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What Are Sections?

ACR Sections are special interest groups in Conflict Resolution.

Why Should I Join a Section?

Sections add to your ACR membership experience by providing interaction with members with interests in special areas. Members of ACR Sections fill a vital role in sharing common concerns, forging alliances and developing joint strategies to promote and strengthen the field of conflict resolution. Being a member of a Section allows you to build networking relationships, share ideas, experiences, and challenges and collaborate on issues of mutual interest. ACR currently has 13 Sections, in specialties in the field. For more information about Sections, please contact ACR’s Section Director at

How do I Join a Section?

Download a registration form, Login as an ACR Member, or call 202-780-5999 to sign up.


Commercial Section
    Provides information to ADR professionals who resolve disputes in the commercial and financial services
Community Mediation & Restorative Practice Section 
  This Section of ACR highlights the restorative practice approaches which arise out of the principles and assumptions of Restorative Justice. Restorative Practices include community mediation in many forms and settings, as well as innovative alternative dispute resolution programs in criminal and community justice-making.
Court Section 
  For practitioners working in the Court ADR programs
Crisis Negotiation Section 
  Helps you develop advanced skills in de-escalating high conflict incidents. Join us to connect the research and skills of experts such as crisis hostage negotiators and apply it to your work in conflict.
Education, Research, & Training Section    Education: Supports ADR practitioners from preK-12 to higher education settings. Research: Provides a forum for exchange of ideas from all fields of conflict resolution research, practical applications and new ideas. Training: Facilitates design and presentation of cutting edge programs that enhance trainer and training system development.
Elder Decision Making & Conflict Resolution Section 
  Supports your ADR practice to the elderly, their families and public/private service providers
Environment and Public Policy Section 
  Promotes development of environmental and public dispute resolution programs
Family Section 
  Provides support to a wide range of family mediation fields
Healthcare Section    Assists members in educating the public and the health care industry on ADR practices and offers a Health Care Section Help Line
International Section 
  For practitioners working around the world to advance local conflict resolution.
Online Dispute Resolution Section  
  Explore the use of online technology in resolving disputes
Spirituality Section 
  Our vision: a dream of peace, an intention to make a difference in the world, and a desire to help others
Workplace-Ombuds Section    Providing section members with education, practice building support, and professional development in collaborative approaches to workplace conflict management.

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