Connecting and supporting
                                                  conflict resolution practitioners

                                         across New England for over 25 years 



The New England Association for Conflict Resolution (NEACR) connects and supports conflict resolution practitioners and scholars in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. We have provided accessible information, education, resources and networking opportunities to new and experienced practitioners for over 25 years.

Mediators, arbitrators, collaborative professionals, lawyers, educators, students, and researchers -- together our community shares a mutual commitment to constructive conflict resolution, promoting best practices and increasing public understanding of our work. We are one of the national Association for Conflict Resolution's (ACR) largest and oldest chapters, with an impressive history of leadership in the national and regional dispute resolution communities.


We welcome you to explore our community, meet our members, and use NEACR as a resource for information, learning and continued exposure to new topics, themes and concepts concerning conflict resolution in New England. 


2021 Upcoming Events

Please join us for our next virtual 2021 event taking place on Thursday October 28, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 PM ET. This event will be a Member Spotlight featuring a discussion with long time NE-ACR member Richard Barbieri who will reflect on his unique path that led to an active “retirement” career in conflict resolution. Richard will look back on his years in NE-ACR leadership as well as his work on the Association for Conflict Resolution Board. Richard will offer insights into the many ways to be involved in the field in New England and beyond.  He’ll also discuss the work ahead as New England faces limitations on the availability of mediation and conflict resolution programs. Come learn more about Richard and share your insights.   

The format will be informal and interactive to engage all NE-ACR members and invited guests.

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Meeting ID: 894 8247 1121
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NEACR Events

Thursday, October 28, 2021 Member Spotlight: Richard Barbieri

Organizational Member Events

Elder Decisions® Elder & Adult Family Mediation Training Held via Zoom Wednesday and Friday afternoons, Noon to 4:30 PM Eastern October 20, 22, 27, 29, and November 3 and 5 As families face issues related to aging, they often grapple with important decisions about a range of topics such as living arrangements, care giving, driving, family communication, medical care, Powers of Attorney / Health Care Proxies / financial planning, estate planning, family real estate, and personal property distribution. Conversations around these issues can be emotionally charged and complex. This program teaches mediators skills and techniques for: - Working with families in conflict around these and other issues, - Convening multi-party family mediations, and - Facilitating consensus. Join trainers Arline Kardasis and Crystal Thorpe, along with guest experts, for six sessions packed with content, skill-building, role plays, and opportunities to interact with fellow participants. There‚Äôs a wonderful group of mediators registered and there are still a few spots left. ** Mention NE-ACR on your registration form to receive the early rate of $995, space permitting.** We welcome and want to support greater diversity in the field, and offer scholarships for Black and BIPOC participants to register at a reduced rate of $495. Please mention your interest on the registration form to receive a link to the discounted payment page. For more information, to read testimonials, and to register, visit Questions? Call: 617-621-7009 x29.

Other Regional Events

No upcoming events

Other ADR Opportunities

The Chief Justice of the Trial Court announces the commencement of the Uniform Application Process for programs seeking approval to receive referrals for court-connected alternative dispute resolution services in the Trial Court Departments pursuant to the Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution, Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:18.


1. Eligibility.  A court-connected referral for dispute resolution services can be made only to programs that have been approved.  A program is approved by the Chief Justice of the applicable Trial Court Department in which it seeks to provide services.


2. Approval of Programs. All programs currently approved to provide court-connected alternative dispute resolution services in the Trial Court must reapply, and any new programs seeking approval to provide court-connected dispute resolution services must apply for approval. 


3. Applicable Dates.


  A. A program seeking approval shall, no later than Monday, November 15, 2021, submit the Program Application to the Trial Court Department or Departments in which the program seeks to receive referrals.


B. The Departmental Chief Justices will make approval decisions and notify programs no later than December 31, 2021.


C. An approved program will be eligible to provide court-connected dispute resolution services commencing on January 2, 2022.

D. Once approved to provide dispute resolution services, a program in good standing retains its approval for a period of three years ending on December 31, 2024.


4. Obtaining Forms.  Program Applications may be obtained at the Trial Court website at:


5. Questions.  Any questions about this Notice may be directed to Tim Linnehan, ADR Coordinator for the Trial Court, at 617-878-0372 or

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NEACR works closely alongside numerous organizations working in and around conflict resolution across New England.


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