Elder Issues in Mediation


This one day workshop will address the issues a mediator could encounter during mediation and provide the tools necessary to remain an effective mediator when one party has reached senior status.  Not a mediator, the information provided will benefit anyone that is associated with the senior population.
Wed, July 9th, Northfield Senior Center, Room 106.
Cost: $80
Questions or needing more information and to register: Contact Debra Petersen, RCDRP Executive Director via email director@rcdrp.org or 507.664.3522
Registration deadline is Monday Jul 7th, in order to have handout materials.
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(6 CLE/CEUs applied for)

TWO Upcoming FREE Informational Talks

Two FREE Informational Talks are being offered through the Faribault Community Center.  Questions contact Jeff Jarvis at the Faribault Community Center or the speaker Debra Petersen, LPC at 507.664.3522 or email: director@rcdrp.org

Summer Discord

Summer is only so long.  Don’t let disagreements; frustration with summer behaviors; out of control electronic use or parental boundary violations put unnecessary stress on you and the rest of the family. Come learn some easy techniques to make your summer less stressful.

Tuesday – June 10, 2014 7 p.m.

Saturday – June 14, 2014 9:30 a.m.


School Year Stress

Before the new school year begins 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.

Tuesday – August 26, 2014 7 p.m.

Thursday – Sept 11, 2014 7 p.m.

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.

Volunteers Wanted

Rice County Dispute Resolution Program is a private, non-profit organization that is in need of volunteer mediators. If you want to see if mediation is for you, contact the director to schedule an informational meeting.
If you are already a trained mediator and your training is accepted by the state of Minnesota, please contact Debra Petersen, LPC, RCDRP Director to start volunteering with the program.  Send Debra an email at director@rcdrp.org or call 507.664.3522.

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 director@rcdrp.org

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 Goodsearch.com ( powered by Yahoo) for your internet searches you will raise money for the community mediation program.  By shopping at Goodshop.com and signing up through Goodsearch.com for dining you will be raising money effortlessly.  Once you make Goodsearch.com 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 director@rcdrp.org.

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!