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  • The Community Mediator: ICCCR Study on Mediator Effectiveness
    evidence based research or sufficiently responsive to situational contingencies In addition the findings from research that has been conducted on mediation present a fractured piecemeal understanding of what constitutes effective mediation and how to achieve it Research is either micro e g mediator style and decontextualized from the broader system of conflict management or macro e g case comparisons and disconnected from mediator decisions and behavior Knowledge developed within academia oftentimes does not reach practitioners and valuable field experiences and practices rarely inform academia impeding mutual learning and development Many approaches to mediation are insufficiently responsive to local culture and indigenous traditional approaches and tend to exclude women and youth Finally international standards and metrics of best practices in mediation are lacking To address these concerns the ICCCR has launched a comprehensive research project on effective mediation The current study is aimed at identifying the most basic aspects of mediation situations that determine differences in mediator strategies and tactics In other words what are the most important features of mediations that effect whether a mediator facilitates or evaluates seeks to settle or aims to transform comes on strong or backs off In order to participate in this study please complete the online questionnaire This survey will take about 30 minutes of your time and will contribute considerably to the scientific development of our field In addition we will be happy to share the results of the study and we will compensate you for your participation with a 10 Starbucks gift card Thank you so much for your time and consideration Peter T Coleman Professor of Psychology and Education Director ICCCR Teachers College Columbia University Posted by NAFCM at 1 08 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediators ICCCR International Center for

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2012/09/icccr-study-on-mediator-effectiveness.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: Save the Date - OMA Annual Conference Nov. 2-3
    an inspiring conference including a powerful keynote address by Michelle LeBaron JD MA who is an internationally renowned scholar and practitioner She currently serves as a Professor of Law and Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at the University of British Columbia UBC Canada Learn valuable tools and techniques from other disciplines participate in engaging sessions and learn to use mediation and related skills in a variety of settings The conference is appropriate for mediators lawyers community activists non profit staff social workers students and anyone interested in mediation and other forms of conflict resolution Visit the conference website to learn more Register online or download a brochure on the conference website One and two day registration options are available Continuing Education Credits NASW social work CEUs and Oregon State Bar MCLE credits are pending Interested in Volunteering Visit the conference website for complete details and submit your application by October 11 2012 Volunteer slots are generally filled in order of applications received For more information email the Oregon Mediation Association or call 503 872 9775 Join us for this exciting and inspiring conference Posted by NAFCM at 7 04 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2012/09/save-date-oma-annual-conference-nov-2-3.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: Community Activities in NOLA: A Preview
    Board members Contribute to the daily community focused conference recaps right here on this blog Complete NAFCM s crossword puzzle in the on site program Drop off your completed crossword at NAFCM s booth to enter our FREE membership drawing Join NAFCM during our 25 off September Special Membership renewal forms will be available in the exhibit hall at NAFCM s booth Online Request a personal update and resources from up to two of the Recommended Community Sessions and I will personally send you the info following the conference Read and comment on the daily community focused conference recaps right here on this blog Plug in to live conference updates via NAFCM s social media channels including Facebook Twitter Google Try your hand at NAFCM s crossword puzzle featured in the on site program Email a picture of your completed crossword to enter our FREE membership drawing Stay tuned for updates from NAFCM s on site membership meeting and watch for our companion online meeting to be announced shortly MAKE IT OFFICIAL Join or Renew your NAFCM Membership during our 25 off September Special I m looking forward to meeting and reconnecting with many of you this week I hope you re also excited about the week ahead In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 2 35 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ACR ACR Community Section Community Dispute Resolution Community Mediation Conference Member Discount Member Feedback Membership NAFCM The Community 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2012/09/community-activities-in-nola-preview.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: NAFCM to be on the TX Conflict Coach Radio Show
    to co worker conflicts nuisance neighbors to deeply personal family fights community mediation programs bring constructive conflict resolution services to the masses They mediate facilitate coach train and much more These programs and volunteers do all this with industry leading credentials and dogged dedication but often not much more Tune in to hear Justin R Corbett Executive Director of the National Association for Community Mediation speak about the State of Community Mediation within the U S the potential which motivates its momentum the pitfalls which keep it from even greater progress and the future of this influential field Justin is the Executive Director of NAFCM the National Association for Community Mediation There he advocates for and works to network volunteer mediators and the community programs which lend their expertise to the public for all manner of conflicts He previously opened a community mediation program in Indianapolis served as a mortgage foreclosure consultant with the Indiana Supreme Court and taught negotiations and conflict resolution at Indiana University He has graduate degrees from Pepperdine University s Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution Indiana University and the University of Cambridge He lives in Mesa Arizona with his wife Wendy who is also deeply passionate about community mediation Posted by NAFCM at 8 44 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Brad Heckman Community Mediation New York Peace Institute Pattie Porter Radio Interview State of Community Mediation Texas Conflict Coach 2 comments Pattie Porter September 13 2012 at 7 52 PM Love it So wonderful to meet you and your very lovely wife in person at the ACR Conference in NOLA Really look forward to having our conversation on the show soon Reply Delete Justin R Corbett September 14 2012 at 6 55 AM It s been great

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2012/09/nafcm-to-be-on-tx-conflict-coach-radio.html?showComment=1347591134763 (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: NAFCM to be on the TX Conflict Coach Radio Show
    to co worker conflicts nuisance neighbors to deeply personal family fights community mediation programs bring constructive conflict resolution services to the masses They mediate facilitate coach train and much more These programs and volunteers do all this with industry leading credentials and dogged dedication but often not much more Tune in to hear Justin R Corbett Executive Director of the National Association for Community Mediation speak about the State of Community Mediation within the U S the potential which motivates its momentum the pitfalls which keep it from even greater progress and the future of this influential field Justin is the Executive Director of NAFCM the National Association for Community Mediation There he advocates for and works to network volunteer mediators and the community programs which lend their expertise to the public for all manner of conflicts He previously opened a community mediation program in Indianapolis served as a mortgage foreclosure consultant with the Indiana Supreme Court and taught negotiations and conflict resolution at Indiana University He has graduate degrees from Pepperdine University s Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution Indiana University and the University of Cambridge He lives in Mesa Arizona with his wife Wendy who is also deeply passionate about community mediation Posted by NAFCM at 8 44 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Brad Heckman Community Mediation New York Peace Institute Pattie Porter Radio Interview State of Community Mediation Texas Conflict Coach 2 comments Pattie Porter September 13 2012 at 7 52 PM Love it So wonderful to meet you and your very lovely wife in person at the ACR Conference in NOLA Really look forward to having our conversation on the show soon Reply Delete Justin R Corbett September 14 2012 at 6 55 AM It s been great

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2012/09/nafcm-to-be-on-tx-conflict-coach-radio.html?showComment=1347630948828 (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: RFP: Community Mediation Webinar Series
    program you d like to highlight Do you have a personal or staff expertise you d like to share with colleagues Do you know of a resource colleagues should also know about Are you a researcher with recent or upcoming work you d like featured Whether one of the above applies to you or you simply have a great webinar topic in mind we want to hear from you Read the complete RFP and submit your topic ideas online Both solo and collaborative presentations are invited Act fast the proposal deadline for this current round is August 15 th In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 11 24 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Continuing Education NAFCM Webinar Series 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

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  • The Community Mediator: ABA Dispute Resolution Conference Recap - Day 2
    party type defendant or plaintiff gender ethnicity age group insurance involvement future relationship estimated probability of winning and court location Interestingly NONE of these variables predicted how attracted litigants were to using mediation If this finding holds throughout her final assessment it would serve as a strong suggestion to mediation advocates that alternative selling points should be highlighted when attempting to attract parties to the mediation table Mediation in the Arab Spring Part of the inspiring nature of Mediators Beyond Borders is its ability to connect colleagues and ideas across traditional boundaries This inspiration was on display in full force during a session titled Can Mediation Take Root in the Arab Spring Facilitated by Lynn Cole MBB s new Board President the session included powerful presentations from women throughout the Middle East including Jordan Lebanon and Turkey They each spoke about how mediation and ADR services generally could help enhance their local citizenry s access to justice and how it could open important dialogues As greater acceptance of free expression fills the Middle East one speaker proffered the need for the facilitative tools of dialogue increases MBB Israel s Mixed Cities Rounding out the conference on an international theme my final session was another MBB event titled Cross Cultural Narrative Transformation in Israel s Mixed Cities This session featured a short intro to narrative mediation and a more thorough review of one of MBB s projects to support community mediation programs in Israel Community mediation has a strong foundation in Israel with 24 local programs a financial supporter in the Gishurim and central training and technical assistance coordination offered through Nurit Bachrach s Mosaica Center for Conflict Resolution MBB s original project involved developing a training curriculum for Jewish Arab co mediators to mediate Jewish Arab disputes As MBB continues their connection with our Israeli counterparts additional support is being explored including possible adoption of Mediate com s Case Manager via NAFCM s member pricing and a more formal exchange of experiences between Israeli and U S community mediation programs Both of these possibilities are terribly exciting and I look forward to seeing how they develop While there wasn t enough time to thoroughly unpack the concepts of narrative mediation a few key points were shared that caught my attention including Narrative mediation helps us reduce the clarity of rigid dualistic and localized conceptualizations of the world and then helps rebuild a more dynamic complex and global understanding Narrative mediation helps complexify one s narrative That complexification broadens perspective and helps one gain agency over the conflict rather than the other way around A new Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution has been established at George Mason s S CAR Finally this session also included an elegant vision for Mediators Beyond Borders which I captured as In response to conflict rather than sending military might around the world MBB seeds and supports mediators minds This is a wonderful description of the great work MBB performs under the

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2012/04/aba-dispute-resolution-conference-recap_25.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: ABA Dispute Resolution Conference Recap - Day 1
    on the lookout for new research to help contextualize and validate their impact The final morning session part two of a mediation research mini conference envisioned what the future of that research will look like not only for community folks but practitioners and academics in all contexts The panel of academics tackled a broad range of audience driven issues including the need for greater practitioner access to the newest research connecting researchers with interested subjects sites and speculating on the up and coming in vogue research focus areas Some of my session notes were as follows Theory to practice jam sessions Could be a regular scheduled hangouts with a dedicated online discussion group This could be opened to a very wide group of interested academics and practitioners Cultural Competence Is it exclusively a passive competency or does it require of a culturally competent mediator an active responsive adaptation of process and or skills Where s the future of mediation research headed 1 Long term impacts 2 Unpacking the black box of the mediation session 3 Moving beyond anecdotal and 4 Affect of party preparation on outcome and perceptions of the experience Resonant research will help move the field from an art to a science How does mediation compare to extant popularly ascribed settlement processes rather than the more traditional mediation v litigation comparison Regulating Mediators Capping the day was an afternoon long town hall meeting which tacked the ever timely and polarizing yes even for mediators topic of regulation Facilitated by AmericaSpeaks and including 100 participating mediators and arbitrators this ambitious event was organized using a dozen or so practice oriented tables each with their own impartial table side facilitators nifty electronic keypads a designated thematic review group and near instant display of aggregated input The near three hour session was an engaging insightful and data rich if not decisive experience Not to let the conversation fade the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution s task force on regulation will use the info gathered during the session as they continue their discussions about whether and how to move forward on this issue Not wanting to wait for any task force proposal I hurriedly took copious notes on the detailed feedback received from the meeting s many questions Here are a few of the more interesting aggregated responses revealed during the meeting Notable participant demographics 100 Participants 89 mediators 11 arbitrators Only 9 younger than 35 65 were attorneys 36 actively volunteer 61 began their ADR involvement through legal work while 17 were first career ADR practitioners Regulation is important to Me refers to town hall participants Me Clients ADR Profession Strongly Agree 15 26 24 Agree 18 29 31 Neutral 24 16 14 Disagree 18 13 13 Strongly Disagree 26 16 19 Mediators should be regulated 21 Strongly agree 24 Agree 17 Neither agree nor disagree 14 Disagree 24 Strongly disagree If a national regulatory system were developed would you seek to become certified 52 Definitely 27 Maybe 16 No 5

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