Professional Details

Catherine O'Connell
Associate Mediator

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42 Aughrim Street
Stoneybatter
Dublin , Dublin 7
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0035318380702

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Description of Practice

Catherine is an accredited mediator, conflict management coach, restorative practitioner and offers training in these fields also. 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 over 20 years working in the field of Sales Management and Human Resources Management. She coordinated a delivery programme for an organisation involved in the production and distribution of quality frozen foods. She worked with adults and young people on personal development programmes and spent some time working with adults coping with addiction on raising self esteem and personal development. For the last 13 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.

Experience

Dispute Resolution 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 which have been in conflict due to historical abuse of a family member. 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.

Degrees

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

Approach

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

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 (1 mediated)
  • Art
  • Business (5 mediated)
  • Community (3 mediated)
  • Elder (1 mediated)
  • Family (1 mediated)
  • Workplace (10 mediated)

Professional Services

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

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