SEEDS is currently experiencing a very high caseload for community mediation cases. Please expect a delay in response time. If you have an open case, Case Developers will respond to your communication within 72 hours of return. New inquiries will receive a response within 7 business days of return and be answered in the order they were received. If you are interested in opening a case, please start a case online to get your intake started. Thank you for your patience!
Through dialogue, our trained mediators can help you address conflict and move towards shared goals. We understand the possibility of conflict as a generative force.
Mediation services are provided by trained volunteers, supervised by SEEDS staff. All mediators and case developers volunteer their time to provide these valuable services to the community.
Are you a community member in the Bay Area or beyond seeking support for a personal conflict?
Do you work for a business/organization seeking support for workplace conflict?
SEEDS also offers remote mediations and one-on-one Conflict Coaching.
What is Mediation?
Mediation provides a supportive place where people can talk through their conflict in a productive manner. A mediator helps people in conflict:
Communicate for better understanding
Identify the issues and each party’s interests
Develop creative solutions
Negotiate a lasting agreement that works for everyone
Mediation agreements are not legally binding. We do not give legal advice, but we can refer you to the appropriate legal agency to help with your case.
Mediation Services Are:
Restorative: Mediation honors relationships and helps build better communication and understanding.
Effective: 75-80% of cases end with a satisfactory resolution for all.
Confidential: Statements you make in mediation cannot be used in civil court without your permission.
Affordable: Sliding scale means no one is turned away because of inability to pay.
Voluntary: Mediation is based on the voluntary cooperation and good faith of the parties.