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 Virginia Mediation Network 2020 Virtual Fall Conference

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 through Friday, October 2, 2020.

Join VMN online for multiple workshop sessions throughout September 16th to October 2nd.

Sampling of workshops to come:

Session One: “Build, Move and Connect: Building Your Practice, Expanding Your Skills, and Connecting with other Fields”

David J. Smith, JD, MS

In this session, attendees will learn about the variety of strategies for building their practices. New skill sets that mediators need to acquire today will considered. And ways of connecting with other fields and communities will be discussed.

Session Two: “Mentoring New Mediators: Experiences and Opportunities”

John Settle, MPA, JD & Jeannette Twomey, JD

Virginia is well into a second decade of experience with our mediator mentoring process. It provides both a critical developmental opportunity for apprentice mediators and a “gatekeeper” function to assure high quality mediation complying with Supreme Court standards. We can be proud of it! This session invites experienced mentors (and others with an interest in promoting the quality of mediation) to a discussion of experience and “lessons learned” about mentoring. Against a background review of requirements and best practices, and in the spirit of “continuous improvement,” we will learn from each other!

Session Three: “The Columbo Questioning Technique: Can It Work for Mediation?”

Lucille Roberts & Izabela Solosi

“Columbo” was a five time Emmy Award winning TV series in the 1970’s which starred Peter Faulk as Lieutenant Frank Columbo, a homicide detective, Los Angeles Police Department, who was known for his ingenious questioning technique. In this session, participants will read a brief description of the murder and watch 3-4 clips of Lieutenant Columbo’s interrogations in the episode entitled “Etude in Black”. For each clip, the participants will be asked to evaluate the potential use of the technique in mediation. Specifically, they will be asked to consider: (1) what technique is and how it works ; (2) what mediation skills and principles are involved; and (3) what ethical concerns, if any, it might raise.

Session Four: “Mediating Online”

Dr. Clare Fowler

This interactive session will begin with a brief history of Online Dispute Resolution. Then we will look at how ODR has changed over the last 5 years, how client’s expectations have changed, and how we need to change as mediators (understanding client resistance and the psychology of online mediating). Finally we will move into groups to practice what we have learned.

...And many more to come!

All CME credits currently pending approval.  Full Conference Schedule to be released August, 2020.


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