Kristine Paranica

Kristine Paranica

Kristine Paranica, J.D., Director of the UND Conflict Resolution Center , provides mediation, facilitation and training for CRC clients. She also serves as Adjunct Professor of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution at UND. She is an Associate Member of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), and also serves on the ND Joint Committee on ADR. Kristine previously served as a District Court Staff Attorney where she helped to establish and oversee the district's mediation program and served as a Judicial Referee, and has worked as an Assistant State 's Attorney for Burleigh County .

She has published works at and the North Dakota Law Review and has presented nationally at the International Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution in Toronto in 2001, the Family Section Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution in Savannah, Georgia in 2002, the National Conference for ACR in Orlando, Florida in 2003, and the first ever National Conference on Transformative Mediation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Articles and Video:

Lessons Learned of Mediation in Indian Country: Exploring and comparing transformative mediation process and theory and American Indian values and processes (06/26/06)
It is difficult to know where to start in this short discourse. However, the beginning for me, as a transformative mediator, is with the worldview. American Indian people hold a relational worldview. Their spirituality, in most forms, identifies a strong connection to other human beings, or at least to all tribal members or Indians, and the life force of the earth.

Training Emotional Intelligence For Conflict Resolution Practitioners (07/15/02)
This brief article explores our need to have certain competencies outside of our content knowledge and I.Q. in order to successfully manage and resolve conflict. As trainers, mediators, and people who experience daily conflict, we hope to develop skills that will help us manage our conflicts proactively and with better results. Achieving this goal requires self-exploration of our needs, values, assumptions, and behaviors. This process of discovery and self-reflection, of recognizing our emotional triggers or "hot spots," our responses to conflict, and our developing emotional intelligence can take us down the path to success as trainers, mediators, facilitators, and as human beings.

What About Mediators’ Needs?!! (02/04/02)
This article will explore the need for mediators to become more self-aware in order to mediate successfully. We believe that mediators need a certain detached yet compassionate strength of self that can only be derived through self-exploration of our own needs, values, and assumptions. Uncovering and reflecting over these ideas, as well as our triggers or “hot spots”, our own response to conflict, and our developing emotional intelligence takes us down the path to success as professional mediators and facilitators, and perhaps as human beings.

Training Orientation and Conflict Theory: Transforming Our Understanding of Conflict (06/12/01)
Based on “The Promise of Mediation” by Folger and Bush, and “Preparing For Peace” by Ledarach, this brief article will explore the symbiotic relationship between training and conflict management theory. In other words, the way you train can affect the learning outcomes of the participants. If training conflict theory requires adoption of a new set of beliefs and the giving up of current beliefs, is it realistic to believe that adult learners have the capacity or desire to do so? Training and education for adults should respect their need to make choices about the integration of new information with their own life experiences.