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...