Providing training and consultation. Building skills and capacity. Facilitating honest dialogue.
Are you looking to manage conflict in an equitable way?
Do you want to explore institutional biases and disproportionate impacts?
Give our workshops a try, utilizing our PAYA feature, to refine your own skills and cultivate and environment of knowledge, understanding, and connection within your organization or community.
OUR MEDIATION SERVICES
*All mediations are voluntary and confidential unless your consent is given.
People have the ability to manage their own conflicts; however, at times, they can get entrenched in their positions and have difficulty hearing each other clearly.
We provide a structured process to facilitate progress towards each person’s goals, while addressing equity issues impacting the situation. Although we guide the process, the parties try to understand each other and negotiate a fair and sustainable outcome.
Empowering The Community
With the sociopolitical movements of the 1960s, community mediation became an effective way for people to resolve disputes over the slow, expensive, and inequitable court system.
In our approach to explore conflict, we aim to help communities preserve and restore relationships through building the experience needed to manage future conflicts on their own.
Find a list of our types of current programs below!
Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program
Looking to manage conflict beyond past-due rent, we focus on issues of inarticulate
communication, grievance claims, and rooted issues of equity while building healthier bonds.
A compassionate and structured process to explore community, family or
organizational conflicts, mediators apply an equity framework to offer support to all parties.
Because conflict is part of larger social and institutional influences,
we approach it ready to engage in discussions of race and social justice.
Mediator Training Program
A comprehensive training for volunteers looking to support our staff in facilitating community mediations.
Professional development, coaching and consultation in schools, criminal justice system, and other sectors; safe and supportive dialogue services to repair harm and make things right.
OUR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PHILOSOPHY
Restorative Justice is about changing systems to address harm more meaningfully and undo systematic patterns of institutional racism and oppression. Restorative Practices are the ways in which individuals and communities can more meaningfully build relationships, address harm when it happens, and work towards restorative justice.
Restorative Justice is about building, maintaining, and repairing relationships to form healthy, supportive & inclusive communities. When we do things that impact others and create harm in the community, it is our individual and collective responsibility to make things right. Restorative practices help create spaces that hold us accountable in supportive and inclusive ways.
IN ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITIES, & SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Resolutions Northwest is committed to teach and implement restorative justice practices in the public school setting. In a school setting, the restorative justice philosophy seeks to reduce high suspension and expulsion rates that disproportionately affect students of color, and to improve, school climate. This is achieved by creating time and space to build community, teaching students and staff the importance of accountability, and empowering students and staff to repair harm when needed. Restorative justice is used to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, which begins when students are suspended and/or expelled, and as a result, fall behind academically. In addition to working in schools, Resolutions Northwest’s restorative justice team partners with the Portland Parent Union, and Dignity in Schools Campaign to further address systemic, and systematic push-out in schools. In a school district context, Restorative Justice is about:
Creating a culture of relationships and building safe school climates
Developing social and emotional skills
Creating time and space for people to building community and make things right
Unpacking our personal backpacks so we can be inclusive teachers and focused learners
Resolutions Northwest extends restorative services to service providers for homeless youth, as well as self-governed villages for formerly houseless people.
Our restorative justice team has provided training and coaching services to the following school districts:
Beaverton School District | Evergreen School District | Hillsboro School District | Parkrose School District
Reynolds School District | Tigard-Tualatin School District | Lincoln County School District | Vancouver School District
Ridgefield Washington School District | Susitna Valley Jr/Sr High School Alaska
The Indian Education Office at the Office on Public Instruction in Montana
Learn more. View or download a brochure in Spanish or English.
Donate to support this work and youth leadership, justice, equity, and community.
ORGANIZATIONAL RACIAL EQUITY
Our consultants work to support formal and informal leaders within your organization in making systemic changes to policies and practices and in developing their personal capacity to lead for racial justice. Time to match your outcomes with your values!
Our Theories of Change
- Keep Race on the Table (discuss anti-Blackness, colonialism, intersectionality).
- Center Those Most Impacted.
- Focus on Outcomes, not Intentions.
- Shift Systems and Behavior (understanding that hearts and minds will follow).
- Your results will depend on your will and your action.
Your organization is most likely to benefit from working with RNW – and even enjoy it – if:
- You’ve begun to take action on advancing racial justice.
- Senior leadership is committed to self-reflection, transparency, and purposeful action.
- You recognize that getting different results will require doing things differently.
- You are ready to “get comfortable with discomfort.”
In discussing your org’s goals, we create a custom package of services, which may include:
- Racial Equity Audit – an assessment and summary of themes and recommended actions
- Executive Coaching – inquiry-based approach for personal/professional development
- Flexible Consultation – for formal and informal leaders
- Supportive Feedback – input to implement changes in policies, job descriptions, etc.
- Employee Engagement – development/facilitation of QTBIPOC affinity groups and white learning spaces
- Project Support – facilitation of dialogues, conflict management, and training
For more information or to schedule an intake conversation, please contact us.
OUR TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
We provide custom workshops on conflict management, leadership, communication, RJ,
mediation, facilitation, and racial and social justice, while utilizing equity tools and analysis.
We support your training goals, whether it’s professional development,
personal growth, or leading to affect institutional and systemic change.
We center the most impacted voices, support healing and resilience, and respond to real-time group dynamics.
Live Virtual Trainings
To increase accessibility of our trainings, we offer PAYA and payment plans!
Visit our events calendar for upcoming workshops and give our sessions a try.
Self-paced Online Modules
For individuals or groups, complete training at your own pace, where you learn best, at a time that’s right for you!
Modules may include videos, readings, worksheets, and reflection questions. For reinforced
understanding, add live coaching for help with questions and applying these frameworks to your case.
Contact us to discuss a tailored online training for your group.
Online Custom Group Training
*We are currently only offering live, remote training via Zoom.
For groups of all sizes, we design custom in-depth workshops tailored to your needs and we conduct a follow-up survey to evaluate participants’ application of materials and determine if additional support is needed.