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Catherine O'Connell
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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42 Aughrim Street
Dublin , Dublin 7


Description of Practice

Catherine is an accredited mediator, conflict management coach, restorative practitioner and trainer in these three areas. . She lectures in mediation, conflict intervention and restorative practice at the Edward Kennedy Institute of Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. She is assistant programme coordinator there and helps develop the programmes on offer at the Institute. Catherine is a member of Facing Forward a Restorative Justice organisation which offers training and advocates for the increased use of restorative justice and practice in Ireland.

Professional Background

Catherine has a background in Sales, Human Resources Management and Personal Development. She mediates and facilitates conversations and relationship building in Community, Workplace, Family, Adult Family contexts. For the last 14 years Catherine has been working as a mediator, conflict coach, restorative facilitator or a hybrid of all three to allow people to work through difficult situations be they at home, work or in the community. As a restorative practitioner Catherine advocates for the availability of Restorative Justice processes for those who have been impacted by serious crime and harm and who have unmet needs regardless of their involvement with the criminal justice system.


Dispute Resolution Experience Includes Workplace Mediations and Group Interventions in Conflict Situations Separating Couples Mediation and Conflict Intervention Adult Sibling and Family Mediation where there is conflict due to difficulties over the care of a relative, issues around inheritance, or difficulties due to mental health of one or more of the family members. Adult Sibling and Extended Family Mediation and Restorative Practice which have been in conflict and have fragmented relationships. Some of these cases have involved historical sexual abuse and/or mental health issues in one or more members. Working one on one using Conflict Management Coaching to assist people privately or as part of a larger process that may be mediation, restorative circle or group facilitation.


Qualifications include Diploma in H.R. Management 1981 B.Sc., Psychology 2000 M.A. Mediation and Conflict Intervention 2006


My approach is non-directive and I follow the belief of the ICF that generally people are creative, resourceful and whole and that given space and time to work out what is happening that they will be able to figure out the best way forward for themselves. Therefore I do usually work one on one with parties before they come together. I am a keen advocate of reflective practice and am a member of three learning and sharing groups where we avail of 'group supervision'. I use a hybrid of approaches but generally find the conflicts that I am asked to intervene is have a large relational component. I work with clients who may have become disconnected from themselves as well as from others on connecting back in with themselves in a real way. From this space it is easier to approach conflict situations.


Fees are in keeping with those of the service and my peers and are open to negotiation.

Other Information

Area of pracice is Ireland. i have travelled to United Kingdom to offer training in CINERGY™ Conflict Management Coaching

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Art
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • General
  • Parent-Teen
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • School/Education
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Staff Developer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator


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