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Membership at the Conflict Resolution Center has its privileges. Our members can choose to be mediators for the CRC and increase their mediation skills by volunteering for various cases throughout the year. Members receive discounts on our workshops and seminars and are kept up-to-date on our activities with our bi-yearly newsletter. We also offer various educational opportunities for our members throughout the year, including theory and family group.

Choice of Membership:

Typically, affiliate members do not live within a reasonable distance to the CRC nor do they have a lot of time to volunteer. However, affiliate members do have a desire to increase their professional and skill development and are interested in establishing or maintaining a relationship with the CRC. Affiliate Members are not required to complete a specified number of educational and skill development or service delivery hours, but are encouraged to help out when it is possible. Affiliate Members share their learning from the practical application of conflict resolution principles with the CRC members through attendance at the CRC sponsored seminars and workshops, telephone conversations, e-mail, or written documents. Affiliate Members get a 15% discount at all of our training seminars and workshops.
Associate Members actively increase their professional and skill development through their role as mediators at the CRC and their involvement with our various educational groups and committees. Associate Members are required to complete 10 hours of educational and skill development training sponsored or approved by the CRC and 10 hours of service delivery each year. Associate Members receive a 30% discount at all of our training seminars and workshops.
To be eligible for full membership, you must have served at least one year as an Associate Member and have completed the required number of educational and skill development and service delivery hours. Full Members are also required to complete 10 hours of educational and skill development and 10 service delivery hours. Full Members are able to take our training seminars and workshops at cost (i.e., full members only pay the cost of food and materials).  Full Members have voting privileges and are eligible to serve on our Advisory Board, where you will get 21 hours of Service Delivery and provide leadership to the Center.  Current Board Members:  Joe Vacek - Chair, Joan Hawthorne, James Antes, Arlinda Kristjanson, Faith Finney & Brittnee Steckler.
After five years of service as a Full Member, you may be eligible for tenured status. Tenured Members are required to fulfill 5 educational and skill development hours and 5 service delivery hours, yet their benefits remain the same as Full Membership.

CRC MembershipVolunteer Opportunities at the CRC:

*Most groups, meetings, interviews and committee work can be accommodated via conference phone or Skype

_________THEORY GROUP (2 Hours Education and Skill Development)

Theory group meets once a month and discusses various articles and books. The group reads an article or chapters from a book in advance and then gathers to discuss the material.

_________FAMILY DEBRIEF GROUP (1 Hour Education and Skill Development)

Family Group consists of mediators that have taken additional training in Family mediation. The group meets once a month and provides an opportunity for members to debrief their mediation cases. Some months, topics or articles are discussed that pertain to these mediations.

_________MEDIATION SEMINAR ROLE-PLAY COACHING (# of hours commensurate with hours of coaching)

 

Coaching new mediators is essential to their development. You can start by co-coaching with an experienced mediator and then solo coach when you are comfortable. You can also acquire Education and Skill Development hours by sitting in on portions of the training that are of interest or on which you would like a refresher.

_________NEW MEMBER INTERVIEWS (1 Hour Service Delivery)

Assisting CRC Staff in conducting new member interview is a nice way to meet new members. You would take part in a 30-minute interview process.

_________MEDIATION (# of Service Delivery Hours commensurate with hours of mediation)

Co-mediating for the Center is an excellent way to practice the skills you have learned and gain experience with the process and execution of Transformative Mediation. You will be paired with an experienced mediator and can participate to the level that you are comfortable. You have had to have taken the Family Mediation Seminar to mediate Family cases.

_________FACILITATION/TEAM DEVELOPMENT (# of Service Delivery Hours commensurate with hours of the event)

Many group events facilitated by the Center require 2 or more facilitators, so volunteering to help train, chart, work with small groups, etc. is a way to experience the training side of the Center's work.

_________COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS AND EDUCATION (# of Service Delivery Hours commensurate with hours of the presentation or education session)

These opportunities include:

Douglas Place – a halfway house where CRC provides basic conflict management education and skill building once a month

Grand Forks Mission – CRC provides base conflict management education and skill building 4 times per month (could be multiple volunteers, each taking a session)

Lutheran Social Services Day Report – An afterschool program for at risk youth, where CRC provides conflict management education and skill building 2 times per week – typically planned and led by CRC interns

_________ANNUAL MEETING PLANNING COMMITTEE (4 Hours Service Delivery)

Each year, the CRC holds an annual meeting where all members gather, review the year, Full Members may vote on issues, etc. It is usually held off campus and is planned to be an enjoyable evening for CRC and its membership.

_________ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM PLANNING COMMITTEE (10 Hours Service Delivery)

As a part of the Certificate in Conflict Transformation, the Center hosts a Symposium on a topic related to conflict management and the topic changes each year. Planning for the conference starts months in advance and includes logistics, marketing, content, etc.

_________READING ARTICLES/CHAPTERS (1 Hour of Education and Skill Development per article/chapter)

This can be done independently or in conjunction with recommendations from Center staff.

_________ASSISTING WITH OFFICE NEEDS (# of Service Delivery Hours commensurate with hours volunteered)

At times, the Center has special projects or needs that require extra help answering phones, filing, completing basic office tasks, compiling manuals, compiling mailings, shredding, organizing, etc.

_________MARKETING EFFORTS (# of Service Delivery Hours commensurate with hours of volunteering)

CRC does its own marketing and is always open for creative ideas and help "pounding the pavement." This volunteering could include development of marketing materials (online, posters, brochures, emails, etc.), dissemination of materials, organization of mailing lists, etc.

_________OTHER

List other areas of interest you have that may fit with the mission and work of the CRC:

Your membership hours are tracked both by you and by the CRC. We are happy to help you get creative with ways to achieve your yearly requirements!

Anyone who has taken one of our 32 or 40-hour Transformative Civil or Family Mediation Seminars is eligible to become a member of the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC). If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill out the form below. We will then contact your references and subsequently schedule an interview with you. The interview process is informal and allows us the opportunity to have a conversation about the mutual benefits of your membership.


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