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Bullying and Cyberbullying in Public Schools
Posted Sep 05 2021 5:20AM
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SB 2050 - Relating to Bullying and Cyberbullying in Public Schools
The Texas legislature recently passed (June 2021) a law requiring schools to "prevent and mediate" bullying between students. 
        AND PROCEDURES amended excerpt: 
(c) each school district shall adopt a policy, including 
any necessary procedures, concerning bullying that:
     (2) prevents and mediates bullying incidents 
     between students     Read full bill text here 
*ACRH PMT: Bullying mediation should be handled by adult (not peer)... [Read More]
Mediation Offers Potential for a Peaceful Future
Posted Aug 04 2021 1:10PM

Mediation Offers Potential for a Peaceful Future: Reflection of a Dispute Resolution Center Intern

My remote internship at The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. (DRC-MC) began on June 1, 2021, and I have learned so much about conflict and about how it can be managed these last two months. During my internship I have completed numerous tasks, including completing the DRC-MC’s 40-hour General Mediation training; observing mediations and helping out with technology; doing mediations myself as a co-mediator; conducting research on restorative justice; as well as helping to facilitate Peer Mediation Training for high school students. In this article I will provide some background about Community Mediation and then I will discuss what observing and conducting mediations has been like for me as an intern at DRC MC and why I encourage... [Read More]
Conflict Resolution & Peer Mediation Training
Posted Jul 23 2021 7:30AM
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Our ACR Houston Peer Mediation Team offers online conflict resolution and peer mediation training, Our Peacebuilding Community, for elementary, middle and high school students. The interactive programs are presented via the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Do you want to help us create the peacemakers of the future? Your donation will make a difference by supporting our mission to foster the practice and understanding of peaceful conflict resolution at all ages. Donations in any amount are appreciated.

Click Here to Donate

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Join an ACR Houston Committee
Posted Apr 14 2021 5:00PM
ACR Houston Members w Guest Committee recruit.png ACR Houston is seeking members who would like to serve on one of our 6 committees, listed below. Email us at, and let us know which committee you plan to join.

ACR Houston Committees and Chairpersons:
  • Program & Events – Diana Pino
  • Membership – Jim Hughes
  • Website & Social Media – Darcy Thompson
  • Peer Mediation Team – Darcy Thompson
  • Diversity & Equity – Sheryl Jackson-Matthews and Marilyn Myers
  • Scholarship – Patricia Bastine
This is a great opportunity to become more engaged with the organization. In addition, this is a fantastic way to show the value and commitment you bring to the organization and to stand out as a possible future candidate for the board of directors. It is important to... [Read More]
Join or Renew ACR Houston Membership
Posted Jan 17 2021 5:53PM


Annual Rate: $45

1. Click on NEW MEMBER - JOIN.
2. Complete the Membership form and follow the directions to submit payment.

Annual Rate: $45

1. ACCOUNT ACCESS - Go to to login and access your ACR Houston account.
2. Go to Membership button on the purple menu bar.
4. Complete the Membership form and follow the directions to submit payment.

For assistance open the MEMBERSHIP HELP document or send an e-mail to: Read More]

Festivus 2020 Memorial Donation
Posted Dec 23 2020 3:36PM

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The ACR Houston joins the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM) in honoring the memories of Joe Bontke and Judge Frank Evans.  In lieu of our traditional Festivus for the Rest of Us celebration, we encourage our members to help feed the hungry through the Loaves and Fishes or the Houston Food Bank. ACR Houston will match your dollar for dollar, up to $1,000 in total, when you submit your donation on this website. Donations will be collected until January 15, 2021.

Donate Now

Posted Apr 29 2020 10:40AM

Happy Ramadan

May you find peace on this Ramadan despite the COVID-19 challenges.

Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, May 23, 2020
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Posted Apr 15 2020 10:43PM


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Phishing Email ALERT
Posted Mar 17 2020 3:48PM

*Warning *

BEWARE! There are phishing emails being sent that appear to be from a) Diana Pino, ACR Houston President, seeking money or gift cards; b) from our webmaster’s personal email at Thompson Mediations or c) someone else you may know with an unusual request.  Before you open any links, please check the full email “Reply To” address.  If the “Reply To” address is different than the “From” email address, please be suspicious.  Do not click on or open any links in a phishing email.  It may infect your device with a virus... [Read More]

Happy President's Day
Posted Feb 17 2020 10:47AM
Superhero for Peace 2nd Place Winner
Posted Jan 17 2020 9:04AM

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Superhero for Peace 3rd Place Winner
Posted Jan 17 2020 9:00AM
Inferno the Firedog - Third Place ($25)        

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Thank you to all the students who created a Superhero for Peace.   

The Peer Mediation Group
The Association for Conflict Resolution Houston
Happy Holidays
Posted Dec 24 2019 5:44PM

The Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter
wishes you a festive holiday season and a peaceful new year!

Texas Match the Promise Foundation
Posted Dec 24 2019 2:59PM



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Apply for a Matching Scholarship, And Give the Gift of Education

Fifth through ninth graders who are enrolled in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® and whose families have an annual income of $100,000 or less may apply now through Dec. 31, 2019, for Match the Promise scholarships.*

The Texas Match the Promise Foundation? encourages families to save for college by supplementing their contributions to the Texas Tuition Promise Fund — the state's prepaid college tuition plan. Families who do not currently have a Promise Fund account can find information about establishing one at our website.

Approved recipients can receive matching scholarships of tuition units worth up to $1,000 at today's prices,... [Read More]

Local Mediator receives National Outstanding Volunteer Award
Posted Dec 20 2019 8:29AM
Press Release for Conroe, TX (December 17, 2019) – Charlsie Moore, volunteer mediator with The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. (DRC-MC) has been mediating cases since 2000, generally 1-3 cases weekly. Last week she received national recognition from the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) from Lori Diekman, Strategic Partnership & Resource Coordinator for NAFCM via ZOOM video conferencing in an event at the DRC-MC office in Conroe. NAFCM recognized Charlsie with the Outstanding Volunteer Award for the last quarter of 2019. She is the only recipient of the award from NAFCM.  Read the full Press Release. 
Mediators Needed
Posted Nov 25 2019 2:30PM
ACR Houston current members should have received an email this morning with details.  Members may also login the website and check out the information on the Member Blog page.
Superhero for Peace
Posted Nov 20 2019 2:12PM
The Peer Mediation Group Celebrates Anti-Bullying

Be a “Superhero for Peace!”

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Thank you to all the students who created a Superhero for Peace.  The judges are reviewing your entries and the winners will be announced soon.  Stay tuned to see who wins a brand, new tablet!  The top 3 Superhero for Peace entries will be posted online.

The Peer Mediation Group
The Association for Conflict Resolution Houston
The Honorable Frank G. Evans
Posted Nov 11 2019 3:14PM

Judge Frank Evans
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It is with great sorrow that we share that Judge Frank Evans, commonly recognized as the “Father of ADR,” passed away on November 9, 2019.  The Honorable Frank G. Evans was honored with a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association Outstanding Credentialed Mediator for 2016, and Texas Association of Mediators Susanne C. Adams Award in 2008.

The obituary in The Austin American Statesmen and Houston Chronicle shares:

"FRANK GARRETTSON EVANS, III, retired Chief Justice of the Texas First Court of (Civil) Appeals passed away peacefully at his home in Bastrop, Texas, on November 9, 2019 at 91 years of age. A man who never met a stranger he didn’t want to get to know better, he always introduced himself simply as “Frank,” before starting an... [Read More]

Mother's Day
Posted May 12 2019 11:19AM

Wishing you peace and a wonderful Mother's Day!
Happy Holidays
Posted Apr 19 2019 7:48AM
Happy New Year
Posted Jan 01 2019 12:55PM
Best wishes for a new year filled with peace and happiness!
Join/Renew Membership
Posted Jan 01 2019 12:30PM


Standard Rate: $45

Standard Rate: $45

If you are having difficulty with joining or renewing your membership, please follow the steps below:

2.Member Renewals - Please login* (New members, skip to Step 3)
3.Complete the Membership form
4.Enter your credit card payment information.  See Join/Renew Help Page, if necessary. Exp Date must be entered with mm/yyyy You must use a / (slash) between the month and year because the system will not accept a - (dash) instead of a / between the mm(month) and yyyy (year). For example 03/2019 (not 03-2019)
5.Click Submit

* If you are unable to login, please scroll down to Click here to create or change your password. The link to change your password will be sent to your email address.  Follow the instructions to... [Read More]

New Membership Year
Posted Oct 28 2018 2:59PM


November 1 - December 31, 2018

Special Rate:  $40 from November 1st to December 31st
This includes a membership bonus for up to two months in addition to the following calendar year!
Standard Rate: $45 from January 1st to October 31st

Special Rate:  $40 if you register before your current membership expires.
Standard Rate: $45 if you register after your membership has expired or after December 31, 2018

Join/Renew Help Page

Houston Business Journal Recognizes Dr. Manousso
Posted Sep 14 2018 2:25PM

ACR Houston Leader Recognized  September 2018

Dr. Barbara Manousso

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso who has been selected as an honoree for Houston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award.

In addition, Dr. Manousso's research will be published in the Maynooth University Journal of Conflict Resolution, in Dublin, Ireland, in September 2018, a peer journeyed publication. SOS Semantics of Self in Conflict: A Dance in Long-term Care Facilities.

Restricted Access
Posted Sep 01 2018 2:59PM


Login for Members Only Access to Job Postings in Blog Section

DRC Manager Vacancy
Posted Aug 04 2018 8:51AM

DRC Manager Position Open

Members login and go to the Blog for information regarding this vacancy.

Creighton University Seeking Applicants
Posted Jul 31 2018 2:49PM

ACR Houston Members
Please login and go to the Member's Blog for details.

Happy Fourth of July!
Posted Jul 04 2018 6:49AM
Lifetime Achievement Honorees
Posted Apr 30 2018 4:24PM
Happy New Year
Posted Jan 01 2018 5:18AM
Happy New Year
Posted Jan 01 2018 5:15AM

The Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter wishes you a peaceful new year!

HPJC Alternatives to Violence Project
Posted Dec 29 2017 4:54PM

AVP is a transformative approach to creative conflict resolution.
January 12 – 14, 2018

Workshop Schedule
Friday,     January 12   7 PM – 10 PM
Saturday, January 13   9 AM –  6 PM
Sunday,   January 14  10 AM –  4 PM 

Happy Holidays
Posted Dec 20 2017 12:20PM
The Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter
wishes you a festive holiday season and a very happy new year!

Happy Thanksgiving
Posted Nov 22 2017 1:25AM
November 5 – Fall Back 1 Hour
Posted Nov 05 2017 12:25AM

November 5, 2017 – 2 am

Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour
Posted Oct 25 2017 2:51PM
Social Media Contest ends soon!
The DRC-MC invites all to see the flyer explaining all of the rules then download and sign the pledge.  Post the picture on your a Facebook (tag @MontgomeryCountyDRC) or Twitter (tag @drcmci) account with #ITookThePledge. The winner will be announced at close of business on October 19th.  The winner will get a $50.00 gift card.   If you have questions, please send them to or call 936-760-6914.
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Conflict Resolution Day
Posted Oct 04 2017 10:20AM
ACR Conflict Resolution Day
October 19, 2017
FEMA ADR Support Needed
Posted Oct 01 2017 9:49AM
FEMA is looking for applicants from Texas, especially Austin and Houston, to fill anticipated openings as Reservist ADR Advisors who are on call to deploy as needed to disaster operations.  
Click here for detailed information which is also available by sending a request to Applications may be sent to
ACRH Honors Judge Josefina Rendon
Posted Sep 29 2017 9:00AM

Join us and congratulate Judge Rendon and all of
The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Honorees

Laury Adams
Beverly Denver
Hon. Judge Frank Evans, J.D.
Clara Gomez, J.D.
Thomas Newhouse, J.D.
Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso
Mohammad A. Ramji, J.D.
Hon. Judge Josefina Rendon, J.D.
Norma Levine Trusch, J.D.
Hon. Judge Alvin L. Zimmerman, J.D.

Issues in LGBTQ Aging
Posted Sep 21 2017 10:45AM


Speaker: Vivienne Armstrong, MSN, RN
Topic:  Issues in LGBTQ Aging
Date:  October 25th, 2017
Location:  Village of the Heights, 1407 Studewood, Houston, TX  77008

Go to the HGS Website and reserve your seat(s) for the evening.

Peer Mediation
Posted Sep 18 2017 10:00AM
Peer Mediation


Manousso Scholarship Winner
Posted Jul 09 2017 4:04PM

Voice of Asia News Group spotlights 2017 Manousso Mediation and Arbitration Scholarship Award recipient.

"Bowen Mei, a new (alternative) dispute resolution (ADR) professional, is a rising senior at Stephen F. Austin HS in Fort Bend ISD."

Member Blog Sneak Peek
Posted Jul 09 2017 12:19PM

How To Give A Good Apology
Kim Boivin, Contributor
Psychotherapist at Positive Change Counselling
Huffington Post 07/02/2016 | Updated Aug 11, 2016

Join ACR Houston now and gain access to the Members Only Blog to read and share conflict resolution news.

HP&JC Houston Music, Peace, and Justice Festival 2017
Posted Mar 23 2017 8:09PM
Houston Music, Peace, and Justice Festival 2017

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Fellowship of Houston, 1504 Wirt Road, Houston, TX
Music! Food! Information Tables! Networking! Fun!

Houston Peace & Justice Center Peace Camp Fundraiser
Posted Mar 23 2017 7:11PM
Concert & Potluck- Fundraiser for Peace Camp Houston
Roy Zimmerman Concert
Tickets available online
Bering Memorial Methodist Church
1440 Harold St., Houston, TX 77006
April 1 6:30p - 9:30p
System Update
Posted Mar 10 2017 9:55PM


The Find a Mediator directory will only display those members whose dues are current for 2017.  The online payment system is under revision.  Therefore, until further notice, if you need to join or renew your membership, please forward your check payment in the amount of $45.00 to:

ACR Houston
21 Briar Hollow Ln.,
Houston, Texas 77027
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