Spring Conference 2019 Program


2019 VMN Spring Conference - Saturday, April 13, 2019

8:30 am - 11:00 am - Cinnie Noble

11:15 am - 12:45 pm Dale Robinson

Westerre Conference Center
3831 Westerre Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233


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The Nexus of Conflict Coaching and Mediation

2.5 hours CME Pending Approval

Conflict management coaching (also known as conflict coaching) has increasingly found its way into many mediators’, facilitators’ and coaches’ toolboxes. It is a process that can be used in tandem with mediation or other ADR processes or independent of it. There are multiple applications of conflict management coaching, and mediators and disputants alike are finding that the benefits, among other things, improve the conflict experience.

This interactive session provides an overview of what conflict management coaching is and its many applications. The focus will be primarily on the use of pre-mediation coaching to prepare parties to participate in the mediation process relating to their interpersonal disputes.

 Participants will learn:

  • what conflict management coaching is, its applications and how practitioners are expanding their businesses with the range of uses
  • how neuroscience principles figure into coaching and pre-mediation coaching
  • the whys, whats and hows of pre-mediation coaching
  • several resources to enhance a pre-mediation coaching practice

About the Presenter – Cinnie Noble

Cinnie Noble is a professional certified coach (PCC), qualified mediator and former lawyer. She is a pioneer of conflict management coaching, having developed the CINERGY® model in 1999. She coaches worldwide and trains mediators, coaches and others around the world in the use of this process. Cinnie is author of six books, two of which are on coaching - Conflict Management Coaching: The CINERGY™ Model (2011) and Conflict Mastery: Questions to Guide You (2014). www.cinergycoaching.com

  Dale Robinson

Growing Your CR Services:  Mediation, Conflict Coaching, and Professional Development

1.5 hours CME Non Ethics Approved

Designed for human resource professionals, mediators, employee relations consultants and others who desire to build or enhance their conflict resolution services.  The conflict resolution program that was created for faculty and staff at Virginia Tech will serve as a model for developing and integrating mediation, conflict management coaching and professional development workshops. The facilitator will describe how to: assess the need for program strategies; gain support for the program; promote program services; and create alliances and boundaries with management and program partners. Participants will be provided with an outline of the curriculum developed for the workshops offered to faculty and staff; learn about the Conflict Dynamics Profile assessment and how to integrate it into workshops and conflict coaching; learn about the Social Justice Mediation concept; and consider which components of an integrated program may be the most appropriate for the parties involved.  


About the Presenter – Dale B. Robinson

Dale Robinson served as the Assistant Director for Education, Outreach and Conflict Resolution at Virginia Tech. From 2007 to 2017, he managed the Virginia Tech Conflict Resolution Program. He retired in 2017. Prior to Virginia Tech, Dale established the internal mediation program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1993 and established the mediation program utilized by the Tennessee Human Rights Commission to address both equal employment opportunity complaints and fair housing complaints filed with the Commission.  He assisted the Virginia Department of Employment Dispute Resolution, EDR, with the design of a workplace conflict resolution professional development program. Dale is a Virginia certified mediator and a member of the Board of Directors of VMN. 

*There will be a small break between workshops with light snacks and drinks provided by VMN.  Cancellation must be received in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. one week prior to the event (4/5/2019) for partial refund of registrations fees.  A $50 fee will be deducted from registration fees to cover expenses incurred by Virginia Mediation Network. 


2019 VMN Fall Conference


VMN Annual Training Conference

September 28-29, 2019

Call for Speakers

Deadline for submission June 1, 2019

     Speaking at Conferences is a great way to present new ideas, increase name recognition, and gain credibility, both within your community and with potential clients.  The Virginia Mediation Network is always looking for presentations that are thought provoking and learning opportunities for mediators in Virginia. 

     VMN is hosting the annual Fall Training Conference September 28-29, 2019 and is looking for presentations that would be of interest to conference participants.  The conference will be held at the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center in Richmond, Virginia.  VMN is seeking proposals for concurrent workshops (1.5 hours in length) which will be scheduled for either September 28th or 29th.  All conference presentation ideas are welcome for review. To assist in thinking about topic areas, past participants have identified various topics of interest listed below.  It is offered to spark thought and creativity.

Possible Session Ideas: 

  • Spousal and child support, equitable distribution, 401(k)issues, tax issues, and other financial matters in mediation
  • 'Silver Divorce' issues
  • Public Conflict and Solving Public Problems
  • Future of Mediation in Academia
  • Panel Discussion(s)
  • Cultural differences and/or religious differences in mediation
  • Focused exploration on a part of the mediation process
  • Restorative Justice
  • Child issues in mediation
  • Employment Law mediation
  • Personality types, personality disorders, and other mental health issues and how they impact the mediation process
  • Conflict coaching seminar

Speaker proposals are being accepted until June 1, 2019.  All handouts are required when submitting the program proposal as these materials are needed for both the CME and CLE application process.  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.  Click on the bold letters for link to forms.

  • Call for Speakers Program Checklist form
  • ADR CME Application signed by all speakers in program.  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 the address below.
  •  A brief bio (no more than one paragraph) for the conference program.
  • 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 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please scan in a signature copy of your CME application if emailing your application to the VMN office.   

Our mailing address:


P.O. Box 29007

Henrico, VA 23242

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact VMN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (804) 316-5271.


Best Regards,

VMN Fall 2019 Conference Committee

Daniel Hand, VMN Board Member, Conference Committee Chair

Brenda Booth Lowry, VMN Board Member

Karen Richards, VMN Member

Dale Robinson, VMN Board Member