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  • The Community Mediator: Meet the NAFCM Board - S. Gabrielle Frey
    Agency July 1 2008 as the phoenix rising from two Community Mediation centers that both closed their doors June 30 2008 both having begun offering services in the early 1990 s I have such wonderful support from my board comprised of people from the founding agencies people working in mediation and restorative justice and passionate individuals manifesting change my community the justice system the schools and citizens who have participated in our services and local education systems including the Community College system and large universities Wherever I go I find a yearning for tools to understand conflict and a desire to be adept at resolving discord Each conversation is a learning opportunity for me and reinvigorates my need to become better stronger and more adept at being present in the moment and experiencing what might be happening To bear witness to the journey in which we all are occupants and in which conflict is the only constant Each day I believe that I have improved and then I am challenged and humbled by the beauty of conversation the subtlety of body language and the delicate nature of the human spirit Each evening I wonder what the next moon cycle will bring and how I will face the challenge Looking forward to learning from and with all of you as we grow our profession and plant seeds of resolution with all whom we meet Wishing you well Gabrielle S Gabrielle Frey Resolution Works Executive Director 18th Judicial District Colorado Arapahoe Douglas Elbert and Lincoln Counties Posted by NAFCM at 7 00 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Board Elections Board of Directors Community Mediation NAFCM Resolution Works No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/04/meet-nafcm-board-s-gabrielle-frey.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: 2011 Board Election Results Announced
    Gehm Program Restore Location Sioux Falls SD Member Elect Daniel Kos Program NYS Unified Court System s Office of ADR and Court Improvement Programs Location Cohoes NY Member Elect James Jim Lingl Program Board Member Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement Location Thousand Oaks CA Over the next seven weeks leading up to the annual Face to Face Board meeting and Regional Training Institute in Las Vegas we will be featuring extended profiles of our newest Board Members Elect as part of our new Meet the Board blog series We invite you to click in and learn about their impressive backgrounds and exciting goals for their Board tenure and share their enthusiasm for our critically important field As we begin to orient these exceptional individuals onto NAFCM s Board we also want to take time to thank our members Your votes have provided these individuals an incredible opportunity to serve you Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully review their backgrounds statements and goals and then cast your vote in this year s elections We look forward to harnessing all our newest energies and resources to continue to serve and support all the good you do This truly is an exciting time for all our new Board Members Elect for NAFCM and for our field Congratulations In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 7 25 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Board Elections Board of Directors Community Mediation NAFCM 1 comment Anonymous March 25 2011 at 5 19 PM Congrats to all and blessings from Mary Ellen Bowen past co chair Reply Delete Add comment Load more Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/03/2011-board-election-results-announced.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: NAFCM Celebrates National Volunteer Week
    those who do so much in so many varied ways Community mediation volunteers donate countless hours in case development mediation settings and on follow up activities For those programs tracking these hours for financial reporting the value of volunteers donated time can quickly add up Two recognized resources for valuing volunteers time come from Independent Sector 21 36 hour and the Department of Labor s Occupational Employment Statistics for mediators 25 37 hour Beyond the critical volunteer mediator role community dispute resolution programs also utilize volunteers for administrative clerical training and many other capacities Without these generous gifts many programs would be unable to meet their communities needs or even maintain sustainability Recognizing this fact we encourage all community mediation programs to explore this handy Resource Guide full of ideas on how to promote your recognition of volunteers We also invite you to post a comment to tell us how you recognize your volunteers either this week or other times throughout the year Get creative be genuine and celebrate your own people in action today In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 2 06 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation NAFCM Volunteer Mediator 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/04/nafcm-celebrates-national-volunteer.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: Restoring the Restorative Justice Conversation
    Raye Duane Ruth Heffelbower and Sheryl Wilson each of whom supremely represent the ideals and professional dedication of VOMA and the broader restorative justice field Sheryl has graciously agreed to share of her wisdom and time by serving as VOMA s official representative inspiring and moderating along with NAFCM the exciting conversation housed in this new discussion group We are excited to be working so closely with VOMA on this new resource NAFCM and VOMA s respective programs work side by side our members are often one and the same our philosophical and practical objectives are closely aligned and our passions to help those in conflict are beautifully in sync Beginning today through the Restorative Practices Discussion Group we now also share a common platform to convene and support restorative programs and practitioners We invite you to learn more about this new group as well as NAFCM s many other topical and geographic focused listserves Take a moment to learn how to join the community s newest conversation and begin reconnecting and restoring our important voice In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 2 15 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Discussion Groups NAFCM Restorative Justice Victim Offender VOMA 2 comments Karmit Bulman April 7 2011 at 3 04 PM I am thrilled about this new collaboration and joined the discussion group right away Thanks Reply Delete NAFCM April 7 2011 at 5 30 PM Wonderful Karmit We ve already had several restorative champions and luminaries including yourself join the discussion We re honored to serve as the co host and platform for this important group Reply Delete Add comment Load more Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/04/restoring-restorative-justice.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: Website Wednesdays - Discussion Groups
    you will retain the convenient direct to inbox messaging you ve come to enjoy and gain more easily customized message delivery preferences informative participant profiles accessible conversation histories and many other features The of breadth of these new features will help ensure our community s conversations not only continue but flourish DIRECT DIALOGUE As our e dialogue expands with the latest technologies we re pleased to announce yet another exciting addition NAFCM is now hosting a wide range of discussion groups From topical focuses such as Transformative Mediation and Restorative Practices to targeted geographic groups such as our new state level lists you can now join the specific conversations of greatest interest to you Using the same accessible Google Groups platform as our national list you can now easily connect with colleagues across the state around a topic or along professional roles These new focused lists are great places to connect with your closest colleagues support counterparts share local resources and training announcements and advance your specific corner of the field With over 60 targeted discussion groups already open and more on the way you can find your niche and get connected today CUSTOM CONVERSATIONS Finally we are pleased to offer the ability to create your own custom discussion group Using our simple online form you can begin working with us to create and hold your own tailored e space Connect your program s volunteer mediators to your own custom listserve Create an online working group to advance a new service area Or propose a new topical area to expand our conversational horizons ever onward Whatever your focus we ll work directly with you providing the platform from which you can create new communities How you Benefit Get Up to Speed Stay Up to Date As colleagues and your own interests and roles change over time these new community conversations will be continually archived to ensure new participants can get quickly caught up on group history interests and priorities This is especially important for custom lists connecting your state s Executive Directors or other groups with regularly changing memberships Engage How What You Want Using NAFCM s new discussion platform you can customize your experience to satisfy your specific preferences Choose to receive all messages immediately or in a convenient email digest format or keep your inbox free by reading group messages directly online In addition to delivery preferences you can choose to engage only the specific conversations in which you re most interested Access Collected Wisdom All of It Discover what s been shared before easily restart and update conversations and find exactly what you re looking for Archives of each group s members only discussion archives are indexed by Google s powerful search engines allowing you to access the collected wisdom of our field no matter when it was shared or when you joined Ready to Start Join the Conversation in Four Easy Steps We re thrilled to offer so many exciting outlets to further connect our field

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/04/website-wednesdays-discussion-groups.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: Partnering to Advance the Transformative Dialogue
    Fellow and member of the ISCT s Board of Directors She previously founded the Community Dispute Resolution Center Inc in Ithaca NY where she served as its Executive Director for 25 years Jody is also a Certified Transformative Mediator and Fellow of ISCT She is the current Executive Director of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County in Poughkeepsie New York You can read more about Judith and Jody including their impressive backgrounds and deep commitment to transformative mediation on the ISCT s website This collaborative project reflects the strong long standing support NAFCM has demonstrated toward the transformative framework We firmly recognize the value of transformative mediation which is largely viewed as a more holistic and responsive approach toward mediation than alternative models frameworks philosophies NAFCM works to support the numerous community mediation programs across the country that have adopted transformative mediation as their preferred or exclusive practice During 2007 and 2008 we trained 35 individuals representing several community mediation programs throughout the country in transformative practices as part of the Helping Our Military reEnter H O M E program Today through this discussion Group we continue our support of transformative mediation and those community mediation programs which are interested in or are currently espousing its tenants We look forward to having many of you join us in the rich dialogue occurring within the Transformative Practitioners Centers discussion Group We also graciously thank ISCT Judith and Jody for their continued support of community mediation and for working to make this collaboration possible In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 8 48 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Discussion Groups ISCT NAFCM Transformative Mediation Website No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/04/partnering-to-advance-transformative.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: Website Wednesdays - Social Networking
    mediation squarely on the ADR field s broader radar Each of these outlets allows us to spread the news about community mediation to different and increasingly wider audiences It also allows us to customize our message to these diverse audiences We keep it buttoned up for our business minded LinkedIn discussions and then to kick up our feet for Twitter updates like how community mediation can help cool red faces after too much green beer Wendy E Hollingshead Corbett actually started us moving in this direction in November 2009 when as our then Jr Co Chair she created and administered NAFCM s Facebook page That first entree into social networking taught us a lot We learned connecting online is an increasingly meaningful educational and powerful experience not entirely dissimilar to the personal connections we daily encourage in our work as conflict professionals We also learned that online social networking is becoming a key source of information for those in need of local offline services With this new appreciation in hand we want to encourage more community mediation programs explore their own online social activities Getting set up with many of the most popular services is incredibly easy and regular account maintenance can be as simple as a couple minutes every few days though your investment obviously influences your returns If you re looking for inspiration take a look at NAFCM Board Member Elect Joe Brummer s activity for Community Mediation Inc You can also check out the regularly informative Tip of the Day videos uploaded onto the Virginia Conflict Resolution Center s YouTube Channel Once you ve taken the plunge or if you re already posting and tweeting away NAFCM wants to amplify your online voice We ve created a simple online form for you to tell us which social

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/03/website-wednesdays-social-networking.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: 2011 Board Candidates & Voting Announced!
    an excellent working relationship with many community leaders local courts judges attorneys and social service agencies We all work together to educate the community on the value of participating in mediation Personal Statement It excites me to think about adding local success strategies to such an extensive group creating an opportunity to develop and or strengthen the success of many other community centers Working with a team to support like goals visions and success is a passion I would love to share with other members of the NAFCM board I believe every person in every community deserves to have an opportunity to participate in mediation and create unique solutions for their own personal situation a community mediation center is the heartbeat of this opportunity Board Goals Collect data from current community centers This data is two fold first is to monitor what works to establish basic guidelines and second to share with NAFCM members Play an active role in regular meetings with other centers listen to suggestions and encourage collaboration Work with the clearinghouse team to support community centers Candidate S Gabrielle Frey Location Denver CO Current Involvement I opened Resolution Works A Community Mediation and Restorative Justice center in July 2008 born of the ashes of two Community Mediation Centers that both closed their doors in June of 2008 By inheriting the programs relationships with community administrative elements including board members of these programs our new agency has demonstrated the true concept of the phoenix rising I had worked as staff for 4 years a volunteer mediator for 6 years prior to that at one of the agencies and felt very invested in the concepts of community involvement with ADR and problem resolution on the individual as well as systemic levels schools businesses and government I have been mediating professionally since 1990 prior to that although unaware of the terminology around conflict resolution I had inherently integrated ADR techniques into both my personal and professional experiences While focusing on training and mentoring new mediators within Resolution Works I also teach Restorative Justice Mediation Negotiation Facilitation and Law and Society to graduate and undergrad students at the University of Denver Personal Statement I want to enhance my contributions on a national level with shared information and gaining recognition for the work that we all do and expanding the conversation about how the individual impacts the community and thus shifts the ability to be able to work out conflicts with positive outcomes I d like to see training and financing for conflict resolution become integrated at the communal district state and national levels In 2006 I had the opportunity to go to Iceland to provide Restorative Justice and Mediation training to their police department including social workers psychologists and attorneys who work with community and this emphasized my desire to continue working at the community level with training and mentoring the skills become part of the culture My commitment is to conflict resolution techniques becoming part of the general conversation that we have within our communities businesses families and schools With NAFCM as a national clearinghouse of information we continue to strengthen our resources knowledge base and platform to integrate our message of mediation as a model for the 21st century of conflict resolution With collaboration comes funding research opportunities and outreach to the public to provide training and integration of conflict resolution techniques Board Goals Expand partnerships with Comm Mediation Centers and schools K 12 Comm College Universities to provide trainings seek resources and funding for mediation programs both for community and within the institutions Increase volunteers with mentoring of higher education students Promote Conflict Resolution Day within each state Colorado has expanded by proclamation of the governor to Conflict Resolution month Focus on activities trainings and funds and volunteer recruitment Partner w international programs such as Mediator s Beyond Boarders to develop and promote multi national education conflict resolution techniques Build program development skills and sustainability while working with specific needs based communities Candidate John R Gehm Location Sioux Falls SD Current Involvement I have been involved in various aspects of community mediation and restorative justice since the early 1980s when I was director of a victim offender mediation program in Indiana I also trained mediators and was involved in the restorative justice movement I received my Ph D from the University of Notre Dame in the early 1990s and was did academic research in the areas of outcome measurement social change and victim impact After 15 years in teaching I have gone back into the field to help develop a local program called Restore develop alternatives to incarceration for the criminal and juvenile justice systems using circle conferencing victim offender mediation and community dispute resolution I am also owner and principal of Restorative Practices Group LLC Through my private practice as a consultant I use healing and peacemaking circles for resolving conflicts within churches as well as between families and schools in disputes regarding individual education plans for students with special needs I also use restorative re entry circles for ex offenders returning to the community Personal Statement My desire to serve on the NAFCM Board of Directors stems from my interest in becoming more involved with what has been occurring on the national scene I believe community mediation will be deemed to be more important as states and communities look for cost effective humanistic alternatives to formal bureaucratic processes for dealing with conflict I began my work in restorative practices in the early 1980 s as a mediator in one of the nation s first victim offender reconciliation programs I received my Ph D in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and have published extensively in the field I have added group conferencing and peacemaking circles to my areas of practice Throughout my thirty year career I have attempted to weave my passion for social and restorative justice my interest in reconciliation and forgiveness and my belief in the critical role that story and narrative plays

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