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Interview with Nina Meierding
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Nina Meierding, Family Mediator, Culture and Gender Mediation Trainer, and adjunct professor of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm" Series 4 Comments
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Nina Meierding: Wrong Words Used in Mediation Trainings - Video
Nina Meierding discusses her training early on and how she rejected the terms 'never' and 'always'. These terms don't allow for flexibility and understanding of human behavior and she believes some trainings are still using these terms.
Nina Meierding: Cultural Sensitivity while Training - Video
Nina Meierding discusses her approach to mediation training in other countries. This involves being culturally sensitive, not imposing the Western model as it may not be useful for other cultures and their ways of problem-solving.
Nina Meierding: Gender and Culture in Mediation - Video
Nina Meierding explains putting theory to practice regarding studies of gender and culture in mediation. She describes being sensitive and respectful of diverse thought processes and communication methods.
Mediation: Staying Culturally Relevant In A Multicultural World
Many mediators have been trained solely in a Western-style model of mediation with Western-style tools in their “toolboxes.” Even the theoretical constructs of ADR often reflect a Western model that is not always respectful of culturally diverse concepts. While using Western techniques does not inherently mean that the interventions will not be successful, it does mean that they are less culturally sensitive. Internationally, it may also be seen as the United States bringing its process to another country that already has had its own conflict resolution processes in place for generations. 8 Comments
Preview: "Cultural & Gender Issues in Negotiation & Mediation" DVD Course
This is a preview of "Cultural & Gender Issues in Negotiation & Mediation" with Nina Meierding. Full information and ordering are available at www.mediate.com/Culture
Meierding, Nina: Future of Mediation and Personal Fulfillment - Video
Nina Meierding describes the future of mediation as continuing with much debate and outside influences, but sees the principles and theories expanding throughout society. She also talks about the personal fulfullment she gets from helping others create an agreement.
Meierding, Nina: Facilitating Conflict and Different Communication Styles of Parties - Video
Nina Meierding describes different communication styles of parties. If the parties are comfortable with yelling or swearing at each other, she will facilitate and provide a safe environment for them to do that.
Meierding, Nina: Concern: Increasing Legalization of Mediation - Video
Nina Meierding discusses her concern of mediation being too closely tied in to the legal process. This tie, being a practice of law, limits mediation and also gives the wrong message to the public.
Nina Meierding: Starting Out: Interest in Mediation - Video
Nina Meierding talks about what got her excited about mediation when she first started in the field around 1985. She saw it as a method of turning conflict into a constructive process, helping people to express themselves in healthy ways in a safe place.
Meierding, Nina: Mediators Biases - Video
Nina Meierding discusses the evolving state of bias in mediating. She emphasizes the importance of the mediator being aware of his/her own biases and gives examples of her own biases in divorce cases.
Meierding, Nina: Differences in Mediation Styles - Video
Nina Meierding explains a few different styles of mediation including transformative, facilitative, and evaluative. She mostly practices facilitative, but believes every mediator is at least subtly evaluative in their method.
Meierding, Nina: Term 'Neutral' Invites Challenge - Video
Nina Meierding explains why the word neutral, in describing the mediator's role, invites challenge and debate.
Meierding, Nina: Influential Experts - Video
Nina Meierding describes different expert mediators that have influenced her in different fields within mediation including custody disputes, domestic violence, and who has challenged her and made her rethink ideas.
Nina Meierding: Culture and Gender Trailer - Video
Nina Meierding shares with her class how to be culturally sensitive with non-verbal cues.
Negotiating Like a Woman - How Gender Impacts Communication between the Sexes
Anyone who has ever been married will admit that men and women argue differently. It should be no surprise to learn that women and men negotiate and communicate differently as well. After many years of practicing law and serving as mediators, the authors believe that there are certain ways than men communicate that are distinct from “a woman’s voice.” Mediators and representatives can utilize their knowledge of gender communication to foster better resolutions between parties. 5 Comments