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Jody Sin

Enlisting the Involvement of Organizational Ombuds to Resolve Workplace Conflicts at Public Schools in Hong Kong

(5/08/19)Jody Sin

This article advocates the establishment of organizational ombuds by the Education and Development Bureau in Hong Kong to complement its current system to resolve workplace conflicts at public schools.

Amy Sereday

Disability, Conflict, and Adaptive Thinking

(1/22/19)Amy Sereday

As a conflict resolution practitioner, one of my goals is to change the way people see conflict.

Leyla Balakhane

Creating Effective Parenting Plans

(1/22/19)Leyla Balakhane

This article discusses working with your children’s developmental needs when creating a parenting plan.

Thomas Nares

Why Divorce Mediation Makes Sense

(1/22/19)Thomas Nares

During my more than 30 years of practicing law, I have found that the great majority of divorcing couples are unaware of their options.

Jenna Adams

5 Prudent Ways to Talk to Kids About Your Divorce

(1/11/19)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.

Katherine Graham

The £1 Million Investigation

(1/03/19)Katherine Graham

A lack of attention to investigating an accusation of assault has cost King’s College NHS Foundation Trust a reported £1 million payout.

Phyllis Pollack

Ethical Fading

(10/19/18)Phyllis Pollack

Typically, before I discuss the topic of mediation ethics with my students, I delve into the topic of “negotiation ethics” in general.

John Lande

Reality-Testing Questions for Real Life and Simulations – and Ideas for Stone Soup Assignments

(9/28/18)John Lande

Litigation offers many potential benefits. It can help people solve difficult problems, make relationships and institutions function properly, and promote justice.

John Wade

Evaluative Mediation---Curriculum modules

(8/24/18)John Wade

This article discusses topics that often come up in Evaluative Mediation trainings: A selected number can be included in a course on evaluative mediation, and exercises used to assist “learning” of those topics.

John Lande

A Case Study of Murphy’s Law in Missouri

(8/10/18)John Lande

Having lived through the painful U of Missouri conflict, Ben’s account seems extremely accurate – and brings up a lot of sad memories for me, reminding me of things I wrote at the time.

Leonard Edwards

Mediation in Juvenile Dependency Court: Multiple Perspectives - Part 2

(8/03/18)Leonard Edwards

This article discusses what has been learned over the last few decades about Mediation in Juvenile Dependency Court.

Leonard Edwards

Mediation in Juvenile Dependency Court: Multiple Perspectives

(7/27/18)Leonard Edwards

Since 1992, the Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency Court has utilized confidential mediation as an integral part of the court process. After hundreds of mediation sessions, we believe it is time for the various participants in the dependency system to reflect on their perspectives on mediation, its strengths, weaknesses, and its future in our court system.

Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

When Teachers, Parents, and Students are Victims of Stockholm Syndrome

(7/13/18)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Teachers need the support of parents and the community in the districts in which they teach.

Tracee McCole

Adult Kids of Divorcees Should Be Spared from the Drama

(5/17/18)Tracee McCole

Many parents do not know how to help their adult children deal with divorce.

John Ford

How Teams Can Work Together Despite Opposing Views

(4/27/18)John Ford

While most of us forge friendships with like-minded people who affirm our strongly held beliefs, we don’t choose our colleagues.

Lee Drizin

3 Reasons Why You Want to Mediate Guardianship Disputes

(4/27/18)Lee Drizin

Settling the issue of who should take legal guardianship over a ward can be a long, drawn out, and tedious process.

Judith Weigle

Listen to Your Heart, Not Your Friends & Family

(4/27/18)Judith Weigle

The divorce settlement will always reflect the tone of the marriage when done out of court in a mediation or through opposing attorneys as the voice of the parties, even more than the law.

Jennifer Smith Schneider

Amplifying Ombuds Trends with Data

(4/20/18)Jennifer Smith Schneider

How does an ombuds define a trend, and how can one know if the issue is truly pervasive or of consequence?

Kamela Laird

Why Are You And Your Sibling Fighting Over Your Parent's House?

(4/12/18)Kamela Laird

In this model, the lawyer-mental health professional duo creates a safe container for you and your sibling to communicate authentically about what really matters to you.

Alexia Georgakopoulos

Tragedy, STAND UP Movement, and You

(4/10/18)Alexia Georgakopoulos

In the aftermath of the Parkland crisis, the surrounding community and mediators/peacebuilders have been called to assist in efforts with the Crime Commission, law enforcement and even SWAT to work in the area of youth violence prevention.

Donald T. Saposnek

Splitting America Redux: Implications for Keeping our Kids Safe

(3/16/18)Donald T. Saposnek

After 911, our lives changed seemingly forever. No longer a safe, secure, innocent society, Americans have come to a tipping point.

Denisha Shah

Healing Effects of Mediation on Kids to Achieve and Spread Infinite Positive Outcomes

(3/16/18)Denisha Shah

The article is sums up the infinite reasons/ outcomes that the healing effects of mediation can bring to kids in our society.

Judy Rashid

Teaching Social Justice on Campus for Self Awareness, Community Sustainability, and Systems Change

(3/02/18)Judy Rashid

This article addresses the relevance of teaching social justice on campus - in the classroom and in student affairs - and the challenge of maintaining a balanced and reasoned approach.

John Lande

Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-) Social Media

(3/02/18)John Lande

Recent events show that our social problems are exacerbated by a wide variety of anti-social media behaviors.

Clare Fowler

Norwegian Legislature to Consider Mandating Student Ombuds for All Universities

(3/01/18)Clare Fowler

A committee of the Storting (Norway's supreme legislature) has approved a proposal to mandate Studentombud for all universities in the country. At present, ten universities provide Student Ombuds programs, which serve about two-thirds of all university students. 

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