Conflict Resolution Day

The Third Thursday in October, this year which is Oct 16th is Conflict Resolution Day.

Please join the Southern Minnesota/Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (SM/RCDRP) and Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in celebrating this day.  Conflict Resolution Day was conceived in 2005 by ACR to promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative methods and peaceful means to resolving conflict.

Share with your family, friends, business associates that this October 16th is a day when citizens choose to resolve their dispute in a respectful, constructive and positive manner.

If you have questions please contact Debra Petersen, Executive Director, SM/RCDRP at 507.664.3522 or email:


Free Informational Talk

School Year Stress

Before the new school year begins to get you so stresses that you feel you need to get away come and learn how to reduce the new school year stress; family schedule management and control electronic use for the upcoming school year.  With settling into the new school year there will be times of stress that will cause discord among family members. This FREE talk will provide techniques to help manage the school year stress.

Contact the Faribault Community Center to register. 507 384 0516

Saturday – Sept 13, 2014 9:30 a.m

Who is the RCDRP Director?

Debra Petersen, LPC, the RCDRP Director is a Qualified Neutral, which means she is listed on the Minnesota state roster.  Debra received her initial basic skills in mediation in 1995 while living in Colorado. In 1996, she was trained in Divorce and Child Custody Mediation.  After moving to Minnesota, and in order to volunteer with the RCDRP, she went through the required 30 hour General Mediation Training to become a Qualified Neutral; obtained additional training in Family Mediations and Elder Mediations and is listed on the Minnesota state roster.  Debra holds two Master Degrees, has trained military and DOD civilian personnel in conflict resolution and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Wisconsin.

New Year Goal

Thanks to everyone that used our services in 2013 we had a 102% increase in people using our services from the previous year.

If your organization needs a speaker, give the RCDRP Director, Debra Petersen a call or send her an email at

If your organization could use some professional training that pertains to Conflict Resolution, give the RCDRP director a call or send an email.

Debra Petersen, LPC has been a trained mediator since 1995 and been involved with Community Mediations in Minnesota since 2003.

The major goal for the program in 2014 is to serve even more people than the previous year.

So get the word out, Conflict Resolution is on the rise.

Internet Fundraiser

By using ( powered by Yahoo) for your internet searches you will raise money for the community mediation program.  By shopping at and signing up through for dining you will be raising money effortlessly.  Once you make your default search engine, choose Southern Minnesota Alternative Mediation Program – RCDRP as your cause.  Then let the searching, shopping and dining begin.  By doing what you normally do over the internet, your everyday activity will raise money for RCDRP.  How easy is that! Thank you for your support.

If you want to make a monetary donation to RCDRP, your donation is tax deductible.  Make checks out to RCDRP and mail to RCDRP, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, HS #125 Northfield, MN 55057.  Make a note in the memo block Donation.  If the donation is over $250, a letter receipt will be provided.  All donations are welcome and needed.

Informational Talks

If your organization needs a speaker for your meeting, please contact the RCDRP director. She would like to share with your group what mediation is all about; the services RCDRP offers and by working together we can make the community stronger.

Debra Petersen, LPC, Executive Director  507.664.3522 or 507.332.0294 or email

WCCO Talks about Mediation

Watch CBS/WCCO-TV Coverage of the Conflict Resolution Center’s Work Training Legislators and Introducing a Bill to Create a Statewide Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution!