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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April 2018

We Are All Criminals: The Impact on Housing

April 20, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 8:00 am - May 4, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 8:30 am - June 30, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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October 2018

Transforming Community Spaces: Bending the Arc of Memory Towards Healing and Justice

October 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Univerisity of Minnesota Mondale Commons, 301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Transforming Community Spaces: A Workshop Throughout the nation, we are seeing insistent challenges to monuments, memorials, contaminated sites, and other locations identified with histories of oppression. “Transforming Community Spaces” (TCS) helps institutions and communities take on these challenges through inclusive, transparent dialogues intended to uncover hidden histories, advance social justice, and promote collective healing. This training will serve to introduce facilitators to the concepts of problematic community spaces, to trauma-informed facilitation, and to ways of effecting enduring collaborative change. Participants…

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Monumental Conversations: Lessons from Charlottesville

October 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Univerisity of Minnesota Mondale Commons, 301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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In this evening presentation, “Monumental Conversations: Lessons from Charlottesville,” Dr. Frank Dukes will share his experiences leading up to and following the August 11th, 2017 events in Charlottesville. The presentation will be held in the Humphrey School’s Cowles Auditorium from 7- 8:30 with a meet-and-greet reception option from 6-6:45 in the atrium. For more information or to support the work of CMRS, please email or call Beth Bailey at 763-561- 0033 or [email protected] To register for the meet and greet reception from…

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January 2019

30-Hour Civil Mediation Training

January 10 @ 8:00 am - January 18 @ 5:00 pm
Training Room, Northfield Police Department, 1615 Riverview Drive
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Join us for a 30-hour Civil Mediation training. We hope to promote alternative conflict resolution in our community. Come learn and develop skills for your communication and work toolbox that include: determining interests, recognizing goals and positions, framing and re-framing issues, breaking through impasses, identifying power imbalances and learning to be neutral in difficult situations. Scholarships available upon request. Training dates are January 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th. Register at EventBrite:

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March 2019

Harassment Court Mediation Continuing Education

March 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc., 9220 Bass Lake Road, Ste. 270
New Hope, 55428
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We're back on (after the Arctic Vortex forced us to cancel on 1/30)! Our Hennepin County Harassment Court Referees, Melissa Houghtaling and Mark Labine, will, again, be our presenters. It is open to anyone who may wish to mediate in this venue or is mediating in this venue. It will be a an exceptional opportunity to get up-to-date information on court procedures and best practices and one-on-one feedback with the Referees! We will be addressing writing agreements and the variety…

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Gallery Display and Volunteer Appreciation Event

March 28 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us on March 28, 2019 for our Gallery Display and Volunteer Appreciation Event. 4:30-5:00 (Open-House) 5:00-6:00 (Volunteer Appreciation) 6:00-7:00 (Open-House) Hennepin County Government Center 300 S. 6th Street, A-Level The Gallery is open to the public March 2-28  from 7:30 am-5:00 pm. Register by calling 763-561-0033 or  by clicking here.

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August 2019

Community Building Circle Training

August 20 @ 9:00 am - August 22 @ 4:00 pm
Northwest Family Service Center Building, 7051 Brooklyn Blvd #304
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 United States
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About the Training: Community building circles are a way of intentionally building relationships. Based in indigenous practice, circles foster authentic, human connection and recognize that every person is worthy of belonging and wants to be in good relationship with those around them. In this training, we will experience being together in circle, explore the elements of circle, and develop circle outlines. Meet the Trainers: Christopher Mendez received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in Social Psychology. He completed his…

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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