SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2014

Virginia Crossings Resort and Conference Center
Glen Allen, Virginia

2014 Fall Conference

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Virginia Mediation Network

2014 Fall Conference

September 27-28, 2014

Virginia Crossings Resort and Conference Center
Glen Allen, Virginia


Fall Conference – Call for Speakers


The Virginia Mediation Network is hosting the annual Fall Training Conference on September 27-28, 2014. The conference will be held at Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, in the Glen Allen, Virginia area. We are looking for presentations that would be of interest to our members.


We are in need of an Ethic’s presentation (2 hours in length) and Concurrent workshops (1.5 hours in length) which will be scheduled for either September 27 or 28. Because we are a small non-profit organization we are not able to offer speaker honorariums or travel costs. 


All conference presentation ideas are welcome for review. To assist in thinking about topic areas, our membership identified the topic areas listed below as interest for more training. This list is NOT exhaustive of the possibilities. It is offered to spark further thought and creativity.


Possible Session Ideas:




v  Financial track that includes: Spousal and child support, equitable distribution, 401(k) issues, tax issues, and other financial matters in mediation. We encourage in-depth presentations on any one of these topics, and if appropriate, we could give you two or more consecutive sessions to cover the topic in more depth.


v  Mediator Peer Consultation: Round table of peer supervision and small group professional development. Go to the web address below to learn more about the opportunity to facilitate this kind of session. Note: This website is one example and has already been approved by the Supreme Court for CMEs.


v  Ethics: Members suggested several ethics topics.   Some desire an in-depth discussion on confidentiality and the exceptions to confidentiality. Others have requested a round table discussion where participants have the opportunity to discuss ethical dilemmas and receive perspective from peers. While other are interested in how to avoid ethical dilemmas in this technology driven world.


v  Cultural differences and/or religious differences in mediation.


v  Employment law mediation.


v  Personality types, personality disorders, and other mental health issues and how they impact the mediation process.


v  Conflict coaching seminar.


v  Marketing and business development


Speaker proposals are being accepted until Friday, June 6, 2014. All handouts are required when submitting the program proposal as these materials are needed for both the CME and CLE application process and MUST be submitted no later than JUNE 6, 2014


When submitting a program proposal, all attachments plus a brief, personal bio, must be included for consideration. For your convenience, the checklist for submitting proposals is outlined below:


1.       “Call for Speakers” Program Form (Download Application from Newsletter Section)


2.       ADR CME Application: This form must be completed and returned with all other information so that continuing mediator credits can be applied for from Dispute Resolution Services at the Supreme Court of Virginia. Please note your signature is required on this form. If you do not have a way to electronically sign the form, you can mail this particular form to address below.


3.       A brief bio of all speakers that are presenting.


4.       Handouts, worksheets, role plays, power point presentations, etc. that you will include in your presentation. Please review the CME application guidelines as specificity is required on this form. Handouts that you want participants to have during the session (that are included in the training manual that each conference participant receives) will need to be included. 


All materials can be returned to the Virginia Mediation Network (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )via email (with the possible exception of the CME application). You may need to mail the CME application to VMN as this may not be a form that can be emailed.  


Questions and submissions may be directed to:


Moné Ardura at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-409-1744 or


Karen Richards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mailing address:


VMN c/o Karen Richards


Karen Richards Training & Mediation LLC


3419 Virginia Beach Blvd., #106


Virginia Beach, VA 23452