientation, age (whether elderly or adolescent) socio-economic disparity, disability are often the elephant in the room when people are attempting to resolve a conflict. The Diversity Project was initiated as a result of The Dispute Resolution Center’s decision...
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Adult Guardianship & Mediation Services

Aging adults often find themselves involved in disputes regarding their rights, wishes and beliefs, which may have been overlooked or disregarded by family members, social service organizations, or the legal system. Often, an aging person’s need for care conflicts with the necessity of respecting their rights. When this happens, adult guardianship mediation can help...
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Divorce and Separation

Mediation is less combative than litigation and helps to preserve the part of the relationship necessary to co-parent or re-address issues afterwards.  Domestic relations mediation can be used to address: custody and visitation, support, and debt matters. Since mediation is directed by the parties present, you are not required to have an attorney.  However, we encourage parties...
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Special Education Mediation

Issues which arise between parents of students with disabilities and school personnel are often challenging and emotional. Although everyone wants the best educational program for each student, not everyone always agrees on what is best.  The Dispute Resolution Center offers the following services to parents and schools, free of charge: Mediation The Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP)...
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Peacemaking Court

Peacemaking courts provide a model to replace the limitations of the adversarial system with more comprehensive, harmonious and balanced solutions that integrate the repairing of harm, healing of relationships, restoration of the individual within their family and community, and redirection to a different path. Peacemaking honors 3 values intrinsic to tribal courts: “Three R’s”-Respect, Responsibility,...
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Facilitation

The DRC provides facilitation services to help foster meaningful group discussions and decision making.  Our facilitators are superior because they know how to use process and stay out of content.  If you need support in developing an agenda, ensuring that all group members are engaged, and making good group decisions, consider this service. The cost of The DRC Facilitator is...
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Small Claims

The DRC has partnered with the 14A District Court to provide mediation services to all people who have a small claims case.  The judges have found that when people try mediaton first they usually can reach a satisfactory agreement. Therefore, all small claims cases in 14A are ordered to mediation before going before the magistrate....
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