About MCDR

The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR) is a vibrant not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, certified by the internal Revenue Service as being tax-exempt.  MCDR has been in operation since 1990, achieving the tax-exempt status in 1999.  MCDR is devoted to the personal and professional growth of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioners in the state of Maryland.


                             MCDR Membership Benefits Include:                                   

Networking with other ADR professionals of diverse backgrounds and practice areas.

Education and Sharing through Master classes, on-line discussion, list-serve, and website.  Speakers at our quarterly meetings are expert on a variety of topics including but not limited to: The Power of Apology in Mediation, Narrative Mediation, Ethical Issues for Mediators, Mediation in the Federal Government, and Senior Mediation.

Performance Based Mediator Certification is a  voluntary process for experienced mediators to gain valuable feedback that promotes professional growth and skill building. MCDR certification is your stepping stone to international certification through the IMI.

Advocacy for mediation and mediators through monitoring and participation in changes to court processes and legislation that affect our  profession.

A Comprehensive Slate of Benefits available to MCDR Members in good standing as well as their immediate families is presented in the Members section under the Benefits tab.  To gain access to the member's section you will need to sign-in using your e-mail address and password.  Flyers describing each of these benefits are made available at the sign-in desk during quarterly meetings, or upon written request either via e-mail or USPS. 

Our Mission

MCDR promotes and expands the use of the highest quality Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) statewide by:

                            Promoting ADR through consumer education and marketing

                      Setting the highest standards of practice and promoting the certification of members

                              Strengthening the ongoing education and skills of our practitioners

                            Promoting the commitment of private practitioners to the field of ADR 

                                     Act as a resource to practitioners and our community 

Our Vision

Our Vision is to change the way disputes are resolved in Maryland

by using cooperative non-adversarial approaches as a first resort rather than the last.

Our Goal
MCDR mentors practitioners to work successfully
within three primary, yet seemingly disparate aspects
of individual development: Business, Spiritual, and Professional.

Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 247
 Bethesda, Maryland   20817

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MCDR is the oldest membership-based organization in Maryland dedicated to promoting the use of mediation and supporting

the mediation profession.  We have a proud history of successfully advocating for allowing multiple professions to practice mediation,

halting attempts to restrict the practice some fifteen years ago.  MCDR is the first organization to establish performance based criteria

now in use as a national model, part of an ongoing dialogue on quality assurance and mediator credentials.

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