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Welcome to The Communications Center, Inc.

OUR MISSION: The Communications Center helps individuals, organizations, and communities improve communication and thinking skills so they can work better together.


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Our president also mediates through a separate office.  More information on that here.


  • We help you make lasting and productive improvements in how you work.
  • We teach your team the skills we use.
  • We focus on the thinking and communication skills that help you work through difficult issues.
  • We customize our trainings and services for your group and your issues so that you don't have to struggle to translate theory into practice.
  • We don't leave you hanging after the program or matter is done - we provide follow up activities and support.


  • Sarah is presenting on Unpacking, Mapping and Evaluating Conflict in April 2016 at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Annual Spring Conference in New York City.
  • Sarah is working with the Kettering Foundation and the Columbia Daily Tribune in a learning exchange focused on local issues, 2015.
  • Sarah spoke on civic engagement at the Missouri Association of Counties Annual Meeting on November 26, 2014. 
  • Sarah interviewed Bill Johnson of Strategic Community Intervention for Mediation Week.
  • ICMA published our e-book, “Civic Engagement: 10 Questions to Shape An Effective Plan” in March 2014.
  • Sarah is teaching Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law Fall, 2013.
  • Dave has returned to Columbia after spending 2 years as a Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • We were selected by the National Institute for Civil Discourse to write an essay offering ideas for starting a national conversation on gun violence. Read the essay on our blog today!
  • We recently published our Civic Health Diagnostic Workbook. Learn more, review sample worksheets, and buy your copy today!
  • We sponsored a video series on Civility and Civil Dialogue for the American Bar Association's Mediation Week in October 2011. A description for each video, a link for viewing, and discussion questions are available at our blog and all of the videos can be viewed at VTC Stream.