Nina Meierding has been a full-time mediator and trainer for almost thirty years and has handled over 4,000 disputes in her practice. An adjunct professor at Pepperdine University’s Institute for Dispute Resolution and Southern Methodist’s Masters Program in Dispute Resolution, Nina also teaches at many other academic institutions. She has been an instructor at both the National Judicial College and the California Judicial College. She has provided training throughout the world to court systems, corporations, governmental institutions and individuals in negotiation, mediation, culture and gender issues, including England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and India.
Nina is the former president of the Academy of Family Mediators and served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Conflict Resolution. She has received numerous awards for her work in the conflict resolution field, including the John Hayne’s Distinguished Mediator Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution. She is the author of the chapter “Managing the Communication Process in Mediation” in Folberg, Milne and Salem’s compendium Divorce and Family Mediation.
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Interview with Nina Meierding
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Nina Meierding filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Get Back To Our Roots With Early Intervention, Participant Centered Mediation
"Early intervention, participant-centered mediation creates many advantages for the mediation field itself. Mediation in the United States could return to its roots with a much broader pool of mediators, with more diverse backgrounds and skills, who could be utilized to solve disputes. (When conflicts are seen solely as a legal case, attorneys tend to hire “attorney mediators” in the mistaken assumption that having a legal degree makes a person a better mediator.) Early intervention, participant-driven mediation is used widely in many other countries, who look a bit askance at our trend in the United States." See Nina's article here.
Looking to the Future: Is There Still A Place For Proactive, Early Intervention Mediation in Our Changing Field?
In the author's experience as a mediator in over 4,000 cases and in almost thirty years of working with advocates, consulting attorneys, and collaborative lawyers, she believes that all forms of mediation are valuable processes which each have their place in helping parties move forward in their conflicts. She takes no position on the "best" process, only that self-determination remains the ultimate goal of any form of mediation. She is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.
Pioneer Series: 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.
Pioneer Series: 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.
Nina Meierding: Culture and Gender Trailer - Video
Internationally prominent trainer Nina Meierding shares with her class how to be culturally sensitive during mediation with non-verbal cues.
From Nina Meierding
Happy 500th Issue! I have been an avid supporter of mediate.com for well over a decade. It is where I have chosen to have my website and it is where I encourage other mediators to have their websites. It is where cutting edge articles are written by some of the brightest minds in our field. It is where mediators can go to get up-to-date information on what is happening, not only in the field of mediation but the entire field of conflict resolution. It is where you can keep track of your colleagues, read blogs about conflict resolution, search for multiple resources through the mediate.com "marketplace," find options for top-quality trainings, get a referral for a mediator and much, much more. What's not to love? Congratulations to Jim Melamed and his team for continuing to provide a great service to our field!
Culture & Gender Issues in Negotiation & Mediation (video)
This is a video sample from Nina Meierding's seven-hour online course on Culture & Gender Issues in Negotiation & Mediation. Go to Mediate.com University to review this couse and other continuing education opportunities.
From Nina Meierding
I have always listed my website with mediate.com and have appreciated not only the wide ranging audience that mediate.com brings in, but the technical support and maintenance of the site. I encourage all my students and training participants to have their websites on mediate.com. In addition, mediate.com is a wonderful resource for articles, trainings and an up-to-date calendar of events.
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.
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.
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.
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.