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  • The Community Mediator: Share Your Advice. Set Our Agenda
    share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom amplifying their voice and advancing their critical work There was an error in this gadget Community Mediation Quick Links Conflict Help Center Lend a Hand Membership Discussion Groups Get Social Updates Contact Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups ADRhub Search NAFCM s Blog Loading Subscribe To NAFCM

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/05/share-your-advice-set-our-agenda.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: Meet the NAFCM Board - Joe Brummer
    pain of violence then this is all worth it Serving on the NAFCM board is another step in that personal mission I started by attending a 64 hour training of trainers with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence RI to become a nonviolence instructor for youth in inner city schools I followed that with my basic mediation training at the Community Mediation Center of RI Around that same time I discovered the work of Marshall Rosenberg and decided to do a 9 day International Intensive training in Nonviolent Communication NVC I have now spent the last five years doing trainings in conflict management mediation and communication all around the North East My journey so far has taken me to amazing places I never imagined I would be doing the work I am doing I wake up some mornings just amazed at the inspiring projects with which I am involved In July 2010 I took the job of Associate Executive Director of Community Mediation Inc in New Haven CT In just one week s time in this job I can spend time training law enforcement officers working with youth to be peer mediators watching lifelong friends reconcile after months of not speaking to one another help organize police community dialogues and talk to gang members about choosing peace Those are mere samples of the amazing things this profession brings to communities I look forward to using my skills to help further this profession and learning from the other NAFCM members It is energizing to know I will be serving with people who have such experience talent and passion Best regards Joe Brummer Associate Executive Director Community Mediation Inc Posted by NAFCM at 10 35 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to

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  • The Community Mediator: Meet the NAFCM Board - Diane Featherstone
    our communities The Board of Directors for the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County DRC is very supportive of this appointment and look forward to hearing all the great things NAFCM will be doing to make a difference Our local DRC has been supporting the citizens of Montgomery County and surrounding counties Texas are 23 years Our county commissioners judges and attorneys have been active participants in the success of this program In 2010 we opened over 1 200 cases these cases were mediated by volunteers many have over 10 years of dedication with an average 86 settlement rate Our mediators rock As a very active member of the NAFCM Board of Directors I look forward to extending skills I have gained over a lifetime gathering more skills from a wealth of knowledge amongst the members and collaborating to share the value of community mediation centers It will also be great to work with Justin and other members to expand the clearinghouse resource tool Diane Featherstone Executive Director Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County Posted by NAFCM at 8 00 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Board of Directors Clearinghouse Community Mediation NAFCM No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom amplifying their voice and advancing their critical work There was an error in this gadget Community Mediation Quick Links Conflict Help Center Lend a Hand Membership Discussion Groups Get Social Updates Contact Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups ADRhub Search NAFCM s Blog Loading Subscribe To NAFCM Posts Atom Posts Comments

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/04/meet-nafcm-board-diane-featherstone.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: How Do We Help Thee? Let Us Count the Ways...
    is Sheryl Ellis a soon to be Master s recipient and NAFCM s newest project based intern Sheryl s work will help those in conflict to connect with both the conceptual potential and the community programs able to make a difference Here s what Sheryl has to say about her interests and energies I am excited about the opportunity to volunteer for NAFCM I look forward to meeting other individuals in the organization throughout the United States I am graduating in May with my Master s in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas During school I completed Internships with American Airlines and North Texas Food Bank I am currently an active member of ACR Conflict Resolution Network and Mediators Beyond Borders My background is in Human Resources Consulting specializing in Employee Relations with my Human Resources Certification California PHR Certification and my California Accident Life and Health License One of the reasons that I am volunteering for NAFCM is to learn more about Community Mediation and how NAFCM assists communities in resolving issues Professionally I am interested in providing mediation training and conflict coaching We look forward to supporting Sheryl as she connects with programs throughout the country and collects compelling stories of the many ways in which community mediation programs help those in conflict If you would like to share your example of how community mediation can help complete this short online form In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 2 21 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Mediation Stories NAFCM Public Awareness Website No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/04/how-do-we-help-thee-let-us-count-ways.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: Meet the NAFCM Board - Jim Lingl
    that had been the bread and butter of community mediation in earlier decades Today much has changed even as much has stayed the same In an era of declining federal state and local governmental budgets and an increasingly complex and astoundingly expensive judicial system more and more people are turning to their local community mediation centers as their top of mind resource seeking an ever widening range of services to deal with an ever expanding range of conflicts Through collaboration cooperation and shared experience our community of neighborhood mediation centers have the ability to meet the challenges of the coming decade We know what we have done individually let s share that knowledge and assist one another to develop a network of service providers which are self sustaining self supporting and so deeply ingrained in the psyche of the people that we can fulfill the hopes of the community mediation pioneers Community mediation is on the verge of becoming THE future avenue for access to justice for most of our constituents We need to make sure we receive value for our services from those who can afford it so that we can continue to provide no cost and low cost services for those who cannot And NAFCM is the big tent that we can all come into as we share and prepare for the demands that will be confronting us in the years to come In community Jim Lingl Board Member Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement Thousand Oaks CA Posted by NAFCM at 12 21 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Board of Directors Community Mediation NAFCM No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers

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  • The Community Mediator: ABA Dispute Resolution Conference Recap - Day 2
    are engaged in conflict prevention work and what beyond training are they doing on this front Question What is the right mix of conflict prevention conflict engagement and conflict resolution services Is there a right or optimal mix of these services for the entire field or is it inherently contextually community based Resource The Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Topic Stories Mediators Tell Question Do you share your mediator stories If so with whom mediation program staff fellow volunteers others Question Would there be value in NAFCM creating a new repository of community mediation stories and or outcomes Could we do such a thing and ensure confidentiality Resource Medley of Mediation Stories created from participants of the NAFCM and VOMA listserves Resource How would you categorize your favorite community mediation story Love fest horror novel heart warming pure comedy something else Share your favorite story headline Finally there were dozens of hallway conversations that kept the ideas flowing and connections strong In between sessions I was able to further the community mediation connection with JAMS Foundation s dedicated staff Mediate com s tech marvels the nation s foreclosure mediation guru court ADR resource and research powerhouses and folks from CADRE the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Pepperdine s Straus Institute Creighton s Werner Institute and many other brilliant and wonderful colleagues One specific conversation leaving me both smiling and scratching my head was with a mediator who uses trained therapy dogs to ease tensions that arise during mediations She said these dogs are trained to walk toward those expressing anger and calmly place their heads upon the laps of those whose anger is rising Who can stay mad when there s a cute dog calmly sitting by your side she asked Good point Made me wonder if these pups were simply more advanced versions of koosh balls many mediation programs keep table side to ease table tensions Also had me scratching my head about whether such purposeful use of service animals by the mediator may run afoul of any standards or ethical guides While allergies may be at risk confidentiality it s safe to assume wouldn t be jeopardized Throughout the conference we were also providing micro updates and interesting links on our Twitter account Don t miss a quip Follow us as we head to other conferences and continue our exciting work If yesterday s overview and today s recap have you feeling you missed out be sure to mark your calendar for next year s 14th Annual Spring Conference in Washington D C on April 18 21 2012 We ll reach out and work with the Section to find ways we can make next year s conference an even better more accessible event for community mediation folks especially those near our nation s capital Enjoy the weekend In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 1 05 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels American

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  • The Community Mediator: ABA Dispute Resolution Conference Recap - Day 1
    or more party as being coercive Question Where do you draw the line Should community mediators suggest solutions pressure parties suppose non settlement outcomes or engage in other similar actions to get the mediation resolved Resource Database of Mediator Ethics Opinions not necessarily community focused but still good Topic Accessing Justice through Mediation Question How does community mediation fit within the larger concept of social justice Question How integrated with traditional legal systems should the community mediation field be given concerns over potential co optation and the at least perceived legalizing of community mediation services Is there a bright line beyond which we must resist integration even if it would seem to provide greater access to justice Resource Accessing Justice through Mediation Pathways for Poor and Low Income Disputants Topic Helping At Risk Families Help Themselves Question How many community mediation programs partner with child welfare and the family court system Question What creative uses of our conflict engagement skills can we envision for disputes involving foster placement child social worker and related systemic conflicts Topic The Mediation Post Mortem A Model for Enhancing Mediation Learning and Practice Question Are there micro or meta conflict patterns we see in community mediation but haven t systemically addressed As a field community mediation mediates thousands of conflicts each year and hears tens of thousands of conflict stories Though each is intimately personal for the participants are there larger trends we re failing to acknowledge Given confidentiality issues how could we even know Question Personally do community mediators do enough self reflection or intervision as the Austrian s call it to continually improve their capacity to help Programmatically should we build in more formal opportunities to engage in such reflection Closing out the day s session was the Mediation Plenary at the beginning of which the Conflict Resolution Center in Minneapolis was recognized for it s video The Power of Mediation This video won first prize in the Section s Second Annual Mediation Video Contest on YouTube Unable to attend the conference personally Karmit Bulman Executive Director of CRC asked that I receive the award on her behalf I did so with the following sentiment I am very pleased and honored to accept this award on behalf of the Conflict Resolution Center which serves the broader Minneapolis region CRC s video The Power of Mediation is an exceptional example of what we do as mediators why we do it and indeed the great potential our entire field represents for those caught in harmful conflicts Each year this conference convenes practitioners from all corners of our field The Conflict Resolution Center s corner is community mediation a sector composed of roughly 400 community mediation programs serving tens of thousands of neighbors family members and many others each year CRC s specific work in Minneapolis is of exceptional quality and solidly represents our field to those with whom it interacts partners and serves It s now award winning video as you ve seen is of

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  • The Community Mediator: CRC Wins Mediation Video Competition
    to learn more about how mediation may help with their own conflicts The video features Karmit Bulman a current NAFCM Board member and provides examples of elder mediation landlord tenant mediation and parent teen mediation all interlaced with moving reflections about the power and potential of mediation The contest sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution s Mediation Committee will present CRC with a 1 000 cash prize and feature the video during the Section s Spring Conference in Denver on April 13 16 Additional video awards were presented for Pigs Pistols and a Hanging Mediation Meets the Hatfields and the McCoys Second Prize Why Mediate First Prize Student and Mediation Explanation Dramatization Second Prize Student You can discover even more mediation videos by visiting NAFCM s Community Mediation YouTube Channel Congratulations again to Conflict Resolution Center for the recognition In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 7 00 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation NAFCM News No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom amplifying their voice and advancing their critical work There was an error in this gadget Community Mediation Quick Links Conflict Help Center Lend a Hand Membership Discussion Groups Get Social Updates Contact Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups ADRhub Search NAFCM s Blog Loading Subscribe To NAFCM Posts Atom Posts Comments Atom Comments Follow by Email Total Pageviews Blog Archive 2013 3 April 1 January 2 2012 29 September 5 July 1 April 2 March 6 February

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/03/crc-wins-mediation-video-competition.html (2016-02-12)
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