A professional organization dedicated to the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.
The Association for Conflict Resolution - Houston (ACR Houston) is a 501.c.3 organization dedicated to promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and conflict management, supporting and developing ADR professionals, and educating our community about the many uses and benefits of ADR.
Watch the 2020 highlights of our chapter events and activities in the recap video below.
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.
ACR Houston is seeking members who would like to serve on one of our 6 committees, listed below. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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]
Elaine Roberts, Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, is named Justice Frank Evans Award Winner.
The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County Inc. (DRC-MC) is pleased to announce that the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the State Bar of Texas, recently named Elaine B. Roberts, winner of the 2020 Justice Frank Evans Award. The award, which honors Justice Evans, the founder of the Texas ADR movement, is the highest award given by the State Bar ADR section. The Evans Award recognizes persons who have performed exceptional and outstanding efforts in promoting or furthering the use … of alternative dispute resolution methods in Texas.” Read more . . .
Local Mediator receives TAM’s 2021 Volunteer Mediator of the Year Award
The Texas Association of Mediators (TAM) recently named Conroe resident, Charlsie Moore, winner of the first annual TAM Volunteer Mediator of the Year. The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. (DRC-MC) nominated Ms. Moore for this award due to her many years of service and dedication to providing and promoting alternative dispute resolution in Montgomery County. TAM established the Volunteer Mediator of the Year award to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteer mediators and the critical role they play in the Texas mediation community. The award honors a volunteer mediator who has contributed significant volunteer time and effort to a Dispute Resolution Center or similar alternative dispute resolution organization in Texas. TAM is a multidisciplinary organization established to provide... [Read More]
1. Click on NEW MEMBER - JOIN. 2. Complete the Membership form and follow the directions to submit payment.
MEMBER RENEWAL AnnualRate: $45
1. ACCOUNT ACCESS - Go to www.acrhouston.org to login and access your ACR Houston account. 2. Go to Membership button on the purple menu bar. 3. Click on MEMBER RENEWAL. 4. Complete the Membership form and follow the directions to submit payment.
There are phishing emails being sent that appear to be from a) Marilyn Myers, ACR Houston President, seeking money; 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 or other malicious... [Read More]
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June 15, 2021 - Tuesday Greater Houston LERA Presents - June 2021
We are excited to announce that the presenter for the second quarter 2021 Greater Houston LERA program will be
Barbara Sunderland Manousso, Ph.D., MPH who has been an Arbitrator for over 25 years with an impressive background in arbitrations and featured speaker engagements. Dr. Manousso will be speaking on the very exciting and currently applicable topic of Baseball Arbitration as used in surprise medical billing arbitrations. Dr. Manousso has indicated there are thousands of these cases currently across the U.S., and she has personally arbitrated over 150 of these cases in 2021.
This program will be presented virtually using Zoom, THERE IS NO COST, and this is one you won’t want to miss!
You may sign up by logging into your account Houston LERA website:
This FREE 1.5-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect — from microaggressions to violence — that people with marginalized identities face and the history of identity-based violence. You’ll also learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see identity-based harassment online or in person.
Thanks to a Four Freedoms Fund grant, Houston Coalition Against Hate, OCA-Greater Houston, and Hollaback! will present this training seven times to the public, starting in March 2021 and continuing monthly through the summer.
June 25, 2021 - Friday Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable: TMTR
This workshop will present information, activities, and examples from several interconnected areas that should be useful to mediation trainers and practitioners.
The workshop will also focus on understanding and correcting workplace incivility, including bullying, harassment, and other negative behaviors.
The techniques include identifying and correcting bullying and other negative behaviors, preventing burnout in natural trust leaders, behavioral transition techniques for positive growth, and restorative practices in alternative dispute resolution. The workshop begins with the recognition that parties involved in conflict are in distress due to the fact that “we are all recovering from something.”