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  • The Community Mediator: Rebel with a Cause
    most difficult entrenched and strained situations with exceptional competence steely aplomb and impressive results Take a peek at my own journey in joining the community mediation movement in the Association for Conflict Resolution s latest edition of ACResolutions PDF Rebel with a Cause The Making of a Community Mediator is a short account of what moved me from the classroom to my community s fence strewn front lines It s also a good read for first profession mediators who are not drawing upon and then diverting however subtlety or substantially from a decades long career of legal therapeutic social or any other work Have a read and then share your own motivations for volunteering as a community mediator in the comments below In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 4 07 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ACR Community Mediation Volunteer Mediator 1 comment Zoie Neala August 28 2012 at 11 24 AM I was only in search of temporary fencing brisbane when I stumbled upon your blog but being a teacher myself your insightful take on what makes one a mediator clearly struck me There s more to just jumping over the fence full of angst filled individuals with only a pen in hand I had a great time reading through those links you provided More power to your advocacy Cheers 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 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

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  • The Community Mediator: The Perfect Start to a Mediator's Day
    the possible uses Need to drive home a point to new mediator trainees Implement a Pavlovian mix of lesson feedback java reward to ensure the concepts stick Particularly cantankerous clients arriving within the hour Take a double shot and get amped to soothe At a loss for what to do in the heat of a spiraling mediation Serve up a round of Mediator Blend to the parties and watch the room relax and resolve itself away How else could you use the new Mediator Blend in your program or practice Share your scenarios in the comments below In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM PS Also pairs nicely with a morning read of The State of Community Mediation Posted by NAFCM at 12 52 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Humor Mediator Toolkit 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

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  • The Community Mediator: 2012 Board Election Results
    Mediation Center Location Asheville NC Member Elect D G Mawn Program Community Systems Online Location Louisville KY Member Elect Steffanie Medina Program Creative Mediation Location San Luis Obispo CA Member Elect Kelly Riley Program Nebraska Mediation Association Location Eagle NE We also had two current Board members re elected to serve a second three year term including Member Elect Peter Taillie Program Mid Shore Community Mediation Location Easton MD Member Elect Malcolm D White Program Neighborhood Justice Center Location Las Vegas NV Over the next six weeks leading up to the Board s annual Face to Face meeting we will be featuring extended profiles of our newest Board Members Elect as part of our Meet the Board blog series We invite you to click in and learn more about their impressive backgrounds and exciting goals for their Board tenure 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 1 17 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Board Elections Board of Directors Community Dispute Resolution Community Mediation NAFCM No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe

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  • The Community Mediator: 2012 Board Elections
    the staff of the Mediation Center since 2006 I started working as a community mediation coordinator and have been the executive director since 2008 I am trained in community Medicaid and superior court mediation One of my favorite things to do is work with groups Whether it s a facilitated planning meeting or a community conflict it s fascinating to see how the mediation process works no matter what I m fascinated by all the ways that mediation is important in communities across the country and I m glad to be part of the NAFCM community where we can call be connected PERSONAL STATEMENT I am the Executive Director of the Mediation Center which serves four counties in the mountains of North Carolina Since 2006 I ve been on the staff of the Mediation Center as a mediator and trainer and I ve been the director since 2008 One of my favorite things about mediation is a match one of my own core beliefs that most problems have a solution We only need creative and effective processes to find those solutions My strongest skills are in making strategy based plans and bringing them to fruition I enjoy helping groups plan together and then watching those plans unfold whether it s over a week or several years I also have strong skills around grant seeking strategy grant writing and financial management I ve enjoyed seeing NAFCM re awaken over the past few years and I ve love to be part of the next steps Mediation already has an important place in the US and yet there is room to grow deeper roots and expand NAFCM s impact I would like to help deepen NAFCM s connection to North Carolina and our 20 community mediation agencies as well as being part of a national strategy BOARD GOALS To deepen NAFCM s connection to North Carolina by helping NAFCM increase the membership in and around NC and increase the engagement of current NAFCM members To serve as a resource in grant seeking I can help develop ideas about what kinds of grants are useful for NAFCM and provide support for developing compelling proposals To support support a planning process around how NAFCM can continue to support community mediation centers in sharing resources and knowledge CANDIDATE D G Mawn LOCATION Louisville KY CURRENT INVOLVEMENT Field Involvement My interest began in college as a cultural anthropology major studying and assessing the impact of different perspectives experiences and communication expectations on relationships in church and community settings Mediating conflict has been a function of my role as a Youth Minister Attorney Community Organizer and now as a community consultant focused on enhancing community outcomes While I am certified as a mediator I have never had that role formally However whether it is my present involvement as a member of my neighborhood association or professional experience working with state and communities to developed community lead solutions I have put my mediation knowledge to work following the maxim nothing about us without us This consultation and coaching provided to state public and community based organizations on human services system development and effectiveness leadership development strategic planning and communication cultural intuitiveness sustainability and evaluation within the areas of focus have been HIV AIDs early childhood development cultural competency substance abuse and sustainability within both community based and governmental rubrics test the very core of my mediation skills PERSONAL STATEMENT Through out professional and personal endeavors the culture and systems of organizations and the communities they serve and the processes followed to raise and resolve conflict has been something I have been drawn to not shied away from My experience has continued to sharpen my communication strategic planning and cultural competency skills In my work I have been engaged in developing communication awareness campaigns to raise interest in issues that either were taboo AIDS or not viewed as an issue tobacco and alcohol use while focusing on what the audience was ready and capable to hear and digest I currently use a process I helped to develop called DABing Additionally I have been a member of several successful grant writing teams which targeted federal state and local community sources I also engaged individuals and communities throughout Florida in a conversation about cultural competency where I introduced Cultural Intuitiveness This process focuses on taking a paper measurement of organizational and system health regarding cultural competency to experienced valued reality This past year I have continued my work in large urban communities in Florida rural communities in Illinois as well as with the team at La Fundación Abuelitos de la Calle in Quito Ecuador BOARD GOALS To expand the impact of the work of the association by expanding the reach and saturation of present communication mechanism that will increase the number and activity of champions and stakeholders To sustain the impact of the Board by embedding the IDEAL inclusive diverse effective action oriented leadership service into the culture of the Board increasing the responsiveness and flexibility of the board to meet the needs of the association To provide support to the staff and members by creating access to additional outside expertise and expanded resources in order to enhancing their work CANDIDATE Steffanie Medina LOCATION San Luis Obispo CA CURRENT INVOLVEMENT Nearly three years ago I was fortunate to become a staff member at Creative Mediation the community mediation program in San Luis Obispo CA With a background in counseling I quickly learned first hand the unrivaled value of mediation as a unique and effective method for resolving issues and mending relationships Through my work with Creative Mediation I have been involved in a wide variety of mediation service offerings including Small Claims Elder Parent Teen Civil Harassment Unlawful Detainer Juvenile Dependency and Workplace I have also become the lead trainer for both our basic and advanced mediation training courses as well as school based Peer Mediation training Finally I am directing our team to develop programs to serve our community in the

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  • The Community Mediator: Happy St. Patrick's Day
    for Irish Americans Today people of all backgrounds celebrate St Patrick s Day not only in Ireland and the United States but also in Canada Australia Japan Singapore and the former Soviet Union more Fun Facts There are 34 7 million U S residents with Irish ancestry which is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself St Patrick s voluntary return to Ireland brings up the subject of forgiveness We can t all be saints so in order to forgive many of us require an apology but there s something we can do other than holding our breath In many instances a quick and relatively painless apology is transformative and effective means of resolving conflict It s pretty straightforward the offender offers an apology and the offended accepts but not every apology is accepted Dorothy J Della Noce citing Seiji Takaku 2001 suggests A conflict is not resolved when an apology is offered but when the offended party accepts that apology and requires empathy Empathy must be experienced by and communicated by both parties to the conflict not simply one or the other In other words to be effective in resolving conflict apology and forgiveness are best viewed as interactive processes not simply one sided speech events When an offense is made people tend to blame the behavior or action on the offender s bad character Takaku s experiments show that an offended party was more likely to accept an apology and forgive when the offended reflects on his or her own imperfect nature p 506 and empathizes with the offender It requires empathy to recognize the possibility that the offender may be a fundamentally decent human being who made a poor choice in a difficult situation If the offended recognizes that he or she may have committed

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  • The Community Mediator: The State of Community Mediation 2011
    000 Case Referrals per year 900 000 Service Recipients per year PROGRAM SNAPSHOT 3 Full Time Equivalent Staff Members per Program average 50 Volunteer Mediators per Program average 150 000 200 000 Annual Budget average SERVICE PORTFOLIOS 30 Distinct Service Types 9 Services per Program average MEDIATION CASE TYPES 100 Distinct Case Types 36 Case Types per Program average 4 to 70 Case Types per Program range FUNDING 5 Revenue Categories per Program mode Roughly 50 of Funding Originates from Government Sources VOLUNTEER MEDIATORS 20 000 Volunteer Mediators Fieldwide 35 Hours Volunteered per year average 20 000 000 Donated in Professional Mediation Services Fieldwide 16 1 Ratio of Volunteers to Full Time Equivalent Staff Members 4 1 Ratio of Staff to Volunteer Hours 350 Full Time Equivalent Volunteers Fieldwide 0 9 Full Time Equivalent Volunteers per Program average Read and engage the complete report which is now posted for FREE in its entirety on NAFCM s website Many thanks go out to the JAMS Foundation for their support of this report as well as to my lovely and luminous co author Wendy E H Corbett In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 3 19 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Dispute Resolution Community Mediation NAFCM State of Community Mediation 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

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  • The Community Mediator: Leaping toward Self-Determination
    appeals as perhaps the most apropos time to make one It has less of the built in failings and pressure of New Year s resolutions and less of the negative connotation of bucket lists things to do before you die versus things to do while alive Leap Lists can be seen as things you want to do before everything you have to do It s really a matter of perspective but what they all have in common is self determination Most of us will not include the impossible on our checklist such as establishing world peace or discovering the cure for cancer but it is possible on a personal scale We are capable of having peace in our lives and minimizing the number toxic relationships we experience by way of self determination Self determination is the power ability or belief to make a decision for oneself without outside influence you control your own destiny It is a combination of attitudes and abilities that lead people to set goals for themselves and to take the initiative to reach these goals It is about being the author and architect of your life making your own choices learning to effectively solve problems and taking control and responsibility for your life In mediation self determination is among one of the preeminent characteristics of the process It is a responsibility of all participants including the mediator to ensure that all parties have not only the capacity to participate in the process but also the right to define their issues needs and solutions and to determine the outcome of the process As mediators our experience with self determination should parlay into our everyday lives You have the power and authority to determine the quality of your life Enjoy every minute of it Posted by NAFCM at

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  • The Community Mediator: Romance the Other 365 Days a (Leap) Year
    s difficult to keep the romance alive amidst colicky babies recycling burnt dinner laundry and work Nine to five has become a mythical legend along with Santa and the Tooth Fairy The truth is someone has to get the toys and put them under the tree and wake up at 3AM to put money under the pillow Deciding who does that is a negotiation but the common interest is the happiness of the child Instead of declaring It s your turn and rolling over begin the conversation with how adorable that toothless grin is and how surprised the child will be in the morning This conversation is more likely to lead to you both wanting to be the one who causes that 3 Generate Possibilities for Mutual Gains There s a reason we have two ears and only one mouth we should listen twice as often as we speak When brainstorming solutions listen really listen to what the other person is saying Once you hear their concerns you are better able to address them with a solution based on mutual gain There are many solutions to any given problem It s a relationship not algebra You may both be saying the same thing just differently but you won t know that unless you listen 4 Act on Solution Based Principles and Objective Criteria In your relationship dance who leads If you ve never asked that it s probably you When the power dynamic favors one partner over the other it is necessary to utilize objective standards for settling disputes Play and fight fairly and you can protect the relationship even while arguing Do you really want to manipulate your partner into something when a persuasive conversation on the merits of your idea will suffice And for Good Measure Remember the

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