Center for Conflict Resolution


Facilitation Articles

Facilitation Articles


Educating the Next Generation in Resolving Social Media Disputes

(6/10/19)Gregg Relyea, Joshua N. Weiss

Educating the next generation about conflict resolution skills--early in life--is essential on many levels.

Hold Your Grudges!

(6/06/19)Joy Rosenthal

Are grudges useful in negotiation?

Appearance and Reality in Mediation

(6/06/19)Arthur Rosenbloom

I argue that mediators are well advised to be mindful of the distinction between appearance and reality.

Should I Get a Divorce? A Mediator’s Approach

(6/06/19)Stuart Watson

When one or both people in a marriage or long-term committed relationship are struggling with the question “Should I get a Divorce?”, Family Mediation can be an ideal process for the couple to have some difficult discussions and make a fully informed decision about next steps in their relationship.

Mediating My Own Disputes

(5/31/19)Phyllis Pollack

There is an adage that a person who is her own lawyer, has a fool for a client, meaning that representing yourself is a foolish.

How Meditation Can Help During Mediation

(5/31/19)Sylvia Smith

If you're going through a divorce or a rough business settlement, it's safe to say your life has been stressful lately.

Referring Church Conflict to Mediation

(5/30/19)Wayne Plenert

This article outlines what uninvolved church leaders could do: encourage mediation in churches.

Harvard Shares Five Tips for an Experienced Mediator

(5/30/19)Samuel Dinnar

Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Samuel Dinnar shares his recommendations

Expanding Access to Remedies Through E-Court Initiatives

(5/23/19)Beth Graham

Amy J. Schmitz, Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law, has published a timely article titled “Expanding Access to Remedies Through E-Court Initiatives.”

Self-Determination: How Mediator's Goals Put it in Jeopardy

(5/23/19)Tessa Tompkins Byer

In this article, I discuss a recent case in Summary Process court where I prioritized settling the case; as a result, I retrospectively wonder if my reactions to the party undermined her self-determination.

The “ABC Test” is Retroactive!

(5/18/19)Phyllis Pollack

In 2018, the California Supreme Court drastically changed the employment law landscape in California by adopting the “ABC Test” for determining whether workers are employees ( and not independent contractors) under California wage order laws.

My Favorite Resource Featuring Robyn Weinstein

(5/18/19)Nicole Wilmet

This month, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet spoke with Robyn Weinstein, ADR Administrator at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, to learn about her favorite resource.

Co-Mediation Can Bring Harmony to a Complex Case

(5/18/19)Andrew Nadolna

When you have a complex, multi-disciplinary problem, should you hire one expert in one aspect of the problem and then hope that that person can manage all the other aspects?

The Psychology of Conflict and the Art of Compassion

(5/17/19)Debra Dupree

This article is designed to shift how we manage people in emotionally intense situations.

Effectively Managing Communications With Employees Generally--And In Workplace Investigations

(5/17/19)Gregg Relyea

Imagine this: As you are conducting an internal investigation of an employee complaint, you get the distinct impression that your conversation with the employee is not going well.

The Decision to Divorce: A Mediator’s Role

(5/17/19)Stuart Watson

While mediation is well-known as a successful and affordable method for couples to negotiate and settle a divorce or separation, mediation can also be an effective process for helping a couple make the decision to divorce.

Start With a Small Yes

(5/10/19)Tammy Lenski

The outset of a difficult conversation often feels like a back-and-forth trading of position and perspective with little common ground. Here’s how to use the psychology of agreement to begin shifting that kind of positional debate to collaborative problem solving.

Three Common Ways Conflict Shows Up in Organizations

(5/10/19)Lorraine Segal

Conflict in businesses and organizations can show up in at least three different ways.

8 Things To Consider When Communicating With Your Ex

(5/10/19)Leyla Balakhane

Divorce taints the line of communication between couples, as the multitude of emotions circulating between them makes it toughto remain civil.

The Downside of DIY Divorce

(5/10/19)Denise French

With the increasing popularity of Pinterest, the concept of “do-it-yourself” or “DIY” projects have become enticing for many.

The Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution by Michael D. Lang--Book Review

(5/09/19)David Hubbard

This is a book review of "The Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution" by Michael Lang. By exposing the reader to various models, methods, examples, and by exploring the enriching benefits of reflective practice, Lang’s guide will help any practitioner further their development and effectiveness.

Interview with John Lande: The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

(5/06/19)John Lande

This is an interview with John Lande, a leading academic in the fields of law and mediation, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

The Need to Be Right

(5/03/19)Cinnie Noble

One of the many attitudes to conflict that derails interpersonal conflicts (and most conflicts, really) is a need to be right

Have We Lost the Ability to be Curious?

(5/03/19)Arran Heal

Adrian Chiles in The Guardian recently made the point that “on all media, mainstream and social…nobody wants to know stuff; they just want to tell you what they already know, or how wrong you are about what you think you know.”

The Linctus of Choosing a Mediator - Part 2

(5/03/19)Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu

Mediation is now the toast of the day in America, Canada, Australia, the UK and many parts of the European Union. The developing economies of the world are now exploring this medium of dispute resolution.

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