Resolution Washington is the member association for Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs) in Washington State. We’re dedicated to bringing conflict resolution services and promoting dialogue in communities across the state by:
Sharing ideas for improving management and services at our local DRCs
Establishing statewide policies, standards and best practices
Supporting and advocating for mediation in Washington
Communities thrive by transforming conflict into opportunity.
Build and maintain statewide relationships;
Provide mutual support and assistance;
Optimize use of resources to provide support and promote community mediation; and
Advocate for the welfare of community mediation.
We support and promote the values of:
Collaborative and effective processes for conflict resolution;
Education and training for conflict resolution;
Community services and volunteerism;
Empowering parties to reach their own resolution;
Inclusiveness of the diversity in the community;
High standards of practice;
Use of consensus and collaboration for problem-solving; and
Affordable, accessible services.
What is a DRC?
For over 30 years, Resolution Washington DRCs have provided low-cost and effective conflict resolution services including mediation, facilitation, consultation, workplace conflict resolution and training to individuals and organizations.
Established under the Washington State Court Improvement Act of 1984 (RCW 7.75), there are currently 21 DRCs and together they serve the entire state.
Resolution Washington DRCs:
Promote mediation as an alternative to the court system
Resolve disputes in their local communities
Encourage community participation and volunteerism in local programs
Educate individuals and organizations about how to prevent conflict and resolve disputes peacefully
Develop, communicate and teach mediation best practices
Each DRC offers programs tailored to meet their community’s specific needs. All local DRCs provide a wide range of services for individuals and organizations. A DRC can help you with:
Small claims court
Check your local DRC’s website to see what specific services are offered for your community.
DRC training opportunities
DRCs train and certify volunteers who serve as community mediators. The vast majority of DRC-based mediation services is provided by our talented and dedicated volunteers.
Local DRCs offer customized training and consultation for individuals or businesses and organizations on effective communication, facilitation, conflict resolution and conflict management.
Creating change in our community
Advances in schools
Resolution Washington successfully advocated for an amendment to RCW 28A.300.280, so that certified mediators are now permitted to teach mediation in our schools.
We’re currently exploring initiatives promoting peaceful conflict resolution and productive dialogue in schools. Our goal is to establish statewide models and standards around conflict resolution and restorative practices that can be used by school districts or individual schools. All DRCs are trained in the restorative practices framework developed by the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Eight DRCs currently offer restorative practices in their communities through partnerships with local juvenile justice systems and schools.
We’re also exploring how mediation might be used to address student loan repayment issues.
We’ve worked closely with the Department of Commerce, lender and borrower representatives and mediators to develop consistent practices and statewide standards for foreclosure mediations. In 2015, we collaborated with the Department of Commerce to retrain over 100 Foreclosure Fairness Act mediators.
DRCs facilitate more than 50 percent of the Foreclosure Fairness Act mediations in Washington every year—that’s over 3,672 mediations, to date.
Support for state agencies
Resolution Washington delivers workplace mediation and facilitation and is available to work with agencies around meeting public facilitation, dispute resolution system design and conflict resolution needs.
Resolution Washington DRC Executive Directors
Front row, left to right: Moonwater, Marci McReynolds, Racie McKee, Colleen Regalbuto, Donnell Austin, Jody Suhrbier, Leslie Ann Grove, Jennifer Talbot
Back row, left to right: LaDessa Croucher (ResWA Executive Director), Laura Hight (DRC staff), Megan Johnston (ResWA staff), Dave Martine, Mary Hancock, Danielle Romo, Paul Shelp, Pat Eastwood (DRC mediator), Janice Juntunen, Steven Morrison, Renee Riopelle, Maralise Hood Quan, April Turner
Current Directors not pictured: Gayle Cooper and Carolyn Thurston
Donnell Austin, Volunteers of America Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island & Skagit County
Moonwater, Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
Paul Shelp, Tri-Cities Dispute Resolution Center
Colleen Regalbuto, Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center
April Turner, Columbia Basin Dispute Resolution Center
Gayle Cooper, Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic
Resolution Washington Staff
LaDessa Croucher, Executive Director
Megan Johnston, Association Manager
Maartje Peters, Programs Data Manager