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New Program: Responding-Not REACTING to Conflict

The Dayton Mediation Center in partnership with the Police Department is launching an innovative program designed to build relationships between officers and community members.

The workshop “Responding, Not Reacting to Conflict” will include a small group of citizens and officers who will spend two sessions getting to know each other while learning about conflict resolution. The workshops will take place on two Saturdays, February 11 and February 25, 2017. After the workshop, the citizens will host officers for a visit to their neighborhood. Then the whole group will meet again to report on their experiences, to plan for future connections and to decide how to share their experience with the larger community.

To learn more, please contact Janet Mueller at the Mediation Center at (937) 333-2356 or email:

“Our hope is the relationships formed by these police officers and neighbors as part of this project will help strengthen the Dayton community,” Janet Mueller, Dayton Mediation Center.

This project is funded in part from a grant from the JAMS Foundation and The National Association for Community Mediation. The sessions will not be open to the media, however, someone will be available for discussion after the events.

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Director and Staff Member travels to Bosnia and Poland

MZ and AP in polandFrom mid June through early July, our director, Michelle Zaremba and staff member, Aaron Primm traveled to Bosnia and Poland as part of the City of Dayton delegation celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords. Others in the delegation included our Mayor, Commisioner Matt Joseph and the county treasurer. The purpose of this visit was to share ideas, establish new relationships and continue the tradition of citizen diplomacy. In early May of this year, our center hosted citizens from Bosnia whe were here to attend the ISCT International Conference which brought Transformative Mediators from around the globe to Dayton.



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ISCT International Conference!

This May, the US will finally, once again, welcome mediators and others interested in conflict transformation to an international conference-this one in Dayton, Ohio. In recent years, Brazil, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands have been hosts for these conferences. But the last time the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) put one on in the US was 2008.

While the ISCT has expanded its reach far beyond the US, its roots are right here, and the home office is now in Dayton, OH. Based at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University for many years, ISCT moved its headquarters to Dayton in 2014, where the Dayton Mediation Center provides strategic and administrative support for the Institute and its mission. For the conference, The University of Dayton Research Institute will provide the venue and many luminaries in the field of Transformative conflict intervention will share their insights and conduct workshops. Among those luminaries will be Professors Joseph P. Folger and Robert A. Baruch Bush, authors of The Promise of Mediation (1994 & 2004). The book is credited for launching the Transformative movement.

This conference will gather transformative mediators and practitioners of conflict intervention from 5 continents. The Dayton Mediation Center is one of the sponsors and will be bringing many of their volunteer mediators. We are proud to say several of the Center’s staff members will be presenting workshops as well.

A detailed conference program can be found on the conference website: The general schedule is as follows: The conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 2nd and 3rd and pre-conference trainings will be held on Saturday, April, 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016.  The title of the conference: New Horizons for Transformative Practice: Innovating Beyond Mediation.

For updates about the conference and all the ISCT has to offer,  see their website: or for specific questions, you can email them at


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Center’s New Program Featured on Fox 45

A new program by the Dayton Mediation Center and the City of Dayton Police Department was recently featured on Fox 45. The Citizen Police Conversation program offers citizens an opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with police when a complaint involving rudeness or discourtesy has been filed. Janet Mueller, a mediation specialist at the Dayton Mediation Center explains the value of the program in this way: “[The] citizen can see the officer as the human being he or she is and same with the officer to the citizen and I think it’s really valuable in changing the dynamic of the relationship.” The program began this past spring with the East Patrol Operations Division and will be implemented throughout the entire department by the fall.

For more information about the program, contact the Dayton Mediation Center at (937)333-2345 or use the Contact Us form.


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The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation Moves to Dayton

The Dayton Mediation Center (Center) is pleased to announce that The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) has moved its administrative offices here at the Center in Dayton, Ohio.

As part of ISCT’s long-range planning, the management of the day-to-day operations will be provided by staff at the Center. The ISCT and the Center are a good fit.  Since 2000, when the Center made a conscious choice to transition from the mainstream approach to mediation to the Transformative Approach, the Center has distinguished itself over the years as one of the leading community mediation centers practicing and training volunteers exclusively from the Transformative Approach to Mediation.

The Institute is a not-for-profit corporation that works to produce educational resources, materials, and services for the conflict resolution field and the public generally. It seeks to influence collective responses to diversity and differences in a way that can transform conflict from a negative, destructive, and sometimes violent event to a positive and constructive experience. Since founding the Institute in 1999, leaders in the field have worked to study and promote the understanding of conflict processes and intervention from the transformative framework. Through various projects and initiatives, the Institute has become the nation’s premier center of expertise on the transformative framework. Its work provides critically needed research, educational resources and training based on relational premises. The ISCT and the Center have a history of collaboration and an ongoing consultative relationship in the development of transformative mediation curriculum for adults and youth, transformative team building services to organizations, and transformative self-managed conflict training. With the move to Dayton, Ohio, both the ISCT and the Center expect that the closer relationship will enhance the work of both organizations.

For more information about the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, please visit their website at

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