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THE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, INC.

The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. (DRC-MC) is a non-profit, volunteer organization which provides mediation and conflict resolution training to residents, businesses, agencies and the courts. There is a paid staff of 3 and over 50 volunteers, each of whom has had a minimum of 64 classroom hours of training plus six supervised co-mediations prior to handling DRC cases. The DRC-MC was started by a committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association in conjunction with commissioner's court in 1988 and mediated its first case in 1989. It is funded partly by fees imposed on filing certain civil suits in district and County Courts at Law, partly by user fees, partly by contributions and grants, and partly by contractually defined in-kind services provided by the county. The DRC-MC's main office is located in the red brick building across the street from the Montgomery County Courthouse. Mediations are held there, as well.

MEDIATION TRAINING

The DRC has combined theoretical and experiential techniques to provide quality learning. Intensive courses offer a combination of lectures, simulations, and participatory exercises. The curriculum includes:

Conflict theory

Stages of mediated problem solving

Balancing power

Managing the negotiation

Strategic communication skills

Handling emotions and impasse

Mediator ethics

Drafting agreements

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