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This Week in Mediation #662

January 18, 2017
Celebrating Our 22nd Year Membership information
In This Issue:
Borderlines: Neutrality on the Edges of Mediation • The Role of Ombudsmen and The Recurring Ethical Crisis in the American Financial Services Industry • Divorce Mediation In Ohio • Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs
Borderlines: Neutrality on the Edges of Mediation 
by Richard Barbieri
Mediators have Four Noble Truths, recited to each new set of parties we work with: “This process is Voluntary and Self-Determined; we are Neutral, and everything said here is Confidential.”

The Role of Ombudsmen and The Recurring Ethical Crisis in the American Financial Services Industry 
by Alia Ismail
When recurring ethical crisis in the financial services industry arise, it’s essential to give voice to employees on the lower end of hierarchies in organizational institutions.

Interview with Homer LaRue
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Homer LaRue filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

2017 IDFA National Conference, May 3–5, 2017 in Orlando
Join the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts in Orlando for the 2017 IDFA National Conference, May 3–5, 2017!  This conference brings together family lawyers, financial planners, and divorce professionals for networking and continuing education. Experts from the forefront of the industry will discuss innovative strategies, practical expertise, and real-world case studies. This event features a keynote address from Michael Kitces of XY Planning Network and sessions on key topics such as gray divorce, building a divorce practice, and perspectives from a family law judge. It’s a can’t-miss event for anyone working in divorce. For more information, visit

Divorce Mediation In Ohio 
by Eric Laubacher
This article discusses options for reaching equitable solutions before divorce.

Featured Mediation Blogs

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APFM 2017 Annual Conference: Professional Family Mediation from A to Z
Join the Academy of Professional Family Mediators for our annual conference in Memphis, TN March 30 – April 2. Pre-conference and Conference registration is open online. Early bird registration ends February 1.  You can find a list of all workshops, plenary sessions, and social events on the APFM website. We look forward to having you at this year’s conference and enjoying all that Memphis has to offer, including a visit to the civil rights museum, BBQ & more! Full information is here. Certification Program
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Jobs (for Premium Members) Post New Job Listings

  • Employee and Labor Relations Senior Manager
  • Director of Employee Relations - FL
  • Student Conduct Officer - MN
  • Manager of Employee Relations - MI
  • Regional Coordinator - CA
  • Ombudsman - DC
  • EEO Officer - NY
  • Issue Resolution Facilitator - OR
  • Ombudsman Mediator - CA
  • Magistrate - NC
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Online Mediation CLE - CEU 
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March 2017 Mediation Trainings with Steven Rosenberg

  • March 1-10: 40-hour Mediation Training in San Rafael, CA
    A dynamic interactive, 40 hour professional training program utilizing simulations, coaching, lectures and demonstrations. March 1-3 & 8-10, 2017.
  • March 23-24 - Advanced Mediation Training in San Rafael, CA
    A two-day, limited enrollment advanced mediation training. This interactive training is designed for those who would like to improve their established mediation skills.
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Training & Conference Calendar

  • January 20-21 - San Rafael, CA - Complex Issues in Child Custory Evaluations
  • January 24-26 - Round Rock, TX - Advanced Family Mediation Class
  • January 26 - February 3 - Medford, OR - Restorative Justice Facilitator Training
  • January 27 - February 5 - Los Angeles- Looking for a new approach to family law?
  • January 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Grow Your Mediation Practice Now! with Lee Jay Berman
  • February 4-12 - San Francisco, CA - The Basics of Mediation - 40 hours
  • February 6-10 - Macon, GA - General Civil Mediation Training & Practicum
  • February 8-9 - Austin, TX - 20-hour Child Protective Services Mediation Training
  • February 9-25 - Irvine, CA - Mediating the Litigated Case
  • February 9 - Newport Beach, CA - Detox Your Life from High Conflict People
  • February 13-16 - Austin, TX - Basic Mediation Class
  • February 15-17 - Toronto, CAN - Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • February 16-19 - San Antonio, TX - 40-hour Basic Mediation Course
  • February 21 - Austin, TX - Basic Arbitration Training Course
  • February 22-23 - Austin, TX - Elder Care Mediation Class
  • February 23-26 - San Diego, CA - Looking for a new approach to family law
  • February 25-28 - Austin, TX - 8 Hour Communicating Success/Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Training
  • February 27-March 3 - Macon, GA - Domestic & Family Mediation Training
  • February 28-March 1 - Berkeley, CA - Negotiating Effective Environmental Agreements
  • March 1-10 - San Rafael, CA - 40-hour Mediation Training with Steven Rosenberg
  • March 1-10 - Medford, OR - Fundamentals of Mediation Training
  • March 2 - April 6 - Online - Spring 2017 CINERGY Conflict Management Coaching Virtual Training
  • March 3-12 - Santa Fe, NM - 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
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