Conflict Resolution Center hosts mediation training |

Conflict Resolution Center hosts mediation training

Gayle Long, from left, Rio (Thomas) Lambie, Jim O'Brien, Charma Pipersky, Judge Thomas Anderson, Jane V. Lee, Judge Sean Dowling, Diane Helms and Steve Switzer
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The Conflict Resolution Center of Nevada County, a nonprofit community-based organization, held its annual mediation training Oct. 17-19 at the Nevada County Association of Realtors Easterly Hall. The Nevada County Association of Realtors recognizes the benefit of this valuable training by allowing CRC to use its facility once a year.

The training was a huge success, said board Director Diana Helms. CRC has already received sign-up reservations for its next 25-hour mediation training.

CRC’S guest speakers included Judge Sean Dowling, Judge Tom Anderson, Helen Cavanaugh, Kirra Jefferson, Tom Highsmith and Barbara Coffman.

The trainees who attend the full 25-hour mediation course are given a certificate and offered the opportunity to become volunteer mediators for CRC by first observing several meditations and then co-mediating with a lead seasoned mediator. Conflict Resolution Center-trained mediators facilitate mediations for the courts. These mediations include unlawful detainers, small claims and temporary restraining orders. CRC mediators also facilitate private meditations, as well, based on a sliding-fee scale. The purpose is to make mediation available to everyone in need regardless of their ability to pay, teach conflict resolution and train future mediators.

Every Monday and a number of other days throughout the year, CRC’S volunteer mediators arrive at the courthouse ready, willing and able to volunteer their time to mediate cases. Depending on the case, the judge suggests that the plaintiff and defendant mediate with CRC-trained mediators to see if they can come to an agreement on their own. Once an agreement has been reached, it is taken before the judge for approval. This saves the courts and the community time and money. In addition, the parties have an opportunity to hear and be heard and reach an understanding of the other’s point of view.

CRC is recognized and partly funded by DRPA funds, as well as in-kind volunteer hours by mediating and presenting training and workshops.

If you or someone you know is in need of mediation or training or would like to have CRC present a workshop, contact CRC at 530-477-6517. You can also visit its website at

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