Dispute Resolution in Mental Health Initiative


The Dispute Resolution in Mental Health (DRMH) Initiative

The DRMH Initiative is a collaboration between the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center and MH Mediate, funded by the AAA-ICDR Foundation. 


The DRMH Initiative will:

  • Provide a 5-day Basic Mediation Skills Training to NYC-based peer specialists
  • Develop a resource introducing the international mental health peer community to conflict resolution processes
  • Develop a resource sharing our lessons learned with the international conflict resolution community, in the hopes of their developing similar projects.



What is mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential dispute resolution process where an impartial third-party helps two or more people resolve a conflict.  The mediator does not provide any advice or make any decisions.  


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The DRMH 5-Day Training for Peer Specialists

The 5-Day Basic Mediation Skills training includes lecture, discussion, and role play exercises that helped participants learn conflict resolution skills.  The program includes discussion of different alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, the nature of conflict, the values of mediation, the mediation process, mediation skills, the role of the mediator and other parties, the identification and management of power imbalances, the identification and management of diverse perspectives and possible bias, and ethical issues.  This training also covers specific case examples relevant to the peer specialist community.  


The training was held at John Jay College (59th St and 10th Ave) in August 2017.



Online Conflict Resolution Resources for Peers

The DRMH Initiative is also producing a reference guide and webinar summarizing conflict resolution resources for the peer community.  

These online resources will be available publicly to anyone who submits the form at the bottom of this page.  We are also happy to partner with organizations so they may share these conflict resolution resources with their constituents.

Please use the form below to sign up for these resources: