About

Our History

In 1990, a group of graduate students from the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (GMU S-CAR) came together to put into practice the dispute resolution skills acquired through their educational and experiential journeys. Beginning as a mediation clinic, this laboratory experiment grew to become an affiliate of GMU as its own non-profit 501(c)(3), known as the Northern Virginia Mediation Service. 
Over these last three decades, the organization has dramatically expanded and diversified its programs and services, thus outgrowing the moniker of a mediation service. Today, NVMS Conflict Resolution Center (NVMS) collaborates with local governments, non-profits, federal agencies and businesses to deliver the broadest array of programs, services and training throughout Northern Virginia. Through these channels, we help thousands of clients to reach constructive solutions, build stronger relationships and conserve valuable time and resources at work, at home and in their communities.

From the very beginning, NVMS was created on the principles of community building, self-determination, and collaborative problem-solving. These principles continue to be the cornerstone of NVMS Conflict Resolution Center’s work today.

Over the years NVMS expanded from working with families and neighbors to collaborating with local governments, other non-profits organizations, federal agencies, and area businesses.

Our Mission

NVMS provides the necessary tools and services to help our clients navigate conflicts constructively, build stronger relationships, and save valuable time and resources.

Our Values

Empowerment: We support individuals in making more informed choices to deal with life events and challenges.

Inclusion: We are inclusive and representative of the communities and clients we serve.

Integrity: We follow through on our commitments and approach our clients and partners with honesty and authenticity.

Community Connection: We partner with organizations and individuals to ensure our approach is aligned with community and client needs.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a premier provider of conflict resolution services to individuals, groups, and organizations in the region.