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  • The Community Mediator: Victim-Offender Dialogue for Serious Violence: A Case Study
    A Case Study is a wonderfully reflective piece glimpsing into the VOD SV room and recommending opportunities for continued field growth Drawing on their article the characteristics benefits and stages of VOD SVs are outlined below More substantive sections revealing the Missouri Department of Correction s VOD SV program statistics the authors field recommendations and identified best practices are now being shared within the Restorative Practices discussion group a listserve co hosted by NAFCM and VOMA I encourage you to join this group to learn about VOD SV and other restorative practices connect with colleagues and share resources Participation in this discussion group is open to all those interested in restorative justice theory and practice Characteristics of VOD SV Victim initiated Usually occur several years after the crime Usually occur within a correctional facility and Involve high levels of emotion and tension Benefits of VOD SV High process satisfaction from victims and offenders Opportunities for apology and forgiveness Victims safety concerns related to offenders release are reduced Less victim opposition to offenders release and Offenders are better prepared to re enter the community Stages of VOD SV Case Development assessment contracting and preparation Victim Offender Dialogue pre dialogue briefing victim offender dialogue and post dialogue briefing and Follow up Be part of the deeper VOD SV and general restorative justice conversations Join the Restorative Practices discussion group today In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 8 12 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Conflict Resolution Quarterly Discussion Groups NAFCM Research Restorative Justice Victim Offender 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/10/victim-offender-dialogue-for-serious.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: Blending Transformative & Community Mediation
    the transformative framework within a community mediation context As you read her experiences I encourage you to join and engage the Transformative Practitioners and Centers discussion group Share your own experiences with transformative mediation pose questions to Jody and other transformative minded colleagues and otherwise contribute to the group s conversation For example consider responding to the following questions Practitioners Does the community mediation program with which you are affiliated utilize the transformative mediation framework If so how does the center support your growth as a mediator If not how if at all has your personal mediation stylistic preference impacted the way you engage your local center Center Administrators What have been some of the most significant benefits and challenges associated with your program s use of transformative mediation I look forward to reading your impression of Jody s important work and watching the conversation grow Special thanks go out to the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation for generously permitting this chapter reprint We encourage you to learn more about ISCT and its definitive Sourcebook In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 4 24 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ACR Community Mediation Discussion Groups ISCT NAFCM Transformative 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 Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/10/blending-transformative-community.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: ACR 2011 Annual Conference - Daily Recap #4
    ACR and will be surely missed Thank you Lou Following Lou was Perri E Mayes ACR s incoming President Elect who will continue to champion the Association s recent successes and inspire us as we continue to advance and grow the field Personally I look forward to working with Perri who herself has a strong history in community mediation and is committed to working with field partners in ACR s various initiatives Welcome aboard Perri Renewed Connections There were an impressive number of community mediation folks in San Diego this year In fact when Woody Mosten asked a packed Grande Ballroom audience how many attendees were connected in some way to community mediation I was both shocked and strengthened to see at least a quarter of the hands quickly raised Though I likely missed personally connecting with many of these exceptional colleagues I am grateful for the renewed connections with which I ve left the conference including those with such marvelous people as Lance Allen Linda Baron Anne Bers Hubert L Brown Karmit Bulman Suzanne Burnett Ken Cloke Louis Cohen Geoffrey Corry Margaret Crowley Christy Cumberlander Walker Teresa Cusma Cheryl Cutrona Lois Edmund Michele Ennis Benn Clare Fowler Lou Gieszl Sarah Gonzales Alan E Gross Mary Hancock Caroline Harmon Tim Hicks Pyllis D K Hildreth Megan Johnston Dai Kato Kay C Kenyon Marya Kolman Juliana Konze Carrie Landrum Jim Lingl Perri E Mayes Catherine McCracken Mike McLeroy Jim Melamed Jody B Miller Mary N Miller Ron Nelson Jennifer Noffke Tamra Pearson d Estree Charlie Pillsbury Tim Pownall Sharon Press Donzell Robinson Jonathan Rosenthal Colin Rule Duane Ruth Heffelbower Bill Stempel Terri Stokes Jeanne Tarantino Avis Ridley Thomas Angelia Tolbert Hector Valdez Linda Waters Bill Warters Chris Welsh John Windmueller Rachel Wohl Patrick Wolff Zena Zumeta and many other warm colleagues

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  • The Community Mediator: ACR 2011 Annual Conference - Daily Recap #3 (Part 2)
    he encouraged us to view our work through a peacemaker s lens a lens that takes both the long and deep views of human interaction and humanity s potential Woody s challenge reminded me of the philosophical and promotional diversity found throughout the estimated 400 community mediation programs operating within the U S alone Though equally responsive to their specific community s needs programs vary widely on the motivating focus of their programming e g emphasizing restoration compared to resolution and the public image they cultivate e g doves of peace compared to scales of justice Rather than bifurcate and strain our connections however these differences enrich our field and allow us to attract and introduce the constructive potential of mediation and other conflict assistive services to wider audiences than any single approach alone would otherwise achieve Increasingly this blended approach is not only visible at the macro level but also within individual programs Traditional community mediation programs are adding restorative processes to their service portfolio and many restorative justice programs now also offer more traditional ADR processes to their communities This blended approach is likely motivated by a number of economic social and pragmatic considerations but the end result is a field more connected and with a greater capacity to assist those seeking justice of its varied alternative informal restorative social and other technicolored manifestations Real Dialogue in Restorative Justice With so many exceptional presentations many were frustratingly out of reach for any single conference goer to attend Thankfully I received updates from several colleagues in between sessions such as Karmit s review of Rochell Arms A and Jessica Hillard s Creating Space for Real Dialogue in Restorative Practices A Tale of Two Programs Joined also by Bernard Le Roux via recorded video from Sweden this session outlined the use of adult victim offender mediation for conflicts involving assaults restraining orders and pending criminal proceedings Karmit shared her interest in the programs acknowledgement and processing of reciprocal victimization often created in tit for tat escalated conflicts This approach allows the participants to garner a deeper understanding of not only how they were harmed but how they may have also harmed another and how the parties can collaboratively work to repair their collective harm God in the Process Karmit also shared a quick update on a session focusing on the presence and impact of religion within various conflict assistive services This session God in the Process Is there a Place for Religion in Conflict Resolution Processes presented several examples of religion interlaced with conflict assistive services such as Ho oponopono and those catalogued by Harvard s Global Negotiation Insight Initiative While there are a number of community mediation programs directly affiliated with a specific religious institution or tradition e g St Louis Mennonite Peace Center and Jewish Community Justice Project most programs secular neutrality is professionally agnostic to yet personally respectful of participants religious persuasions specifically as they may relate to the substance or processing of a given conflict This

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  • The Community Mediator: ACR 2011 Annual Conference - Daily Recap #3 (Part 1)
    Police Complaints Next was an informative presentation on a model program from the Western Justice Center on Citizen Police conflicts The presentation titled Bridging Community Police Divides The Importance of Mediation and Dialogue to Peacefully Resolve Citizen Complaints presented a solid example of how local community mediation programs can collaboratively engage local police departments to integrate mediation into an oftentimes high tension stereotype laden power balance conscious conflicts WJC s partnership with Pasadena Police Department represents a number of smart practices including its eight hour conflict skills training for officers the ability to opt in to mediation at multiple stages of citizen police complaints including pre complaint filing mediation engaging community forums and WJC s commitment to continually evaluate and enhance the program s design and implementation Mediators Beyond Borders International Offering up a tasty selection of sweets Mediators Beyond Borders introduced a full room to the organization s mission leadership and inspiring projects it performs around the world MBB s focus on building and supporting communities local capacity for conflict engagement is beautifully aligned with NAFCM s own mission to amplify peacemakers voice aggregate their wisdom and advance our field In fact this synergy may open future doors for MBB NAFCM collaboration as our respective organizations continue to explore new ways to support those in conflict As you continue your own local work I encourage you to also share your talents with MBB s global initiatives Afternoon and evening updates from the second day to follow In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 12 54 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ACR Conference Mediators Beyond Borders Model Standards NAFCM Police Complaints No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom

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  • The Community Mediator: ACR 2011 Annual Conference - Daily Recap #2
    alike Soaking in the presentation details were peer focused administrators and advocates from all walks many of whom signed up to participate in a new conference specific resource listserve As materials develop through this medium I will regularly cross post them to the related NAFCM discussion groups ACR Community Section Luncheon What can I say here but WOW We had an exceptional gathering of over 20 community program administrators and mediators all proudly donning their Community Mediator conference ribbons and eagerly sharing their thoughts on how to further strengthen our field Following an update on last year s newsletter teleseminar and conference accessibility accomplishments we moved on to record over a dozen insightful and inspiring project ideas to keep the Section busy and it s partnership with NAFCM strong Higher Education Model Standards Not an immediately obvious next session choice given the compelling community focused alternatives my attendance at the Session Reporting on ACR Higher Education Model Standards Task Force represents an important future community connection Over the past several months I ve had the privilege of representing NAFCM and the broader community mediation field on this ambitious Task Force As the broader group has undertaken a learnedly nuanced assessment and visioning of standards for higher education dispute resolution programs the practical implications of and exciting potential for community programs have been firmly in mind In fact an ambitious initiative to further strengthen the community higher ed connection is in need of only time and technology for its Athenan birth Any interested collaborators out there Prisoner Re Entry Capping off the session day was the delightfully unpredictable yet reliably impressive Harmon Ennis Benn dynamo from the enviable Community Mediation Maryland braintrust This session outlined the design and operational considerations for Maryland s statewide prisoner re entry mediation service Well researched and well reviewed the presenters recounted their dogged insistence on process integrity when designing this innovative service By meaningfully challenging prison protocol and problem solving with correctional collaborators Maryland has founded a model program already flattered by a number of colleagues seeking to replicate and extend prisoner re entry mediation programming elsewhere throughout the country Learn more about Maryland s experiences by listening to the Prisoner Re Entry Teleseminar featuring Community Mediation Maryland s Executive Director Lorig Charkoudian Missed Connections Unfortunately I was unable to attend all the wonderful community mediation related sessions and fortunate attendees high praise only deepens my regret For example I heard plenty of accolades for Steffanie Theresa and Samantha from San Luis Obispo s Creative Mediation for their presentation titled Developing Exceptional Volunteer Mediatiors Implementing a Cohort Learning Model in Community Mediation Training Similar kudos are due Jody Miller and Kristine Paranica for their informative Screening for Domestic Violence presentation These and the many other timely topical and tantalizing sessions at this year s conference are certainly making session choice difficult As I prep for Friday s schedule let me know your must attend session in the comments below and I ll do my best

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  • The Community Mediator: ACR 2011 Annual Conference - Daily Recap #1
    racquet balls oh and also Michele s purse a children s doll a ahem feminine product an otter rat squeak toy and of course scissors A perfect analogy of our professional need to remain focused even as new distracting and sharp projectiles whiz past our ever busy heads NAFCM CONNECTIONS NEWS Following the pre conferences an evening welcome reception brought a steady stream of attendees through the exhibitor s pavilion for an hors d oeuvres fueled meet and greet NAFCM s table was particularly well visited as Board Members Karmit and Jim Lingl and myself struck up conversations with community mediation colleagues hailing from Arizona California Colorado Connecticut Maryland Michigan Minnesota Nevada New York Ohio Pennsylvania Tennessee and Washington as well as our farther flung brethren representing Canada Guam and Ireland amongst other locales NAFCM s new Community Mediator name badge ribbons seem to be a huge hit as dozens of conference goers are already proudly sporting the distinctive gray and maroon strip Our table also featured NAFCM s new special promotion offering 25 OFF all new and renewal memberships now through November 6th as well as our new YOU CommunityMediator org professional email accounts which are available to all current NAFCM members STAY TUNED All told the pre conference day at ACR s Annual Conference was a huge success As tomorrow s first full day of the regular conference sessions unfolds be sure to check back in with The Community Mediator and follow NAFCM on Facebook and Twitter to receive timely wi fi dependent community mediation focused updates In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 11 30 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ACR ACR Community Section Community Mediation Conference Membership The Community Mediator No comments

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  • The Community Mediator: SCMA 2011 Annual Conference
    conference sessions a visionary keynote speaker a time traveling plenary ten engaging panel presentations and an attendee reception round out this year s can t miss Southern California conference Heeding our own endorsement NAFCM is thrilled to be participating in this exciting event We will have Board members on site to greet volunteer mediators and others at our Exhibitor booth during November 5th We invite all those in attendance to stop by and learn more about the rich community mediation field and NAFCM s role as its active convenor and proud voice In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 12 44 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Calendar Community Mediation Conference NAFCM Pepperdine University SCMA Training 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

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