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This Week in Mediation #779

May 22, 2019
Celebrating Our 24th Year Membership information
In This Issue:
The Psychology of Conflict and the Art of Compassion • The Decision to Divorce: A Mediator’s Role • Effectively Managing Communications With Employees Generally--And In Workplace Investigations • National Mediation Policy Act Endorsed by APFM, NAFCM, ACR, MBB • Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs
The Psychology of Conflict and the Art of Compassion (5/17/19)
by Debra Dupree
This article is designed to shift how we manage people in emotionally intense situations.

The Decision to Divorce: A Mediator’s Role (5/17/19)
by 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.

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Effectively Managing Communications With Employees Generally - And In Workplace Investigations (5/17/19)
by 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.

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National Mediation Policy Act Endorsed by APFM, NAFCM, ACR, MBB
by Jim Melamed (5/17/2019)
The Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) , Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB) are now Sponsors of the National Mediation Policy Act!  Join's efforts to set America on a better path at

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Jobs (for Premium Members) Post New Job Listings

  • Prisoner Re-entry Mediation Specialist - MD
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  • Ombuds and Mediation Intern - NY
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Training & Conference Calendar

  • May 29-June 1 - Toronto ON Canada - AFCC 56th Annual Conference 
  • May 30-31- Alicante Spain - IP Mediation Conference
  • May 31 - Fort Lauderdale FL - 8hr Advanced Mediation Training (9 hrs CLE/8hrCME)
  • June 1-9 - San Francisco CA - The Basics of Mediation
  • June 3 - Austin Area TX 10 Hour Arbitration Training
  • June 4-5 - Austin Area TX - 20 Hour Child Protective Services Mediation Training
  • June 5-7 - New York NY - Advanced Commercial Mediation Training (3 Days Mandatory)
  • June 10-12 - Atlanta GA - Juvenile Dependency Mediation
  • June 11 - Fairfax VA - Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Beyond Mediation
  • June 12-14 - Houston TX - Advanced Mediation: Family-Divorce-Child Custody Training
  • June 13 - Houston TX - Domestic Violence for Advance Family Training required by TX legislation 
  • June 17-21 - Atlanta GA - 40 Hour Basic Mediation Skills Course
  • June 17-21 - Oshkosh WI - 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • June 18-19 - Fairfax VA - Restorative Justice
  • June 18-19 - Malibu CA - Appreciating our Legacy and Engaging the Future: An International Conference for Dispute Resolution Teachers, Scholars, and Leaders
  • June 19-21 - Greenbelt MD - 2019 Annual Conference
  • June 20-23 - San Antonio TX - Basic Mediation 4 day Course
  • June 20 - Roanoke VA - Practical Conflict Resolution*
  • June 20-22 - Malibu CA - 32nd Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Malibu
  • June 20 - Roanoke VA - Deep Listening Skills
  • June 20-21- Dallas TX - Parent Coordinator/Parent Facilitator Training (16 hours)
  • June 20 - New York NY - Selected Ethics Issues in Mediation & Settlement Negotiations 
  • June 21 - Tampa FL - 8 hour CME/9hour CLE Advanced Training
  • June 22-30 - Berkeley CA - Ron's Mediation Training at Berkeley
  • June 24-26 - San Antonio TX - Advanced Mediation 3 Day Course
  • June 24-26 - Los Angeles CA - DRPA Basic Mediation Skills Training
  • June 27-28 - Atlanta GA - Domestic Relations Practicum (2 days)
  • June 27-29 - Fairfax VA - Family Mediation Skills
  • July 9 - Fairfax VA - Domestic Violence Assessment
  • July 10-13 - Atlanta GA - Juvenile Dependency Mediation
  • July 11-16 - Vienna AUT - International Dispute Professional Academy
  • July 12-20 - Fairfax VA - Mediation Skills and Process (basic mediation training) 
  • July 15-19 - Macon GA - Civil Mediation Training & Practicum
  • July 15-19 - Austin Area TX - 40 Basic Mediation Training
  • July 18 - Roanoke VA - Managing Difficult Conversations
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