The Center for Dispute Settlement provides innovative, collaborative and effective mediation and dispute resolution services and training, so that individuals and organizations can deal with conflicts constructively, strengthen their communication and improve their relationships, resulting in more functional and peaceful communities.
The Center has expertise in a full range of alternative dispute resolution services, among them mediation training, facilitation, organizational development, and the design of systems for resolving disputes.
Since 1971, when the Center was established as a nonprofit corporation in Washington, DC, CDS has applied negotiation, mediation, and other dispute settlement skills to settings involving public and private institutions, individuals, and the community.
The Center's renowned mediation training courses are offered several times each year.
New 2015 Mediator Training Course dates just added!
Our 2015 Mediator Training Course dates have been announced! Linda Singer and Michael Lewis will conduct Mediation for the Professional November 11-14, 2015. The Advanced Mediation Training dates will be announced soon. Learn more about our mediator training...
Featured Program of the Month:
Peer Mediation in DC Schools
Since 1984, CDS has worked with DC schools to design and implement school based mediation programs to teach students:
The mediation programs are credited with reducing violence in schools; reducing suspensions and missed school days; improving the climate in classrooms and schools; and teaching students valuable skills that they use in their school, at home and in their community.
To discuss implementing a mediation program in your DC school or to learn more click here