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Dispute Resolution Services

Mediation --- a peaceful way to resolve conflict

Mediation is a way for people to solve their problems with the help of an impartial third person, the mediator. The mediator assists everyone involved to talk about the problem in a safe and confidential setting. When everyone agrees on how to solve the problem, the mediator puts the agreement into writing. Courts generally honor these agreements as binding contracts. Mediation may be requested before or after a case is filed in court. Mediation takes less time and money than going to court and is private. Statistics have shown that at least 80% of the disputes that go to mediation are resolved. Mediation works because the people with the problem participate of their own free will and have a say in the outcome.

Types of Disputes That Can Be Resolved through Mediation:

Other Services:

  • Restorative Justice: DRS provides opportunities for victims of juvenile and adult crimes to meet with offenders, talk about what happened, and have input regarding consequences.
  • Schools: Conflict resolution options are available for schools to use in helping students, staff, and parents develop safer schools. Services for Special Education disputes are also available.
  • Training: Workshops and seminars on conflict resolution skill building are available to businesses, labor organizations, government agencies, and non-profits.

Become a Mediator:
Mediator training is open to those interested in volunteering or adding this important skill to their lives. Click here for a list of SCAO approved mediation training programs. Select here for Court Roster FAQs and Roster Qualification Documents.

Dowload the DRS volunteer application

Download the Central Registry Clearance Form

Fees/Contact Info:
Mediation involves a fee for service. A sliding fee scale is used for those unable to pay the regular fees. For more information, call (269) 552-3434 or 1-800 873-7658.


Additional Resources:

School Programs Annual Report - 21012-13 - Click to see the annual report for the school program.


School Programs Summary - Click link to see a brief description of the conflict resolution models we use and how they fit with the Kalamazoo Public Schools Code of Student Conduct.


Michigan Legal Help - Click link for a new self-help legal resource.


Video of Peer Mediation

Dispute Resolution Services of Gryphon Place is one of Michigan’s Community Dispute Resolution Programs and serves Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Barry Counties.


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2-1-1/HELP Line
Suicide Prevention Services
Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Mediation Services
Critical Incident Stress Management
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Donate to Gryphon Place
2-1-1 Volunteer Application
2-1-1 Training Calendar

Kalamazoo Suicide Prevention Plan
Emergency Services Guide
Youth Out-of-School Time Guide
Youth Mentoring Guide

Navigating Health Care Brochure

Navigating Health Care Guide

Mental Health Provider Directory