Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc believes training is an effective strategy as we seek to develop the capacity of our community to respectfully resolve conflict and repair harm. We collaborate with other mediation and restorative parties to create more opportunities for people to participate in transformative, skill-building experiences.

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June 2017

Rice County 4 Day Restorative Conferencing and Victim Offender Mediation Training

June 15, 2017 @ 8:30 am - July 23, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Training Room, Northfield Police Department, 1615 Riverview Drive
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When is the training? Thursday and Friday June 15, 16, 2017 AND Thursday and Friday 22, 23, 2017 ALL DAYS ARE REQUIRED Who is providing the training? Beth Bailey, Community Mediation and Restorative Service of Minnesota and Ted Lewis, Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking, School of Social Work at U of MN Provided by Rice County Dispute Resolution Program with a grant from the Rice County Attorney’s Office and JDAI of MN. Why? To promote alternative conflict resolution in…

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July 2017

YMCA 30 Hour Mediation Training

July 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

This 30 hour training will be specifically for YMCA staff. More information to come.

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September 2017

30 Hour Rule 114 Mediation & Restorative Justice Conferencing

September 22, 2017 @ 8:30 am - September 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Community Mediation & Restorative Services, 9220 Bass Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55428 United States
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Dates: September 22, 23, 29 and 30 8:30am-5:00pmTopics Include: • Resolving conflict & repairing harm • Facilitating difficult conversations • Skils & techniques • Rules, statutes & best practices • Mediating/ facilitating in court, community and school settings • Mediation & Restorative justice philosophy Meets Rule 114 requirements for the Supreme Court Mediation Roster CLE Credits to be applied for (Note attendance at all 30 hours is required.) For the flyer click here! Register online by clicking here.

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January 2018

MLK Weekend Circle Training

January 13 @ 8:30 am - January 15 @ 4:30 pm

Community Building Circles 101: Community Building Circles 101 is an experiential 3 day  training to introduce participants to community building circles, the bedrock of restorative approaches. In this training, participants will experience the power of community building in a circle, learn about the restorative approach--its roots and underlying principles--and learn the basics of keeping a circle. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss implementation of restorative practices in their workplace, practice keeping a circle, and gain feedback from their…

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February 2018

Exploring Restorative Justice with Dr. Raj Sethuraju

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dr. Raj Sethuraju is Assistant Professor in the School of Law Enforcement at Metropolitan State University. Who:  CMRS Volunteers and Interns and Metro State Students What: A short training focused on the basics of Restorative philosophy and principles. When: Friday February 23, from 9:00am-4:00pm Food:  Light lunch and snacks will be provided Where: Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Conference Room, 9220 Bass Lake Road, Set 270, New Hope, MN 55428 Why: As we continue to increase CMRS’ capacity to serve multiple schools in several districts,…

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Exploring Implicit Bias with Dr. Raj Sethuraju

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Community Mediation & Restorative Services, 9220 Bass Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55428 United States
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Dr. Raj Sethuraju is Assistant Professor in the School of Law Enforcement at Metropolitan State University. He will be keeping a circle to encourage participants to explore implicit bias. CMRS volunteers, Metro State students and members of the community are encouraged to attend this free event.  

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April 2018

We Are All Criminals: The Impact on Housing

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave,
St Paul, , MN 55105
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Emily Baxter We Are All Criminals: The Impact on Housing “Increasingly, lawmakers are enacting policies that restrict persons with records (particularly drug convictions) from access to public housing. Likewise, many private landlords conduct background checks on potential renters, either excluding anyone with a record or charging higher rent or triple security deposit to live there. Such collateral consequences create substantial barriers to economic, educational, and social progress: without a safe and affordable home, men, women, and families are left homeless,…

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SALAM Mediator Training

April 30 @ 8:00 am - May 4 @ 4:30 pm
Oren Gateway Center, 610 22nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454 United States
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Description Conflict resolution and mediation theory informed by Islam Mediation skills techniques and process Mediator values and conduct informed by Islam Mediation Rules Statues and Practices Youth 16-25 will receive a stipend for attending Location Augsburg University Oren Gateway Center, Room 114 610 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 To apply click on the link below.

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June 2018

30 Hour Basic Mediation Training

June 15 @ 8:30 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

Collaboration: This training is a collaboration among Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc., the Dispute Resolution Center, Mediation Services for Anoka County and Rice County Dispute Resolution Center. Emphasis: This training will emphasize mediation's role in addressing housing issues. Dates: June 15, 2018 8:30-5:00pm (New Hope) June 16, 2018 8:30-5:00pm (New Hope) June 29, 2018 8:30-5:00pm (St. Paul) June 30, 2018  8:30-5:00pm (St. Paul Location: To Be Determined Topics Include: • Conflict resolution and mediation theory • Mediation skills and…

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August 2018

The Healing Power of Dialogue

August 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join CMRS to celebrate our 35th Anniversary with dinner and "The Healing Power of Dialogue" presented by internationally renown speaker, Margaret Thorsborne. The event will be held at New Hope Cinema and Grill on August 6, 2018 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. All are welcome. The cost is $35 per person.  Since this is our Volunteer Appreciation Event this year, our CMRS volunteers are free. Margaret Thorsborne is the Managing Director of Margaret Thorsborne & Associates & Thorsborne and Associates UK. She is committed to…

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Continuing Education

CMRS directly and indirectly offers a variety of continuing education opportunities each year, including a 6-hour conference every Fall.


Limited number of scholarships are available. Contact your sponsoring organization about scholarship possibilities