Senior Health Fair

Rice County Dispute Resolution Program will have a table at the Senior Health Fair on April 16th at the Northfield Senior Center between 1 – 4 p.m.

Come and learn how mediation/facilitation can help families talk about the family issues that are the hardest to address.

If unable to make the Health Fair, contact Debra Petersen, RCDRP Director at 507.664.3522 or send an email to for a FREE consultation.


Last years sale was so successful, I am doing it again this year.

Mark your calendars:  April 24 -26, Bethel Ridge Church, 1401 Bethel Court, Faribault.

Thursday 2 - 6 p.m.

Friday  9 – 6 p.m.

Saturday 8 – 2

Bring your family friends and PLEASE  Tweet, Facebook, call and email this to everyone you know.

Questions:  Please call Debra Petersen, RCCRP Director at 507.664.3522.

Dispute Options – Conflict Resolution

FREE Informational Talk

Buckham Public Library – Faribault – Great Room

Tuesday, March 18th, at 6:30.

This 45 minute informational talk will provide you with valuable information when your find yourself, family or friends in a dispute.

Come, bring your family and friends to this FREE event.

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.


If you have fabric that you wish to donate to the next Fabric Sale, contact Debra Petersen at 507.664.3522 or 507.332.0294 or email

If you don’t have any, but know of someone that does, please provide the above aforementioned contact information to them.

FUNDRAISING DATES:  April 24 – 26  Bethel Ridge Church, 1401 Bethel Court Faribault

Proceeds to help the non-profit community mediation program and Bethel Ridge Church Youth Group.



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.

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!