Welcome to Community Solutions of Central Oregon, where our focus is helping people have difficult conversations.

The business of dispute resolution has never been busier in Central Oregon. With ever increasing growth across the tri-county region, a wide range of community, business, and family conflicts continued during 2018.

Community Solutions - formerly Central Oregon Mediation - serves the communities of Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties in Central Oregon. We help people have difficult conversations by providing a variety of comprehensive mediation, facilitation, and education programs focused on improving communications needed during life's more difficult moments. As a long-standing community dispute resolution center (CDRC), our staff and more than 35 volunteer mediators are highly qualified and capable people who continue to offer standard-setting programs and customer service.

Our organization has evolved during its first 21 years as a CDRC. We continue to expand our facilitation and education services through a combination of new and improved programs designed to reach a broad range of people, while addressing an ever growing number of issues and circumstances. During 2018, as in years past, three statistics serve to highlight the impact of our work. Our pre-trial mediation program in support of Deschutes County Justice Court achieved a 68% success rate. That means that more than 140 people resolved their disputes out of court with the help of our neutral, third party mediators. Also, our home foreclosure avoidance program - in partnership with local at-risk homeowners and a Nationwide network of mortgage lenders - produced 25 agreements. That means that several families remained in their homes and that approximately $8,500,000 in home values were saved as a result of our trained facilitators' efforts. And let's not forget the many families in need of divorce or separation assistance, especially when children are involved. Our co-mediators (one man, one woman working together as a team) once again have attained a 85% agreement success rate last year. That means that most family disputes, once filed in Circuit Court, were done jointly and non-contested. Together, our work during 2018 sets a high standard for this and subsequent years. As life always involves some form of conflict, we're sure to remain as busy as ever. 

Stay tuned to our news announcements and upcoming events via the website. Combined with revolutionary ways of thinking through and resolving conflict, it is our hope that you will not only tune in but join an ever growing number of volunteers, Board members, and community advocates that make Community Solutions the premier dispute resolution resource in Central Oregon.

Helping people have difficult conversations, 

Gary Winterstein
Executive Director

Basic Mediation Training (BMT) Course 2020

Our Basic Mediation Training (BMT) course dates and details for 2020 are set!  This course is structured in two parts. Part 1 is web-based with course content provided via our website 'Trainee Portal' - developed for online self-study. Part 2 is a practicum with course content provided via classroom instruction at the Bend campus of Central Oregon Community College (COCC). This part has been developed to included classroom lectures, group discussions, and role play scenarios. For more on the Bend Campus of COCC, click here.

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