Karen Lawrence

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7 Ways to Make Co-Parenting Work

Raising children in two separate households can be difficult. Learning effective communication and dispute resolution skills, however, can help smooth out the process and result in positive outcomes for everyone involved. Here are some best practices for creating good outcomes in common situations that arise when co-parenting.

Benefits of Using Mediation in the Workplace

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that involves an impartial third party, known as a mediator, helping disputing parties to reach a mutually acceptable solution to their conflict. Mediation has become a popular method for resolving disputes in the workplace due to its many benefits. Here are six reasons mediation in the workplace can improve your bottom line.

#GiveSolutions this #GivingTuesday

Better relationships matter. What can improving our collective ability to get along, to work together towards common goals, and solve conflicts constructively do for us and our communities? A lot.    This #GivingTuesday, your support of FairField Center programs helps continue more than 40 years of service dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to live …

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FairField Team Presents at DARS Training

A FairField Center training team made up of Vera Hailey, David McCaskey, and Shannon Sneary Alabanza recently presented at Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services’ 2022 (FY2023) Annual Statewide Training for the Virginia Public Guardian & Conservator Program. The session topic was “Communication and Negotiation Skills for Difficult Conflict Situations” and approximately 60 public …

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Harrisonburg International Festival

Enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes, and sense of community that is the Harrisonburg International Festival! Start at Court Square for a casual community gathering where you can visit international food trucks and artisan booths, catch up with friends and neighbors at the Global Village, then circulate to participating downtown businesses that will be hosting more …

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Restorative Community Conferencing Training

Looking for a meaningful way to serve your community? Consider taking our next Restorative Community Conferencing course to learn to co-facilitate Restorative Justice cases. Not sure what is RJ all about? This alternative approach to wrongdoing focuses on repairing the harm done rather than just punishing the perpetrator. Crime harms people and relationships, RJ seeks …

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Tim Ruebke Honored

Timothy Ruebke, FairField Center’s Executive Director since 2007, was honored at a recent celebration. He stepped down from the organization earlier this year to take another position.

Nancy Munoz – Inspiring Women of Color to Leadership Roles

FairField Center’s Acting Executive Director Nancy Munoz is well-known throughout the Harrisonburg community for her leadership in the Spanish-speaking community as an organizer of the International Women’s Day March and the Harrisonburg International Festival. But recent accomplishments set her apart as an inspiration not only to women of color, but to anyone seeking to truly …

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Ruebke Honored for FEMA Work

FairField Center’s Executive Director Tim Ruebke was recently recognized for his work as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with a Cindy Mazur Lifelong Learner award. ADR Specialists are used to implement mediation and other conflict resolution techniques (e.g., individual and leadership coaching, group facilitation, and communication training) …

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Transforming the Mind for Peace Lab

#DYK that FairField Center staff participates in special programs like Transforming the Mind for Peace Lab, a project of The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University? The Lab takes a multi-faceted approach to building peace. Lab activities contribute to the field by supporting practitioners, policymaking, innovating research, …

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