Karen Lawrence

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Online Dispute Resolution Now Available from FairField Center

FairField Center mediation services may be more beneficial now than they have ever been. A lot has changed over the last two months from the Coronavirus, bringing even more uncertainty and stress to families. Even though courts are closed, we want you to know that immediate help with conflict is available. We are still offering …

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Accessing FairField Center Services During Covid-19 State of Emergency

In an effort to encourage social distancing and minimize the potential of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the FairField Center will be closed to the public until April 6, 2020 at 8:30am, unless otherwise noted. FairField Center leadership will continue to monitor the status of this pandemic daily through any and all updates issued by …

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2019 Harrisonburg International Festival Recap

The 2019 Harrisonburg International Festival was another rousing success, thanks to a crew of enthusiastic volunteers and many dedicated vendors and sponsors! The festival featured the introduction of a new mobile app, which received thumbs up from festival goers and City officials. The app not only provided easier navigation of the festival area, but also …

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2019 Year in Review

In addition to organizing their premier Civic Engagement event the Harrisonburg International Festival, the FairField Center provided a full menu of valuable mediation, restorative justice, and training services to individuals, businesses, and local, state, and federal agencies throughout the region this past year. By training mediators, helping resolve conflicts through mediation, conducting restorative community conferencing, …

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Brown Bag Lunch & CME Opportunity

Being More Present: Mindfulness Techniques to Help You and Your Clients When: October 22, 2019 12:00 – 1:30pm Where: FairField Center,111 East Market Street, #B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Cost: $30 REGISTRATION Learn to improve your mediation practice by using mindfulness techniques. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in …

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New Police-Referred Mediation Program Underway in Staunton

Staunton police officers now have another tool for assistancing in civil dispute settlement, thanks to a new grant-funded program developed in partnership between Staunton City Police, Resolution Virginia, Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, and FairField Center. The Staunton Police-Referred Mediaton Program allows law enforcement to refer individuals with non-criminal issues for …

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Local Agencies Team Up for National Issues Forum on Immigration

HFairField Center, NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, and the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will host an active, participant-driven conversation on immigration on Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 9, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 205 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. The …

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FairField Center’s Tim Ruebke Provides FEMA ADR Services in Wake of Hurricane Florence

Deployed Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialists help resolve conflicts in disaster areas.  Tim Ruebke, Executive Director of Harrisonburg’s FairField Center recently returned from a 38-day stint as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Specialist assisting relief efforts in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. ADR Specialists are used to implement …

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Mediation Training Dates Announced

FairField offers the training for individuals and businesses seeking Virginia Supreme Court certification to mediate court cases. All FairField coursework and all trainers are certified by the Virginia Supreme Court. Trainees take short courses (4-20 hours each) and engage in observations and co-mediations in order to qualify for state exams. Trainees must have a bachelor’s …

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