Stephen Kotev

Stephen Kotev

Helping people resolve problems and improve their performance under stressful circumstances is Stephen Kotev’s passion and profession. With a Masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Stephen has substantial experience in mediation, negotiation, facilitation, conflict coaching, conflict management and somatic education. His professional experience spans state and federal government agencies and two premier conflict resolution membership associations. Stephen has also become a national expert on how you can improve your performance by better managing the stress of conflict situations. He has taught hundreds the somatic skills they needed to remain calm in stressful conflict situations as an adjunct faculty member of the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and through seminars that he has presented at conferences nationwide.

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Articles and Video:

Stephen Kotev Interview - The Future of Mediation and The Importance of Safety (11/07/19)
This is an interview with Stephen Kotev by Clare Fowler discussing strategies for safety in mediation.

ACR Taskforce on Safety: Recommended Guidelines -- Part 1 in Series (11/07/19)
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Taskforce on Safety in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has drafted the ADR Safety Planning to promote the safety of practitioners and participants in ADR processes. This is part 1 in the series--discussing the ideology and process approach of the Taskforce.

Conflict Chat: Challenges In Working In A Gig Economy - Audio (09/29/17)
Got Conflict? Are you a worker taking on short projects or “gigs?”

Reflections on the Phoenix Post-Mediation Shooting – Part Two (02/08/13)
As a mediator, I am regularly frustrated and disappointed by the lack of knowledge the public has about my profession. Mediation is constantly confused with arbitration. These are two drastically different processes! The media coverage of this tragedy makes the confusion clear.