After serving for seven years as writer for former Governor Richard F. Celeste, Lynne trained as a mediator, working in the United States and Canada. In Canada she pioneered mediation coaching program for males with a history of violence during her tenure as representative of the Queen’s Court in London, Ontario.
As Director of Sections at the Association for Conflict Resolution in Washington DC, she established ACR’s Crisis Intervention Section, a forum where state, federal and local law enforcement from around the world could share strategies, research, and best practices with professional lay mediators and crisis interveners. A core part of this was the Crisis Intervention News, featuring in-depth explorations of the field with the major hostage negotiators in North America and the U.K.
She currently serves as program director for the Women’s Center of Huntington, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to serve all women with workshops, support groups and leadership training programs. (www.womenscenterofhuntington.org)
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Articles and Video:
Stop Avoiding Conflict: Learn to Address Disputes Before They Erupt - Book Review
Stop Avoiding Conflict: Learn to Address Disputes Before They Erupt, Pattie Porter's new Minibuk, expands the conflict territory by focusing on the sabotaging effect of conflict avoidance.
In This Corner: The Antisocial Personality Disorder (It’s all about me!) Hostage-taker
A few years ago, police in New England cornered a young man, who, after a long hot pursuit from an aborted bank robbery in Vermont entered a residence in Massachusetts, and took a deputy sheriff and his children hostage in their home. This individual, who said he had to rob the bank because his parole agent was demanding he repay the car loan that he lost gambling, met his father for the first time when they were in the same state prison. During protracted negotiations, he rationalized his situation and blamed others for his troubles.
For Mediators and Arbitrators - In This Corner: Behavioral Change Stairway Model
What is destroyed most in high tension situations is trust, and without trust, things will break down very quickly. When they do, they are replaced by increased anxiety and confusion, destroying the participants’ ability to make good, long-term decisions. It is the negotiator’s presence that keeps the trust intact.