Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Resources

Searching for more information about mediation or alternative dispute resolution? The links and resources below may help. You will find general information and information on specific types of alternative dispute resolution.

Online Resources

ABA Dispute Resolution Section - The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution provides its members and the public with creative leadership in the dispute resolution field by fostering diversity, developing and offering educational programs, providing technical assistance, and producing publications that promote problem-solving and excellence in the provision of dispute resolution services.

ADR Resources – This website, created by Stephen Marsh, links to a variety of articles and essays related to a number of conflict resolution topics.

American Arbitration Association – This website and membership organization provide information, services, and resources related to both arbitration and mediation.

American College of Civil Trial Mediators - The American College of Civil Trial Mediators is a non-profit organization of professionals distinguished by their experience, skill, ethical standards, and professional commitment to mediation, conflict management, and alternative dispute resolution.

Association of Attorney Mediators - The Association of Attorney-Mediators (AAM) is a nonprofit trade association. Its members are qualified, independent attorney-mediators offering mediation services. They are united by a common commitment: ". . . To achieve the prompt, fair and cost effective resolution of disputes through voluntary and court-annexed mediation."

Association for Conflict Resolution - The Association for Conflict Resolution is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.

Association of Missouri Mediators- The mission of the Association of Missouri Mediators is to enhance the quality and professionalism of mediation in the state of Missouri. 

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - AFCC is the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.

Beyond Intractability – This website, based out of the University of Colorado at Boulder, describes itself as a knowledge base on more constructive approaches to conflict. It offers a searchable database of articles related to peace and the peaceful resolution of conflict, as well as many other resources.

Campus ADR – The primary objective of the Campus Conflict Resolution Resources project (Campus-adr.org) is to significantly increase administrator, faculty, staff and student awareness of, access to, and use of conflict resolution information specifically tailored to the higher education context.

Center for Non-Violent Communication - A global organization helping people connect compassionately with themselves and one another through Nonviolent Communication language, created by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. Their website includes inventories of feelings and needs, among other content.

CR Info – A conflict resolution information source that includes a database of thousands of articles, websites, and book listings grouped by more than 600 topics, as well as many other invaluable resources.

Harvard Law School – Program on Negotiation – The Program on Negotiation (PON) is a university consortium dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution. Their website is a resource center for people interested in learning and teaching about negotiation and alternative dispute resolution and includes resources, research, and useful links, including access to information on the Harvard Negotiation Project.

International Chamber of Commerce - ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) is the voice of world business championing the global economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity. Their website includes information on resolving disputes worldwide.

International Academy of Mediators - The mission of the International Academy of Mediators is to define standards and qualifications for the professional mediator of commercial disputes and to promote the mediation process as the preferred means of resolving disputes.

JAMS: The Resolution Experts - JAMS mediators and arbitrators are Resolution Experts who resolve some of the nation's largest, most complex and contentious disputes. JAMS neutrals are skilled in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes including discovery referee, private judging, in addition to arbitration and mediation.

MARCH Mediation - M.A.R.C.H. is a non-profit organization that  provides mediation services to better serve the needs of the children of parents who are divorced, separated or never married. 

Mediate.com – This website offers a variety of resources related to ADR, including articles, blogs, listings of mediators, and much more. Much of what the website offers is free (including a free basic website listing for mediators), and fee-based premium memberships offer advanced promotion opportunities and other benefits.

Missouri Bar Association - The Missouri Bar was created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri. Its mission is to improve the legal profession, the administration of justice, and law. Through educational programs, publications, and more, The Missouri Bar serves as a valuable resource for members—and for the citizens of Missouri.

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is the membership coalition of those working in the Missouri movement to end violence against women.

National Arbitration Forum - In 1986, a small group of visionary legal experts—litigators, mediators, and former judges—came together to create the FORUM. They leveraged their knowledge of court processes, information technology and the law to create a broad array of ADR programs that offer the integrity of the court system with more choices and control.

National Association for Community Mediation - NAFCM'S MISSION is to support the maintenance and growth of community-based mediation programs and processes, to present a compelling voice in appropriate policy-making, legislative, professional, and other arenas, and to encourage the development and sharing of resources for these efforts.               

Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution – Pepperdine University School of Law - The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law is one of the world's leading educational programs in the field of dispute resolution. Straus offers two tracks of training; professional training programs and academic programs in dispute resolution including the Certificate, Master's (M.D.R.) and LL.M. in Dispute Resolution. Their website in an excellent source on information on advanced training and conferences.               

Mediation Associations and Other Relevant Associations

Academy of Management – Conflict Management Division - The Conflict Management Division supports research, teaching and practice in the areas of conflict, power, and negotiation. The Academy of Management is the leading professional association for management research and education in the United States with almost 17,000 members worldwide from universities and businesses.           

American Arbitration Association - The American Arbitration Association ® (AAA), with its long history and experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution, provides services to individuals and organizations who wish to resolve conflicts out of court.              

American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM) - The American College of Civil Trial Mediators is a non-profit organization of professionals distinguished by their experience, skill, ethical standards, and professional commitment to mediation, conflict management, and alternative dispute resolution.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) - The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. We represent the professional interests of more than 24,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.              

American Communication Association (ACA) - The American Communication Association (ACA) was founded and incorporated in 1993 on the notion that information about the discipline should be free. It stands to reason that our new communication technologies have ushered in a new era of information exchange and sharing, only comparable to the invention of the printing press and movable typeface.    

Association of Attorney Mediators - AAM's role in the mediation process is to help potential users of mediation services find the attorney-mediator best suited to assist the parties in resolving their dispute. At your request, AAM will provide its Mediator/Member Roster or Chapter Directory for the area requested . Each mediator's educational background, mediation training, experience, subject matter expertise and other pertinent information is listed in the Mediator Directory.

Association for Conflict Resolution - The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR represents and serves a diverse national and international audience that includes more than 6,000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making. Anyone interested in the field of conflict resolution is welcome to join.

Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC) -  AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. AFCC promotes a collaborative approach to serving the needs of children among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging education, research and innovation and identifying best practices. Its vision is a justice system in which all professionals work collaboratively through education, support, and access to services to achieve the best possible outcome for children and families. 

Association of Missouri Mediators - The mission of the Association of Missouri Mediators is to enhance the quality and professionalism of mediation in the state of Missouri.  We provide information about resolution of conflict through mediation as a public service to the citizens of Missouri. The Association of Missouri Mediators provides an opportunity for people interested in mediation to network and discuss the one thing in which we all believe: mediation! Our association encourages proficiency in mediation skills and supports education of mediation consumers on the use and benefits of mediation.  We welcome you to become actively involved in this association.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) provides users with the confidence that its members have a globally recognized, assured level of training and experience. Practitioners aspire to achieve the highest attainable CIArb qualifications and users demand that their professional advisors demonstrate a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the field.

Heartland Mediators Association - Heartland Mediators Association (HMA) is a not-for-profit organization that brings together individuals in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and surrounding states who share a common interest in mediation as an alternate form of dispute resolution. The Association advocates for and provides education pertaining to mediation; provides a network for information; skill sharing; and referrals.

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) - IACP is the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.

International Academy of Mediators (IAM) - The mission of the International Academy of Mediators is to define standards and qualifications for the professional mediator of commercial disputes and to promote the mediation process as the preferred means of resolving disputes.

Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB) - Founded in the fall of 2006, MBB is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization that brings together experienced volunteer mediators world-wide to improve conflict resolution capacity and support alternative approaches to expressing, negotiating and resolving interpersonal, political, economic, social, ethnic and religious differences.

Missouri Restorative Justice Coalition - The Missouri Restorative Justice Coalition is a group of stakeholders interested in promoting Restorative Justice in the state of Missouri.

The National Academy of Arbitrators - The National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) is a non-profit professional and honorary organization of arbitrators.

National Association for Community Mediation - It strives to offer constructive processes for resolving differences and conflicts between individuals, groups, and organizations. It is an alternative to avoidance, destructive confrontation, prolonged litigation or violence. It gives people in conflict an opportunity to take responsibility for the resolution of their dispute and control of the outcome. Community mediation is designed to preserve individual interests while strengthening relationships and building connections between people and groups, and to create processes that make communities work for all of us.