Dispute Settlement Center, Inc.
September 21, 2010
I am an attorney by training, and I was very interested in the growing field of alternative dispute resolution, especially in the juvenile justice and educational settings. I was thrilled to come across the Dispute Settlement Center, a non-profit mediation agency based in Wilton, Connecticut that serves much of the state. DSC is one of a very small number of mediation agencies in Connecticut with strong community and court mediation programs.
As a former juvenile court mediator and researcher with DSC, I have seen firsthand the empowering, positive impact of mediation on young offenders and on the judicial process. Mediation works -- our participants' reoffense rates are lower and satisfaction rates are higher than their peers who do not have the opportunity to try mediation. DSC has a reputation for working well with the attorneys, judges and probation units in the juvenile and adult courts that they serve. I would strongly recommend this agency to practitioners seeking a place to apply (or acquire) their mediation skills and to members of the judicial branch looking to join the growing alternative dispute resolution movement in Connecticut.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in my work in Connecticut's juvenile court. I was pleased at how we were welcomed by the attorneys and probation officers with whom we worked and by the youth and families whom we served.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former staff & I was a victim-offender mediator in juvenile court, helping victims, defendants (or co-defendants), and their families talk through their conflict and create their own resolutions.