October 24: Self-Reflection – A Necessary Practice (FREE)

Speaker: Mohamed Shehab El Din Time: 7:30-9pm (7-7:30pm – networking) CME: 1.5 General (pending) Cost: FREE Description During the process of resolving a conflict, whether during direct negotiation or mediation, it is possible to lose sight of the real interests. This happens due to distractions by different emotions and psychological elements that affect parties through the process. It can contribute to irrational behavior that might result in an impasse or an imperfect resolution. Mediators are not immune from these distractions. To understand the source of such behavior, it is important to maintain a… Read More

August 29: Dealing with Roadblocks and Impasse: Theory & Practice of Moving Through & Beyond

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Speaker: John Settle Time: 7:30-9pm (7-7:30pm – networking) CME: 1.5 General or Family (approved) Cost: $25 NVMS Members/ $35 General Public   Program Description: This session will explore how mediators look within ourselves when facing hurdles, as well as ways we can enable parties to take a fresh look at what has them stuck.  Come prepared with your stories of what works (and what doesn’t).  Instructor will provide a handout containing 85+ tips and techniques that help with impasse.” Learning Objectives: (1) Tips and techniques on overcoming roadblocks and impasse (2) Learning theories… Read More

June 27: Get It in Writing – Scrivener Skills for Mediators

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Speaker: Ken Rosenbaum Time: 7:30-9pm (7-7:30pm – networking) CME: 1.5 General  Cost: $25 NVMS Members/ $35 General Public Program Description: If you have ever wondered if you could be helping parties write better, clearer agreements, come to the June Monday Night Forum. Discover the pitfalls of “The Curse of Knowledge” and “Uncritical Inference”. Recognize the traps lurking in pronouns and time words. Learn some tips to make you a better scrivener. About the Speaker: Ken Rosenbaum is Virginia-certified mediator. His experience as a scrivener and drafter began with a stint as a… Read More

2016: Mediator Professional Development Groups

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Coming 2016, 7-9pm with Jim Meditz and Jeannette Twomey at the NVMS Training Center CME: 2 General or Family The Mediator Professional Development Group is an opportunity for mediators to gather in a private, supportive setting to explore and discuss pivotal moments in their cases and reflect on the reasons behind the choice of a particular intervention. These highly interactive, facilitated discussions help mediators expand their knowledge of mediator technique and theory.

October 26: Moving Through Conflict

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Speaker: Julia Morelli  Time: 7:00-7:30pm (networking); 7:30pm-9:00pm (program) CME: 1.5 General Cost: $25 NVMS members/ $35 General Public Conflict usually involves getting stuck – often on a position and in our thinking. Disputes cannot be resolved or addressed effectively without change, and change requires movement. The question is, “how can we encourage movement?” You will: Develop an understanding of the impact of conflict on yourself and the parties. Practice mind-body techniques you can use to prepare for mediation and use during the process. Increase your awareness of when and how to introduce change… Read More