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  • The Community Mediator: September 2011
    skills development and quality assurance All told OMA has crafted an accessible soirée offering eleven hours of professional development with plenty of opportunity for re building personal connections thrown in for good measure Of further import to community oriented attendees will be the presentation of OMA s Shannon Stewart Award of Excellence and its distinguished kin the Brian Johnston Award of Excellence which respectively honor notable volunteers and staff members at community dispute resolution centers and other public benefit entities Gleefully correcting a too long absence from PNW ADR events NAFCM will proudly be in attendance We look forward to reconnecting with our friends and colleagues working in one of the most active and consistently impressive regions of the country We invite all in attendance to visit us at our Exhibitor booth where you can score your very own Community Mediator conference ribbon and check out the latest community mediation resources Be sure also to plug in to NAFCM s Facebook and Twitter accounts which will feature a stream of real time community focused ideas and resources during the event Following the conference we ll post a conference recap to The Community Mediator NAFCM s blog Hope to see many of you in Portland this Fall In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 11 14 PM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Calendar Community Mediation Conference Facebook NAFCM Oregon Mediation Association The Community Mediator Twitter ACR 2011 Annual Conference Join NAFCM and community mediation colleagues from across the globe at the Association for Conflict Resolution s 2011 Annual Conference in San Diego during October 12 15 Now celebrating its 10th successful year ACR is preparing to host another exceptional conference featuring cutting edge presentations field renowned speakers and ample opportunities to re connect with colleagues from every geographic and professional corner of our diverse ADR landscape Community mediation colleagues specifically have a lot to look forward to at ACR this year First the organization s Community Section will host a half day pre conference session on Wednesday October 12th entitled Surviving and Thriving in these Tough Economic Times pg 19 featuring informative presentations by Karmit Bulman Cheryl Cutrona and Caroline Harmon The Section will also host a lunch meeting providing its members with an update on the Section s recent activities including the always helpful collection of Conference Accessibility Resources During the regular conference community focused practitioners will be able to choose from amongst a large number of illuminating and provocative sessions Community programming that focuses on conflict coaching large group facilitations peer mediation police citizen conflicts and prisoner re entry performance based evaluation various restorative practices and community training models are but a few of the tantalizing topics entreating this year s attendees Throughout the conference NAFCM will be on hand to connect with friends new and old We invite you to stop by our exhibitor booth where you can catch up snag your own

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  • The Community Mediator: July 2011
    No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation NAFCM RTI Teleseminar Training Webinar Series July 25 2011 Community Mediation Program Map Community Mediation Does Amazing Work NAFCM Promotes It With over 400 community mediation programs operating throughout North America these programs make a real difference every day As a field we have a lot to be proud of With all these programs regularly updating services and contact information NAFCM has a lot for us to stay on top of NAFCM strives to maintain a complete accurate list of all community mediation programs available to assist those in conflict To make this list accessible to those in need we ve made it freely available on NAFCM s website as an interactive online map Each month this map is accessed thousands of times by those in conflict seeking nearby assistance It helps families locate programs to help with parent teen mediations It helps neighbors find more constructive options than relying upon code enforcement to encourage neighborly behavior It helps local organizational leaders find a skilled facilitator for a difficult upcoming meeting This map connects people facing all manner of conflicts to an entire field that s prepared ready and willing to help We encourage anyone confronted with a particularly difficult situation to explore this online map and contact a nearby community mediation center to discover which services may be available for you We also encourage our colleagues throughout the field to regularly review and update the contact information contained on this map to ensure the public continues to have the best possible resource when called upon Help NAFCM ensure it has your program s most accurate contact information Confirm and if necessary update the details of your program Lend a hand by updating a neighboring program s info as well We re proud of the incredible work performed throughout the community mediation network And we re very pleased to help make their work more accessible via the Community Mediation Program Map In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 1 55 AM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Locate NAFCM Online Program Map Website July 19 2011 Fund Development Teleseminar Teleseminar on Fund Development for Community Mediation Centers Tuesday July 26 2011 1 00 to 2 30 pm EDT Cost FREE Co Sponsors NAFCM the ACR Community Section Back by popular demand this one and a half hour teleseminar will provide a broad overview of funding sources available to nonprofit mediation centers The information provided will be general in nature All participants will receive a helpful 24 page fund development handbook and have an opportunity to participate in an interactive Q A component following the formal presentation The following topics will be covered in the teleseminar The essentials of development planning The seven sources of money available to any organization Overview of government funding sources Funds from foundations

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  • The Community Mediator: June 2011
    new opportunities to engage and connect the membership including hosting the annual membership meeting The Membership Committee also serves as the Nominating Committee during the annual Board elections Committee Meeting Times Third Thursday of every month from 11 30 am to 12 30 pm ET via teleconference Committee Leadership Joe Brummer Chair John Gehm Diane Featherstone Jim Lingl Malcolm D White How to Join the Committee We d love to hear from you If you re interested in joining the Membership Committee or simply learning more please contact Justin R Corbett corbett nafcm org or Joe Brummer jbrummber nafcm org In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 12 04 PM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Membership Membership Committee NAFCM Newer Posts Older Posts Home Subscribe to Posts 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

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  • The Community Mediator: May 2011
    violence to occur I believed then and continue to believe that if just one person is spared the physical and emotional 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

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  • The Community Mediator: April 2011
    and Members of the Armed Services Bridge their Differing Cultures Question What is your community doing to help service members re integrate into civilian life following deployment s Is there a way your program may be able to plug in to and supplement these efforts Question Could multi stakeholder community dialogues focusing on the challenges facing re integrating service members help bridge the military civilian cultural divide Resource NAFCM the ACR Community Section s co hosted teleseminar on Mediating Military Personnel Involved Conflicts Resource Learn about NAFCM s previous work supporting the re integration of reservist service members Topic Conflict Resolution and Creativity as Emergent Characteristics of Weak Tie Networks and Small Worlds Question How many community dispute resolution centers 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 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels American Bar Association Community Mediation Complexity Theory Conflict Prevention Emergence Science Mediation Stories Military Re Integration Section of Dispute Resolution Teleseminar April 15 2011 ABA Dispute Resolution Conference Recap Day 1 The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution s 13th Annual Spring Conference is in full swing here in Denver With the first full day of regular sessions down I m here to report the community mediation angle and share our thoughts on the latest topics entering the collective conversations Feel free to use the comment feature to provide feedback or answer some of the questions below Basic Setup The community mediation crowd tends to be comparably smaller at ABA conferences than at other national gatherings such as the Association for Conflict Resolution s Annual Conference Still for those able to swing it there s plenty of good sessions that address community mediation related topics This year you can find several restorative justice research ethics and emerging practice areas that ll inspire your program and whet your apetite for continuing education Who s Who NAFCM is here to help keep community mediation on the broader ADR agenda Luckily we have several colleagues joining us in those efforts Tim Hedeen and Debora Brownyard are at least two of NAFCM s Board Elders making the rounds Representatives from numerous community mediation programs are also engaged in the session shuffle including Brad Heckman and crew from Safe Horizon soon to be the New York Peace Institute come July Tobi Inlender and staff from the Center for Civil Mediation Community Service Programs and likely several others There s also strong community mediation supporters here such as the JAMS Foundation Resolution Systems Institute RSI MACRO and Mediators Beyond Borders to name a few Here are some of the topics I ve heard and provocative questions I m now asking of community mediation Topic Conflict Retribution Spiritual Traditions Question Are self interest based approaches toward conflict resolution truly universally applicable Question Should community mediation programs develop specialized services to provide non neutral neutrals for those clients whose cultural or religious norms expect vested third parties Resources Hawaiian Ho oponopono Balinese Hindu Banjars Japanese Zen Arabic Sulhas Topic Manipulation and Coercion in Mediation Strategy or Sin Question If coercion happens in the mind of the coerced what innocuously intended mediator actions might be interpreted by one 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 comparable quality and representation for all of us Thank you for recognizing the Conflict Resolution Center and its video The Power of Mediation Thank you to the ABA s Section of Dispute Resolution for choosing CRC s video to sit atop its broad public platform And thank you to each of you for all you do to help those in conflict I m looking forward to the second full day of events I ll post a recap for Friday s developments as well In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 7 55 AM 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels American Bar Association Community Mediation Conference Ethics NAFCM Research Restorative Justice Section of Dispute Resolution Training April 12 2011 Meet the NAFCM Board S Gabrielle Frey Meet the NAFCM Board is a series of guest blog posts designed to introduce you to those shaping the agenda and direction of our field We invite you to welcome new Board members and reconnect with our returning leadership by leaving a comment below Greetings All Ok this is my first blog posting and I m going off to deep thoughts with Gabrielle When Justin asked us the newly elected board members and thank you very much for your votes and belief that I will be a solid representative of the NAFCM membership to provide something to be shared with the NAFCM blog community I was perplexed as to what I might say that will resonate with my peers My only blog exposure thus far is my brother s poetry and haiku blog which features linguistic wonders and thought provoking vignettes neither of which is my strength I am excited to become involved with NAFCM and my fellow conflict resolution gurus as I work to grow my business in the Denver metro area I opened Resolution Works A Community Mediation and Restorative Justice 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 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Board Elections Board of Directors Community Mediation NAFCM Resolution Works April 11 2011 NAFCM Celebrates National Volunteer Week Community Mediation Runs on Volunteers Volunteer mediators serve on their communities front lines of conflict They supplement the work of our field s dedicated professional administrators assist neighbors and family members with all manner of disputes and lead by their daily personal example of how to constructively engage differences Given all they do for their communities and our movement of over 400 U S community mediation programs its fitting to formally recognize and appreciate their contributions That is why NAFCM is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 10 16 and encouraging you to do the same This year s slogan Celebrating People in Action is a wonderful reminder to acknowledge 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 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation NAFCM Volunteer Mediator April 7 2011 Restoring the Restorative Justice Conversation Re Enlivening Restoring the Restorative Justice Conversation Today we are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with VOMA the Victim Offender Mediation Association to reinvigorate the rich conversations within the restorative justice community NAFCM and VOMA are now co hosting the new Restorative Practices Discussion Group This new group is designed to connect like minded practitioners share resources aggregate collected wisdom and advance the restorative justice conversation We encourage those working in restorative focused programs to explore this interactive discussion group listserve and lend their voices to the collegial and collaborative conversations it will now house VOMA s extensive history supporting restorative practitioners and programs both in the U S and abroad has uniquely qualified them to co host this substantive wide ranging discussion group By specializing in victim offender mediations conferencing circles and related restorative justice processes VOMA s institutional and field knowledge will serve to elevate the Restorative Practices Discussion Group into a leading forum for professionals the world round Further strengthening the foundations of this new group has been the energetic participation of VOMA s Board and administrative representatives Barbara 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 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Discussion Groups NAFCM Restorative Justice Victim Offender VOMA April 6 2011 Website Wednesdays Discussion Groups Each Wednesday or as close thereto as our schedule allows we will highlight a particular feature of NAFCM s website worthy of your review By highlighting specific components of our website we re hopeful you ll become better equipped to take full advantage of all the resources we ve packed into our mighty site Once you ve checked out this week s feature we invite you to continue clicking and discover even more This week s Website Wednesday feature Discussion Groups NEW Join the Conversation in Four Easy Steps For over a decade NAFCM has hosted the national community mediation conversation on our listserve We ve had thousands of voices join the often lively e chorus which readily shares resources support and wisdom with colleagues throughout the field Today the list has over 700 individuals representing all aspects of community

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  • The Community Mediator: March 2011
    love the results S E A R C H O N Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 7 00 AM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation NAFCM Search Website Website Wednesdays March 22 2011 Beyond Bullying Training Active Bystanders Community mediation programs across the country have initiated and advanced an impressive array of community focused services From community police dialogues to surrogate decision making cross cultural communication training to homeless prevention these services expand upon the core components of constructive conflict engagement and serve to equip communities with targeted responses to emerging and persistent conflict trends No trend is as disturbing or consequential as bullying Headlines continue to fill our media with unfortunate examples of the harm caused by such activities as well the creative and increasingly visible responses it has begun to elicit from school houses to the White House Quabbin Mediation in Orange Massachusetts is leading the way in responding to this increasingly destructive conflict through their engaging holistic and proven approach called Training Active Bystanders TAB NAFCM is pleased to highlight Quabbin Mediation s extensive work with TAB by offering a teleseminar designed to educate and expand the use of TAB programming throughout communities nationwide Co hosted by the ACR New England Chapter this hour long teleseminar on May 26th will feature three of Quabbin Mediation s dedicate professional staff members and introduce the tenants benefits and potential of TAB We invite all interested programs to learn more and register for this FREE teleseminar titled Beyond Bullying Training Active Bystanders Together we can help reduce harm improve our communities and do even more good In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 7 00 AM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Bullying Community Mediation NAFCM Teleseminar Training March 21 2011 Las Vegas Regional Training Institute May 20 21 10 hours of Specialized Training 2 days with Colleagues 1 Weekend in Vegas VIVA COMMUNITY MEDIATION VIVA YOU We ve now finalized NAFCM s 2011 Las Vegas Regional Training Institute RTI and are ready for you to join the fun This exciting event includes a convenient yet extensive schedule of courses to help our field s dedicated community mediation staffers enhance their programs and further their own professional development We refined our courses to highlight those topics commanding our field s attention over the past year including fundraising sustainability quality assurance and several others We ll be presenting these topics using RTI faculty who have lead the way in innovation and tirelessly striven to continually advance our field Take time to visit the complete schedule of course topics and meet this year s RTI faculty At NAFCM we re incredibly understanding of the difficult financial situations many community mediation programs have weathered these past few years As a result we have carefully crafted a schedule that minimizes travel costs and are offering an incredibly affordable registration rate By beginning later in the morning on Friday May 20th and concluding mid afternoon on Saturday May 21st attendees can participate in the entire event while incurring only a single night of hotel expense For those who are interested we are also working to arrange free home stays with volunteer mediators from the Neighborhood Justice Center our gracious host for the RTI training site Please contact us if you are interested in exploring potential home stay options We look forward to having many of you join us in fabulous Las Vegas May 20 21 The connections resources and wisdom you ll gain are all things you ll definitely be taking back home The rest of your Vegas experience is of course confidential Registrations are limited and close May 6th so be sure to REGISTER TODAY In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 7 00 AM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Conference Las Vegas NAFCM RTI Training March 16 2011 Website Wednesdays Community Mediation Calendar Each Wednesday or as close thereto as our schedule allows we will highlight a particular feature of NAFCM s website worthy of your review By highlighting specific components of our website we re hopeful you ll become better equipped to take full advantage of all the resources we ve packed into our mighty site Once you ve checked out this week s feature we invite you to continue clicking and discover even more This week s Website Wednesday feature Community Mediation Calendar Community mediation happens NAFCM has it scheduled Need to promote your next event Planning your conference schedule for the year Interested in comparing your program s training rates and PR materials with those of colleagues NAFCM s Community Mediation Calendar is your new resource for all this and more Visiting NAFCM s new website will quickly get you connected with the latest events happening across your state and around the globe Whether its an international or regional conference basic or specialized mediation training volunteer mediator in service training teleseminar fundraiser call for proposal or other community mediation related event you can discover and promote them all using the field s new Community Mediation Calendar This resource truly is the community s calendar In just over one month since launching the Community Mediation Calendar has grown to over 40 events representing 20 different community mediation programs in over a dozen states We re working hard to ensure all events sponsored by or of significant interest to those working in community mediation are featured Now we want to promote your events as well If you are planning presenting at or simply looking to further promote a community mediation related event share the details with the entire world by sharing them with NAFCM Adding your community mediation event is as easy as sending an email to events nafcm org In your message be sure to include the event s sponsor title location and a flyer or website where those interested can learn more If you have PR or registration materials but haven t yet uploaded them online we ll do that for you and add them directly to your event listing And to make this calendar accessible for all we re offering this service to our community for FREE Get involved Get noticed Get scheduled using NAFCM s Community Mediation Calendar In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 7 00 AM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Calendar Community Mediation Conference NAFCM Training Website Website Wednesdays March 15 2011 NAFCM Presents at Orange County Mediation Conference Two members of NAFCM s Board of Directors will be representing NAFCM and the broader community mediation field at this year s Orange County Mediation Conference on Friday March 18th This annual event gathers private court connected and volunteer community mediators for some of the region s most advanced ADR training and field updates With Carrie J Menkel Meadow headlining the event as its invited keynote speaker and many other field luminaries in attendance such as Victoria Pynchon and NAFCM s representatives attendees at this year s conference will be presented with a wonderful opportunity to learn and network with colleagues from throughout the SoCal region NAFCM s presentation titled Community Horizons A Field Level Examination of What s Ahead for Community Mediation Programs and Services will be led by Dana Crawford Lofton and Charles Chang Dana serves as the Sr Co Chair of the NAFCM Board of Directors and is the recent Program Manager of the Dispute Resolution Center at Community Action Partnership of Riverside County California Charles is also a current NAFCM Board member co ordinator of NAFCM s new Diversity Inclusion Working Group and serves as the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center in Los Angeles California The complete description of the Community Horizons presentation is included below Community mediation is in a state of flux Following the latest economic downturn community mediation programs have been forced to do more with much less confront serious questions of sustainability and examine their role within the broader legal and social justice landscapes At the same time demand for services has continued to rise increasingly creative programmatic partnerships are being developed and the breadth of programs core services is continuing to expand How do these factors combine to shape the state of community mediation What new or continuing trends will have the greatest influence on the evolution of community mediation during 2011 and over the next five years These questions and more will be examined using the presenters experiences with NAFCM and the collective wisdom from participants own involvement within the community mediation field Join us during this interactive session as we explore our collective community horizons We hope to see many of you there In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 3 34 PM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Board of Directors Community Mediation Conference Discussion Groups NAFCM March 14 2011 2011 Board Candidates Voting Announced We are thrilled to announce the 2011 slate of NAFCM Board Candidates Earlier this year we solicited professionals and volunteers from throughout our field to nominate themselves or a colleague to the NAFCM Board of Directors After receiving an exceptional batch of nominations current Board members interviewed each nominee and finalized this year s class of candidates Corresponding with this announcement NAFCM is also releasing this year s election ballot We invite everyone to read more about each of our exceptional candidate s below including their current involvement in our field and their key goals for NAFCM should they be elected Current Individual and Program Members of NAFCM are also encouraged to vote for your chosen candidates But don t wait voting closes at 11 59 pm PT on Monday March 21st Read more about the candidates in their own words below And don t forget to VOTE Candidate Samuel Joe Brummer Location New Haven CT Current Involvement A developmental process best describes my involvement in community mediation that began in 2001 After the second time of being the survivor of a violent crime I wanted to get involved with activities that were meaningful to me and would help reduce the violence on our world First I completed a workshop at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence Rhode Island and then practiced by teaching students in Rhode Island Schools about the Six Principles and Six Steps of Nonviolence by Martin Luther King Jr Around that time I learned about a process of Nonviolent Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg which strengthened my interest in helping people solve interpersonal conflict Then a news report about two neighbors involved in a violent dispute that promoted my interest in mediation so I enrolled in basic mediation training in 2006 at the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island I followed this with a VOMA Restorative Justice Training in 2007 an international intensive training in nonviolent communication in 2008 and a Basic 40 hour divorce mediation training in 2010 Currently I am the Associate Executive Director at Community Mediation Inc in New Haven CT Personal Statement Becoming a mediator is part of a larger journey for me I started as a volunteer nonviolence trainer in public schools Then I learned about and now practice Nonviolent Communication as well as sharing it with others I became a volunteer mediator in Rhode Island and Connecticut and now serve as the Associate Executive Director of a community mediation center Joining the NAFCM Board of directors seems like the next logical step in my journey I bring hundreds of hours of experience conducting mediations at the community level I have experience in landlord tenant conflicts workplace disputes neighborhood disputes civil law suits and victim offender mediations I have also volunteered at mediation centers in two states learned how to connect resources and people and gained the respect of my peers In addition I have conducted over 75 trainings and workshops in Connecticut Pennsylvania Rhode Island and Vermont I have presented to a wide range of age audiences With this experience I will bring a unique understanding of the demand for training in this field such as what subjects are of interest to different audiences fee structures acceptable to participants and training tools that appeal to diverse audiences Board Goals To increase community mediations by 20 by working with community mediation centers to effectively market and provide a greater understanding among the general population of the benefits of mediation and other ADR processes To support existing and new community mediation centers by improving their knowledge of data collection systems evaluation models outcome measures providing information about funding opportunities in their areas and continuing to support the NAFCM listserve To increase the number of training opportunities for community mediators by providing best practices in the field sharing knowledge of community demand and advertising training opportunities through the NAFCM Candidate Elaine Dickhoner Location Cincinnati OH Current Involvement I am a mediator and trainer located in Cincinnati OH As I do mediations in this community and in the surrounding area I see again and again the need for strong community based mediation programs A few months ago I started contacting local mediators to begin looking at how we might develop a community mediation program to meet the needs of our tri state area Although we are in a formative stage at this time the response from both mediators and from community leaders has been strong and many creative ideas have been expressed Before becoming a mediator I was involved for over 20 years with non profit organizations particularly in the areas of marketing fund raising and volunteer program development So I have seen the need for a service of this kind first hand and look forward to helping provide that in the coming months Personal Statement I am interested in serving on the board because I believe in the importance of community mediation and would like to become more involved in this area I also feel that because of my strong background in the non profit sector that I can bring skills in marketing fund raising and community program development to the table My involvement in the mediation field includes the areas of health care elder decisions small business and landlord tenant All of these areas are important in community mediation services too I started my own company The Conflict Management Group specializing in mediation and arbitration services and training We currently have 14 contract mediators and offer services to businesses health care small businesses real estate and to families elder decisions family law Additionally I am working with others in our area to develop a truancy mediation program I believe that my experiences would fit well with the NAFCM Board and that I could contribute a strong history of community involvement and knowledge Board Goals Identify creative ways for communities to implement community mediation programs particularly in economic times such as the present new collaborative ventures need to be explored and encouraged new models that utilize existing resources need to be developed Develop marketing plan guidelines that can be used by communities as they form new community mediation programs to achieve local buy in and to maximize impact Find financial resources that can be used by mediation centers whether in the form of grants sponsorships etc Assist centers in locating funding sources and sharing information with others Candidate Diane Featherstone Location Conroe TX Current Involvement I am the Executive Director for the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County This community center has been supporting the community for both mediations and training of mediators since 1988 Our mission is to educate and empower our community to create solutions rather than conflict I have been active in various community programs as staff volunteers and or board member since 1988 and have established 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

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  • The Community Mediator: February 2011
    of stakeholders for peace often serves to bring community mediation practitioners into broader projects allowing them to share their expertise and message with new audiences As an aligned partner in peace work NAFCM stands in solidarity with the Institute and firmly asserts the continued need for their invaluable services We encourage others engaged in peace work and or committed to constructive outcomes for conflicts to learn more about the Institute and discover current actions designed to support its continued existence In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 2 20 PM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation USIP February 2 2011 2011 Call for Board Nominations Passionate about community mediation Stirred to serve We are Nominate yourself or a colleague to the NAFCM Board of Directors NAFCM the National Association for Community Mediation has now released its 2011 Call for Nominations to the Board of Directors If you re involved and or interested in community mediation and would like to make a difference from atop the NAFCM platform consider submitting your nomination today We re looking for candidates from all walks backgrounds and skill sets who are unified in their desire to advance the critical work of dedicated community mediation program staffs and their volunteer mediators If elected candidates serve a three year term flexible alternatives possible and are asked to actively contribute to both advancing NAFCM and promoting our field Read the full list of qualifications and expectations review the 2011 timeline contact us with any questions and submit your nomination form all from NAFCM s new website We look forward to reviewing your nomination soon In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 5 49 PM No comments Email

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  • The Community Mediator: January 2011
    as an online community space for those who want to login upload profile pictures and engage the conversation directly through their browser Get connected join a group today COMMUNITY MEDIATION CALENDAR Community mediation happens NAFCM has it scheduled We are now hosting a centralized calendar of events relevant to our field Whether its a conference in California a gathering in Grand Rapids a training in Tucson or a teleseminar or online event we ll publish your event details for all to see Adding events couldn t be easier Simply send an email to events nafcm org We ll also be adding a simple online form for additions soon COMMUNITY MEDIATION SEARCH Looking for just the right resource but can t quite put your fingers on it Now you can use NAFCM s custom Community Mediation Search Engine to quickly find resources directly related to our field Using the drop down box at the top of our new website you can choose to search NAFCM s site the entire Web or perform a custom Community Mediation Search This last option allows you to target your search to community mediation programs websites and related resources We have indexed hundreds of websites and thousands of webpages to help you quickly find the best community mediation information and resources directly from NAFCM s website PUBLIC TESTIMONIALS Mediation programs are too often referred to as their communities best kept secrets Now through NAFCM s website those we serve can also serve us by sharing their experience Visitors to NAFCM s website can choose to leave a general or program specific testimonial by completing a quick online form conveniently submitting a letter of support or recording an audio message to be featured on our website These testimonials will help inform and encourage others to consider community mediation services for their own conflicts For quality assurance and confidentiality reasons all submitted testimonials will be reviewed prior to sharing to ensure their appropriateness for public posting Those are just some of the exciting new features we ve been working on but there s more We re going live this week with a big list of additions yet to be unveiled Here are some of the features we look forward to releasing over the next month MEMBER LOGIN NAFCM s members are dedicated professionals who are asked to do a lot with very little We re working to make their work easier by providing a members only area that houses a crowd sourced clearinghouse of countless resources enhanced program member profiles to be included in future map releases and other resources to help members better connect and enhance their centers As we continue building this members area you can get an early start by beginning to share resources to the new online community mediation clearinghouse using our simple upload gadget or by sending your files to share nafcm org NEW CONTENT While our new site isn t old enough to have collected any dust not all pages and features

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