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JANUARY 2019

Featured Articles 

5 Prudent Ways to Talk to Kids About Your Divorce
by Jenna Adams
When children are involved in a divorce, you have to deal with not just your own emotions, but also theirs. Here are some tips for these conversations.

7 Easy Tips for Better Communication
by Amy Sereday
How many times have you left a conversation with a loved one feeling frustrated; like they didn’t listen to a single thing you said?

Eyes Wide Shut
by Laura Tarcea
As established mediators, we have a responsibility to constantly both reflect upon, and critically assess the existing state of mediation training. Not in an effort to discredit but rather, to inform ourselves and others with a view to always seeking to improve it.

How Mediation Can Improve Your Workplace Morale
by Martina Sanchez
Conflict in the workplace can be a damaging and destructive force, which can escalate very quickly.

Beyond Solutions
by Peter Adler
Mediation, like other forums where leadership is called for, can be a hard business, not for the faint of heart. On the other hand, every once in a great while, something magical, unplanned, and unexpected happens and the room is suddenly filled with hope and light.

This Mediation Failed. Or, Did It?
by Nancy Shuger
This article poses the question of how to evaluate success and failure of mediation.

Mediation in the News

14 ways to make your divorce as painless as possible, according to a therapist
Between 40 and 50% of married partners in the United States end up divorcing. Though there's no easy way to end a marriage, there are some things that can help make splitting up less terrible.

How Mediation Can Help Your Business Avoid Going to Court
When a dispute arises it can be difficult knowing how best to resolve the problem with the minimum of disruption, time and expense.

Mediator to handle Oregon Legislature civil rights complaint
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says it will pursue mediation over a civil rights complaint against the state Legislature, whose leaders were accused of allowing harassment to persist.

Matrimonial mediation pilot program starts in Brooklyn
Brooklyn is now one of three locations in the state that will begin a presumptive matrimonial mediation pilot program in which couples seeking to get a divorce will go through a mediation session before going to court.

Online dispute resolution program begins in CT
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - It is the beginning of a new way to settle contract disputes without going to court. It's called online dispute resolution.

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Featured Blog Posts

Civil Discourse: The Means or the End?
by Jessica Baen 

The Ripple Effect of Good Conflict Skills
by Lorraine Segal

4 Handy Principles for Deciding When You Can’t Agree
by Tammy Lenski

Where To, #MeToo?
by Beth Graham

Mediation Certification: The Sparrow and the Peacock
by Bruce Edwards

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Better bend than break.

If you're not confused you may not be thinking clearly.

As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to live it more and more.

Prayer of the modern American: "Dear God, I pray for patience. And I want it right now."

There may be no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of a person to elevate their life by conscious endeavor.

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