Community of Practice

Learning doesn’t stop with a training or even after years of experience. At NVMS Conflict Resolution Center we have a long-standing tradition of bringing together people who are using conflict resolution in their lives and their work so they can learn from one another, expand their network, and complete recertification requirements. 

The Community of Practice offers:

  • A safe, respectful, and positive environment to exchange ideas and problem-solve the challenges encountered in conflict resolution practice.
  • An opportunity to develop a network of peers and experts in the field who can serve as a resource.
  • A forum to explore and share best practices, models, tools, and theories that enhance subject matter knowledge and practical approaches.
  • Challenge sessions on fundamental and advanced topics.

Upcoming Program Topics

October 21 – Help, I’m Stuck! Managing Difficult Situations in Family Mediation
CME: 2 (pending)

Family Mediation cases often present complex scenarios with emotional layers and power dynamics, making it common for parties to hit temporary walls. As mediators, we have ethical obligations to keep in mind as we incorporate strategies to get parties “unstuck”.

Join Brian Hirsch and Christine Hissong for an engaging discussion as we consider the sections of the Virginia Code and Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Certified Mediators that are relevant when navigating difficult family and interpersonal cases. You will also become equipped with useful strategies to use in future mediation sessions, and have the opportunity to take them for a test drive in the second half of the workshop. 

*Registration limited to 15 participants.

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