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MEDIATE OHIO 

Ohio Mediation Association

 HYPERLINK “https://www.mediateohio.org” www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication

Jan./Feb. 2012

 

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail:  HYPERLINK “mailto:james.petas@noris.org” james.petas@noris.org

Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail:  HYPERLINK “mailto:Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu” Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail:  HYPERLINK “mailto:edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net” edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net

Treasurer:  Suzanne Barker (614) 299-6843 E-mail:  HYPERLINK “mailto:barkersu@aol.com” barkersu@aol.com

Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail:  HYPERLINK “mailto:gmweisshaar@yahoo.com” gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

 

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

 

February 3, 2012     CASA: Everything you wanted to know by Anne Konarski, Director of Volunteers and Program Attorney for Franklin County. For particulars see info below the President’s column.

April 27, 2012          ANNUAL CONFERENCE SAVE THE DATE! Jennifer Kresge on The Art & Science of the Question 9:00 AM-4:00 PM NEW LOCATION at the Columbus Bar Association 175 S. 3rd Street Suite 1100, Columbus OH 43215 CLE & CEU pending.

 

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest please let him know at  HYPERLINK “mailto:ekek783@sbcglobal.net” ekek783@sbcglobal.net

President’s Column

James Petas

From Mess to Magnificent

How mediators and therapist sometimes mirror each others professional craft to produce a positive result out of a negative situation.

Both disciplines deal w/ conflict – The characteristics of conflict often follow the same punch list of emotions such as being  hurt, confused , feeling disrespected.

Therapy often has a direct approach to addressing conflict – many schools of thought advocate for challenging the client directly on how they perceive & respond to a problem. They discuss issues and offer different ways to view something. In anger management therapy for example the therapist will question the client by asking is this anger useful, remind them to think before reacting, consider if the offender acted out of an inner issue they have, reminding them they have a choice in the way they internally & externally respond.

The mediator tools of the trade often focus on principals of self determination which is a less direct way to address conflict. This occurs by the mediator laying down a foundation of positive communication through the expression of ideas and emotions, problem solving and goal setting. This process is designed to help people reassess history, make informed decisions and move past vindication to find closure.

So looking at this metaphorically the mediator often acts more like a gardener while the therapist does the work of a surgeon. Both styles are critical to achieving a positive outcome for parties.

But to be effective being eclectic is often the best rule. Both professions often step in each others worlds to get results.

In mediation it’s possible to be too non directive and neutral. This can lead to the parties become entrenched and ultimately, impasse. At a conference I attended last month one of the attorneys complained  his mediator was too hands off that he wanted someone “w/ an attitude” and who “got involved”. Taking a more direct, surgical, therapeutic approach such as reality testing, questioning motivation, case evaluation can be just what the parties need to get them to resolution

The same holds true as a therapist – if they cram a message down the throat of a client and don’t allow the person to experience some form of self direction or  self realization, this can result in a depersonalized experience, which lacks meaning.

In conclusion, each can incorporate tools from the others modes of practice.  When appropriate, the therapist borrow from the mediator in letting the client discover a resolution on their own. The mediator from the therapist, to be more evaluative to make suggestions. Both hopefully making something good out of something negative.

 

Don’t forget to attend the OMA bi monthly meeting in Columbus on Friday, February 3rd. Our speaker will be Ann Konarski – Director of Volunteers & Program Attorney at CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates. The topic will be “Everything you wanted to know about CASA but were afraid to ask – what is CASA & how does it work”.

 

We are also excited to announce Jennifer Kresge, speaker for the 2012 OMA Conference. Jennifer is a mediator and neuroscience specialist from California -her topic will be “The Art and Science of the Question”.

Please plan to spend an afternoon with us on Friday April 27, 2012.

 

Hope to see you soon,

James S. Petas

OMA President

February meeting info: Anne Konarski is the Director of Volunteers and Program Attorney at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County. CASA trains community volunteers to advocate as Guardians ad Litem for abused and neglected children in Franklin County Juvenile Court. Konarski has worn many hats for the organization, including fundraising, creating agency policy and carrying a case load as a Guardian ad Litem. Before joining CASA she worked as a project attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in the litigation section.   Konarski holds a BA in International Studies from The Ohio State University and a JD from Capital University Law School.  At Capital, she enjoyed an intensive summer course on negotiation and mediation and worked with the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy and the Justice League of Ohio. Konarski lives in the Clintonville area with her husband Victor, son Samuel, and two dogs, Daisy and Lola.

OMA Committee to Explore Certification of Ohio Mediators

 

Information has come to light that impacted this committee so it has been put on hiatus until June to determine if there will be a need for it or not.  Updates will be provided at that time as to the situation.

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI

2011 – 2012 Meeting Schedule

Please join us on the second Friday of the month;

members and non-members are welcome!

Meeting Time:      11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. NEW Location :        The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation does not allow food to be brought in to its facility.

 

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.   To join the Mediation Council or to renew membership (annual dues are $15),  contact Anne Wakefield at  HYPERLINK “mailto:mediationworks11@aol.com” mediationworks11@aol.com

 

January 13, 2012: Chris Hall, Beech Acres Marketing Director, presents, “How to Start a Blog”. Learn how to create a blog and how blogs are used to share information–then decide if blogging is right for you.

 

February 10, 2012: Jacqueline Hagerott, Esq., Ohio Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Section Manager presents, “Parenting Coordination:  the Newest Dispute Resolution Tool for High Conflict Families”. Learn what mediators need to know about the latest dispute resolution process to be used in family courts.

 

March 9, 2012: Meghan Clarke, ME Clarke Consulting, presents, “Peace for Peacemakers: A Dialogue on Self-care” and will provide ideas about how to take care of yourself when you are experiencing stress or “mediator burnout”.

 

April 13, 2012: Martha Camp, Mediator, presents, “Educing Information and Cooperation:  What Mediators Can Learn from Interrogators”, which will examine the parallels and divergences in purpose, technique and strategy between military interrogators and mediators, referencing Matthew Alexander’s book “Kill or Capture” about interrogating Iraqi citizens in search of terrorists.

 

May 11, 2012: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Hayley at 513-639-9132.

 

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is February 20, 2012.  Please send all material to President Jim Petas until a new Newsletter Editor can be named as this is my last edition.  Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

 

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to the PO Box on the website.  A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website  HYPERLINK “https://www.mediateohio.org” www.mediateohio.org  Additionally, you may use PAYPAL to pay for your dues now!  If there is a correction or an addition, please let Suzanne Barker, OMA Treasurer know but only you can correct the directory on the website.  If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

New phone/fax for Shirley Cochran Phone: (614) 863-2922 Fax: (614) 453-8544

 

Elaine Dickhoner

1331 Dillon Avenue

Cincinnati OH 45208 HYPERLINK “mailto:edickhoner@gmail.com” edickhoner@gmail.com

Thomas Douglas

Thomas Douglas Resolutions

4930 N. Holland Sylvania Road

Sylvania OH 43560419-882-2400

Fax: 419-882-3839

HYPERLINK “mailto:tsdesq@buckeye-express.com” \o “blocked::mailto:tsdesq@buckeye-express.com” tsdesq@buckeye-express.com

Better Outcomes

Louis H. Kraus

1779 Kemery Road

Akron OH 44333-1931(216) 832-4358

Fax: (330) 576-6634

HYPERLINK “mailto:LHK@getbetteroutcomes.com” LHK@getbetteroutcomes.com

HYPERLINK “mailto:lkraus@windstream.net” lkraus@windstream.net

Barbara K. Roman, Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis

28601 Chagrin Blvd. #500

Cleveland OH 44122(216) 831-0042

Fax: (216) 831-0542

HYPERLINK “mailto:broman@meyersroman.com” broman@meyersroman.com

Michael R. Thomas

Kirby, Thomas, Brandenburg & D’Amico

4 Sycamore Creek

Springboro OH 45066(937) 748-1004

Fax: (937) 748-2390

HYPERLINK “mailto:mthomas@thomasinjurylaw.com” mthomas@thomasinjurylaw.com

Denton S. Whitney

5737 Sells Mills Drive

Dublin OH 43017(614) 734-0415

HYPERLINK “mailto:denton@dentonwhitney.com” \o “blocked::mailto:denton@dentonwhitney.com” denton@dentonwhitney.com

Robert N. Wistner, JD Mid-Ohio Center for Collaborative Divorce Planning

5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100

Dublin OH 43017(614) 734-8354

Fax: (614) 553-7138

HYPERLINK “mailto:rwistner@att.net” rwistner@att.net

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training March 14 and June 6, 2012; Basic Mediation Training February 22 & 23 April 5 & 6; and May 9 & 10, 2012; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training April 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19, and October 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25, 2012.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or  HYPERLINK “http://www.communitymediation.com” www.communitymediation.com  Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center.  Please visit our website at  HYPERLINK “http://www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution” www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center has announced trainings for the year.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at:  HYPERLINK “http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm” \o “http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm” http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

 

2012 Canadian School of Peacebuilding June 18-22 and 25-29, 2012  HYPERLINK “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca” \o “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca” csop.cmu.ca

Come this summer to learn with peacebuilders – local and international, young and old, students, practitioners, and those new to peacebuilding – at the fourth annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding.  We invite you to participate in your choice of five-day courses for personal inspiration, professional development, or academic credit.  You can apply now at  HYPERLINK “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca%2Findex.php%2Fregistration%2F” \o “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca%2Findex.php%2Fregistration%2F” http://csop.cmu.ca/index.php/registration/.

The fourth annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), a program of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), will be held in Winnipeg, MB, June 18-22 and 25-29, 2012.  Two 5-day sessions, each with three courses running concurrently, will be offered for training or for academic credit.  The CSOP is designed to be an environment characterized by (a) education for peace and justice, (b) learning through thinking and doing, (c) generous hospitality and radical dialogue, and (d) the modeling of invitational community.  The Canadian School of Peacebuilding is for people from all faiths, countries and identity groups.

We are delighted to again be able to offer courses taught by  HYPERLINK “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca%2Findex.php%2Finstructors%2F” \o “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca%2Findex.php%2Finstructors%2F” expert and engaging instructors who are committed to peace work.  You are invited to join us this international gathering for one or more of the following  HYPERLINK “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca%2Findex.php%2Fcourses%2F” \o “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca%2Findex.php%2Fcourses%2F” courses:

Session I – June 18-22, 2012

Great Leaders of Peace: Stories of Aboriginal, Canadian and International Leaders

Instructor: Ovide Mercredi

Peace Skills Practice

Instructor: Karen Ridd

Speaking Out…and Being Heard – Citizen Advocacy

Instructors: Stuart Clark & Sophia Murphy

Session II – June 25-29, 2012

Participant Driven Processes: Cultivating Change, Respecting Difference

Instructor: Barry Stuart

Faith, Music & Inter-Ethnic Reconciliation

Instructor: Ivo Marković

Women & Peacebuilding

Instructors: Ouyporn Khuankaew & Anna Snyder

Registration is now available at http://csop.cmu.ca/index.php/registration/ HYPERLINK “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca%2Findex.php%2Fregistration%2F” \o “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca%2Findex.php%2Fregistration%2F” .  More information is available at  HYPERLINK “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca” \o “http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=45302524&msgid=306669&act=1I90&c=692571&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fcsop.cmu.ca” csop.cmu.ca or by e-mailing csop@cmu.ca.  Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.   We hope you will consider joining us.   Wendy Kroeker & Valerie Smith Co-Directors Canadian School of Peacebuilding

 

Web Sites of Interest:

 

Ohio Mediation Association:  HYPERLINK “https://www.mediateohio.org” www.mediateohio.org

 

Ohio Community Mediation Association:  HYPERLINK “http://www.ohiocommunitymediation.net” www.ohiocommunitymediation.net

 

Ohio State Bar Association:  HYPERLINK “http://www.ohiobar.org” www.ohiobar.org

 

Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO)  HYPERLINK “http://www.manomediate.org” www.manomediate.org

 

Mediate.com:  HYPERLINK “http://www.mediate.com” www.mediate.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


November/December Newsletter

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MEDIATE OHIO  

Ohio Mediation Association

 www.mediateohio.org 

A Bi-Monthly Publication

Nov./Dec. 2011

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: James.petas@noris.org

Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net

Treasurer:  Suzanne Barker (614) 299-6843 E-mail: barkersu@aol.com

Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

December 2, 2011 Private Mediator Tom Douglas

February 3, 2012 TBA

April 27, 2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SAVE THE DATE!

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

 

President’s Column

James Petas

Moving Mediation from the Court Room to the Public

There is no doubt that mediators are generally contacted towards the end of a conflict and our services usually result in a confidential resolution.  I often wonder what the field would look like if we were involved near the beginning of a conflict and if the process occurred in more a public arena. Newspapers and media are society’s vehicle for learning about these issues. However those venues don’t have the mediation characteristics of not having an ax to grind, interpreting conflicts in a alternate light, removing issues that cloud discussion and not being swayed by agendas; all of which allows resolution to happen. One thing that is certain is that our profession has the ability to clarify issues and remove toxicity that seems to be prevalent in these times of fevered opinions & high octane partisanship.

So if we took our trade to the public stage what that would that look like? Would we show up on an editorial page, be interviewed on radio program or have a 30 second spot after an infomercial. Where do we fit in?

In a brief experiment I applied some mediation summarizing & re-framing  techniques to a discussion of the economic recession…

Economic Recession: Cause and Cure

Cause1) It’s the Federal Government – whereby the government  in early to mid 2000’s deregulated the financial, mortgage and loan industry causing a housing and investment bubble which lead to an  economic crash that undermined the U.S. currency.

Cause 2) It’s Wall Street – despite poor regulations, the financial firms took part in making profit by executing unstable investments and loans and forgoing sound financial principles for short term gain.

Cure 3) Solution from the Government: needs to be continue federal stimulus to save the economy – per the lessons for the great depression.  This artificial growth will stop a domino effect and give time for market to correct.

Cure 4) Solution from Private Business: Recovery needs to come from the private sector – a pro business model such as fewer regulations, tax incentives and accessible loans would create an authentic economic stimulus and recovery.

Mediation Resolution 5) The last camp is the mediation perspective which focuses the conversation from problem to problem solving asking: what direction are we going, what  have we done in the last 4 years to create jobs and  what’s  worked and what hasn’t.  These questions reflect mediations axiom of moving forward and being about today and the future.

The mediation process no doubt helps people make informed decisions, and whether I was a mediator or not, I would find our perspective valuable.

I do think there is a need to get involved at the public level when things are happening and that our profession has something to contribute.

One day I would mind hearing “After the commercial we’ll hear from the “Blank” Mediation Association ”… maybe one day.

Please join us on December 2nd when we have Thomas Douglas, private mediator from Lucas County.  Tom will discuss his career as a mediator and to lead our discussion on the challenges and rewards of private practice.

OMA Committee to Explore Certification of Ohio Mediators

As a result of the discussion at the OMA Annual Conference, a committee has been formed to explore suggestions for certification of Ohio Mediators.  Shirley Cochran has been appointed as Chair of the committee and is gathering those who are willing to assist in the project.  Another meeting was held in August 2011 with assignments made and goals set forth.  Our main goal was to contact other states, entities who certify mediators and see what they did—why reinvent the wheel?  Our assignments include writing our lists of reasons why some sort of qualification of mediators is important and the pros and cons of licensure versus certification.  Anyone with an idea of what the minimum qualifications and the process for certification/licensure should be, please send an e-mail to Shirley.  Others on the committee include Linda Norris, Chris Scott, Susan Shostak, David Cohen, Mark Laughlin and Kathryn Wollenberg with Terry Wheeler, Past President of ACR assisting.  Information as to the progress of the committee will be reported in Mediate Ohio as it is published.

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI

2011 – 2012 Meeting Schedule

Please join us on the second Friday of the month; members and non-members are welcome!

Meeting Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. NEW Location :  The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation does not allow food to be brought in to its facility.

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.   To join the Mediation Council or to renew membership (annual dues are $15),  contact Anne Wakefield at  mediationworks11@aol.com

November 18, 2011 (third Friday due to 11/11 holiday): Charlie McGinnis, Esq. & Chief Instructor, Aikido of Cincinnati presents, “Applying the Practice of Aikido to Mediation:  Getting to Yes or Getting to No with Understanding and Compassion”. Learn how the Japanese martial art of Aikido applies to mediation.

December, 2011:  no meeting

January 13, 2012: Chris Hall, Beech Acres Marketing Director, presents, “How to Start a Blog”. Learn how to create a blog and how blogs are used to share information–then decide if blogging is right for you.

February 10, 2012: Jacqueline Hagerott, Esq., Ohio Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Section Manager presents, “Parenting Coordination:  the Newest Dispute Resolution Tool for High Conflict Families”. Learn what mediators need to know about the latest dispute resolution process to be used in family courts.

March 9, 2012: Meghan Clarke, ME Clarke Consulting, presents, “Peace for Peacemakers: A Dialogue on Self-care” and will provide ideas about how to take care of yourself when you are experiencing stress or “mediator burnout”.

April 13, 2012: Martha Camp, Mediator, presents, “Educing Information and Cooperation:  What Mediators Can Learn from Interrogators”, which will examine the parallels and divergences in purpose, technique and strategy between military interrogators and mediators, referencing Matthew Alexander’s book “Kill or Capture” about interrogating Iraqi citizens in search of terrorists.

May 11, 2012: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Hayley at 513-639-9132.

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is December 20, 2011.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone:  (614) 863-2922 E-mail:  HYPERLINK “mailto:scochran@insight.rr.com” scochran@insight.rr.com  Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068.  Contact Shirley for membership applications.  A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website  HYPERLINK “https://www.mediateohio.org” www.mediateohio.org    If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website.  If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

James A. Abron, P.E., M.B.A.
Abron DAR
14141 Hubbard Street
Livonia MI 48154(734) 613-8340
Fax: (734) 758-2291
james@abronadr.com
 
Antioch University McGregor
Dr. Richard McGuigan Conflict Analysis & Engagement Dept.
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs OH 45387(937) 769-1809
Fax: (937) 769-1807
rmcguigan@antioch.edu
 
Debora T. Brown
491 Maple Street
Coshocton OH 43812(740) 622-2778
Browndebora91@yahoo.com
 
Martha Camp
Meigs County Court of Common Pleas 
100 E. 2nd St. Box 302
Pomeroy, OH 45769 (740) 992-6439
 
David Coleman
Coleman Professional Services
5982 Rhodes Road
Kent, OH 44240 (330) 673-1347 
 
Shelly Whalen
Fax (614) 228-7213Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215(614) 228-7191
swhalen@communitymediation.com
 
Christopher Dumford
5821 Lathrop Place
Cincinnati OH 45224(513) 383-1920
Chris.dumford@gmail.com
 
Randy Fisher
2271 Teardrop Avenue
Columbus OH 43235-7172 (614) 459-2896
randyfisher@wideopenwest.com
 
Mary Goebel-Komala 
Sophos Wellness Center
500 N. Main 
Findlay, OH 45840 (419) 424-3292
 
Cheryl Hager
627 Yaronia Drive N.
Columbus OH 43214(614) 325-8679
vannahager@gmail.com
 
Ann Harp
11827 Shadybrook Court
Pickerington OH 43147
aharp@insight.rr.com
 
Bobbie Corley O’Keefe, Esq.
830 E. Johnstown Road Suite B
Gahanna, OH 43230 (614) 414-0572
 
Jeff Hutson
Lane, Alton & Horst
2 Miranova Place Suite 500
Columbus OH 43215(614) 233-4747
Fax (614) 228-0146
jhutson@lanealton.com
 
Wood & Hancock County Common Pleas Courts
c/o Michael E. Hyrne
One Courthouse Square, 1st Fl. Bowling Green OH 43402(419) 354-9684
Fax: (419) 354-0331
mhyrne@co.wood.oh.us
 
Jacqueline B. Joiner Comprehensive Case Management Solutions, Inc.
1937 Fairfax Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45207(513) 221-5599
Fax: (513) 221-6881
information@ccmscinci.com
 
Mediation Service Franklin Co. DR & Juvenile Court c/o Marya Kolman
373 S. High St. 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43215(614) 462-5872
Fax: (614) 462-3748
Marya.kolman@fccourts.org
 
Andrew L. Mahler
2302 Cheshire Woods Road
Toledo, OH 43617 (419) 350-0335
 
Linda McGraw
514 Woodland Court
Chagrin Falls OH 44022
drlindamcgraw@gmail.com
 
Medvec Reed Resolution Services, LLC. c/o Jessica L. Medvec
P.O. Box 903
Chardon OH 44024(440) 413-1958
info@medvecreed.com
 
Renee Roberts
P.O. Box 234
Pickerington OH 43147(614) 446-7823
Fax: (614) 834-1835
reneerobertslaw@gmail.com
 
Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator
555 N. Erie Street
Toledo OH 43604(419) 2936-2312
Fax: (419) 245-1802
James.petas@noris.org
 
Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258(330) 499-3069
n.j.savage@sbcglobal.net
 
Eleventh District Ct. of Appeals c/o Shibani Sheth-Massacci
111 High Street, N.E.
Warren OH 44481(330) 675-6681
Fax: (330) 675-7842
ssmassacci@11thappealohio.us
 
Suzanne L. Slowey
Attorney at Law #200
470 Old Worthington Road
Columbus OH 43082(740) 815-2480
Fax: (740) 657-8741
slsmediation@att.net
 
Donald R. Smith, Ph.D.
Doppler and Newton, Inc.
1047 Rudolph Court
Spring Hill FL 34609(352) 683-8440
Fax: (352) 683-8411
docvalhall@hotmail.com
 
The Supreme Court of Ohio c/o Jacqueline C. Hagerott
65 South Front Street 6th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-3431 (614) 387-9420
Fax: (614) 387-9359
Jacqueline.hagerott@sc.ohio.gov
 
Thomas A. Thompson
1210 Wet High Street
Bryan OH 43506(419) 636-5666
Fax: (419) 636-3919
Thompson@fountaincitylaw.com
 
Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-4213(614) 644-8716
Fax (614) 466-3074
eturner@serb.state.oh.us
 
Wakefield Mediation Services c/o Anne Wakefield
PO Box 30186
Cincinnati OH 45230(513) 498-6384
Fax (513) 624-6941
Mediationworks11@aol.com
 
Douglass A. Wistendahl
18 North May Avenue
Athens OH 45701(917) 209-4425
Daw.mediator@gmail.com
 
Debora Witten aka Buckeye Mediation, Inc.
173 W. Market Street
Warren OH 44481(330) 544-0424
Fax (330) 544-9218
DeboraKayWitten@aol.com
 
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training December 1, 2011 plus March 14 and June 6, 2012; Basic Mediation Training February 22 & 23 and May 9 & 10, 2012; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training April 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19, 2012.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or  HYPERLINK “http://www.communitymediation.com” www.communitymediation.com  Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center.  Please visit our website at   www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center has announced trainings for the year.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at:  http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

Creating Workplaces Where People Thrive

Foundations training in needs-basedcommunication and dynamic governance Join us for this training with a world renowned expert in applying Compassionate Communication to workplace environments, Gregg Kendrick.   This three-day workshop on December 8-10 provides an introduction to Needs-Based Communication and to Dynamic Governance, as well as a conceptual overview to how these processes begin to transform organizations to be places where people thrive while the organization’s purpose is robustly fulfilled.  INCLUDE Gregg will provide foundational skills in Needs-Based Communication and  Dynamic Governance for people who are considering, or are involved in, transforming their workplace or organizational culture.  Everyone is welcome at this training! It will be of particular interest to Business owners and executives, Consultants and trainers, HR managers and EAP providers, Practitioners of Compassionate Communication who want to see how needs-based communication works in a business setting, Entrepreneurs and visionary leaders who want to “do business” in a new and transformative way, Managers and supervisors who want to inspire their staff rather than continually oversee and motivate them.   Learn more about Gregg Kendrick and his first-hand experience with transforming organizational and business cultures.

Jeff Brown, Executive Director , Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio Email:jeff@nvcohio.org Phone:  614-558-1141 Web:    http://www.nvcohio.org

2012 Canadian School of Peacebuilding June 18-22 and 25-29, 2012

Come this summer to learn with peacebuilders – local and international, young and old, students, practitioners, and those new to peacebuilding – at the fourth annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding.  We invite you to participate in your choice of five-day courses for personal inspiration, professional development, or academic credit.  You can apply now at  http://csop.cmu.ca/index.php/registration/.

The fourth annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), a program of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), will be held in Winnipeg, MB, June 18-22 and 25-29, 2012.  Two 5-day sessions, each with three courses running concurrently, will be offered for training or for academic credit.  The CSOP is designed to be an environment characterized by (a) education for peace and justice, (b) learning through thinking and doing, (c) generous hospitality and radical dialogue, and (d) the modeling of invitational community.  The Canadian School of Peacebuilding is for people from all faiths, countries and identity groups.

We are delighted to again be able to offer courses taught by expert and engaging instructors who are committed to peace work.  You are invited to join us this international gathering for one or more of the following courses:

Session I – June 18-22, 2012

Great Leaders of Peace: Stories of Aboriginal, Canadian and International Leaders

Instructor: Ovide Mercredi

Peace Skills Practice

Instructor: Karen Ridd

Speaking Out…and Being Heard – Citizen Advocacy

Instructors: Stuart Clark & Sophia Murphy

Session II – June 25-29, 2012

Participant Driven Processes: Cultivating Change, Respecting Difference

Instructor: Barry Stuart

Faith, Music & Inter-Ethnic Reconciliation

Instructor: Ivo Marković

Women & Peacebuilding

Instructors: Ouyporn Khuankaew & Anna Snyder

Registration is now available at http://csop.cmu.ca or by e-mailing csop@cmu.ca.  Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

Web Sites of Interest: 

Ohio Mediation Association:  www.mediateohio.org

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management:  www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/   

Ohio Community Mediation Association:  www.ohiocommunitymediation.net

Ohio State Bar Association:   www.ohiobar.org

Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO)  www.manomediate.org

Mediate.com:  www.mediate.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

May / June 2011

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MEDIATE OHIO 

Ohio Mediation Association

www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication

May/June 2011

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org

Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net

Treasurer:  Suzanne Barker (614) 299-6843 E-mail: barkersu@aol.com

Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

 

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!!

(Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

 June 3, 2011          

Drug Trends in Ohio: Join Ohio State Patrol officers as we discuss a topic of interest to anyone working with youth or families!  Our speakers: Sergeant Mike Kemmer and Trooper Matt Ruth.  See below for specifics.

August 5, 2011        TBA

October 7, 2011       TBA

December 2, 2011 TBA

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

President’s Column

James Petas

What a fantastic day at the beautiful Riffe Center in downtown Columbus. Having the chance to spend the day with so many of our members – both new and old is always exciting and a privilege.

This year’s conference was a tremendous success.  Our speaker, Kenneth Cloke, presented fascinating insights into the mediation process. What impressed me most was just how far so much of the training in our profession has evolved. When I first started, the mediation curriculum gravitated toward techniques focused on conciliations and settlement conferences. With each year the trainings have changed and become more refined – offering more diverse and thoughtful concepts and ideas.

The same evolution I have seen in training has also been reflected in changes closer to home. My first mediation ended in an impasse and the client said to me “you didn’t say a lot”. Ironically, last week, some 16 years later, a case settled and a client said “wow, you didn’t say much … thanks, I didn’t think we would settle”. There was a big difference between those two mediations where I “didn’t say much” and that has a great deal to do with attending these conferences.

If I could summarize the theme of this years conference, it would be that it’s often more dangerous to stay on the surface and not focus on the underlying cause of the problem.  The same could be said for the way our organization needs to view our profession and the future of mediation. We need to take chances, confront our issues and be committed to advancing the field. If not us, then who and if not now, when. I encourage everyone to “take a walk on the wild side” by taking an active role in OMA and helping to make a difference.

 

The conference agenda also included the exciting announcements of our new elected treasurer Suzanne Barker, second term secretary Gina Weisshaar and Better World Award recipient, Jan Fritz. Please see Ed Krauss’s article below.

 

I look forward to seeing you all at the June 4th meeting!

 

June Meeting Specifics:

The subject for the June OMA meeting will be drug trends in Ohio, especially among young people, and what the Ohio State Patrol is doing to fight the drug problem. This should be of special interest to anyone who works with families and/or youths, because they will be learning the latest information about illegal drugs.  Our presenters:

 

Sergeant Mike Kemmer is a 14 year veteran of the Ohio State Patrol. He has served at the Patrol’s Mansfield and Delaware Posts and at the Patrol’s Special Operations Section. Sergeant Kemmer was assigned to the Patrol’s Special Response Team (SWAT) for 10 years and held the position of team leader, prior to his current position as the assistant commander of the Central Region Criminal Patrol Unit. Sergeant Kemmer is a Certified OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) instructor. He also serves as a Firearms Instructor and Driving Instructor for the patrol.

 

Trooper Matt Ruth, is a 12 year veteran of the Ohio State Patrol. He served at the Patrol’s Bucyrus Post and in the Patrol’s Special Operations Section. Trooper Ruth was assigned to the Patrol’s Special Response Team (SWAT) for 8 years, prior to his current position as a Canine Handler, with the Patrol’s Central Region Criminal Patrol Unit. Matt is a certified Advanced EMT and a Certified OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) instructor. He serves as a CPR and AED Instructor for the patrol.=

 

BETTER WORLD AWARD GIVEN TO DR. JAN MARIE FRITZ

 

At its annual meeting, The Ohio Mediation Association presents the Better World Award to someone nominated by the mediation community as having made outstanding contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution.

 

At this year’s meeting, April 29, the Better World Award was given to Dr. Jan Marie Fritz, a full professor at the University of Cincinnati (since 1993 over 500 students have taken her mediation courses) and a senior research fellow with the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg, in addition to maintaining a private mediation practice spanning more than twenty years. Her recent mediation work has primarily been in the area of special education, but she also has mediated small claims cases, organizational disputes, and commercial cases. In addition, Jan volunteers her mediation and facilitation skills to community groups, citizen groups, community- based organizations and NGOs in Ohio, Washington, D.C., Connecticut and California about mediation and facilitation.

 

Jan is the author or editor of more than 100 publications that have appeared in numerous languages (e.g., Greek, French, Ukrainian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish).  She currently is completing two books – Moving Toward a Just Peace: The Mediation Continuum and Essentials of Community Intervention. She was a vice president of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and currently is president  of the Clinical Sociology division of the ISA.  She has worked with a peace center at the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria.

 

As the UN representative for the ISA, she has run sessions connected to meetings of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on her research on the national action plans based on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security).  Two weeks ago she gave a presentation in Mexico City about this topic. She also was a consultant to Serbian government representatives in the development of Serbia’s plan.  Jan thinks UNSCR 1325 is important because it addresses the difficult situations facing women and girls when there are prolonged violent conflicts but also because it opens the doors for women to be mediators.

 

The Ohio Mediation Association’s Better World Award is one of many awards given this international trainer and scholar. In 2010 she received the American Sociological Association Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology and recently was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and International Studies in Denmark.   Because of her outstanding work as a teacher, writer and mediator, OMA is honored to recognize Dr. Jan Marie Fritz.

 

Apology by Ed Krauss

 

One of the things that keeps me excited about being a mediator is paying careful attention to the use of the English language, our only tool. (Well, silence, too. That’s another good tool.) As we all know, the careful use of language is critical to us in mediating successfully. Further, we often help people reach a mutually satisfactory resolution by restating, reframing, clarifying their positions: “I tried to explain but he won’t listen!” “What do you want him to know about your view of the situation?” Etc.

 

A second thought is that apologies are, on occasion, part of settlements. Sometimes they are spontaneous, sometimes part of a negotiated agreement.

 

And third, of course, is that we don’t tell people what the answer is, or what the settlement should be – but on occasion we challenge, at the table or in a caucus, an offer that we have doubts about. Acting as the devil’s advocate, doing a reality check, is all part of the practice. “You’ll take the three-year old Chevy and give your spouse the new Porche. Please share with me why you feel comfortable with that agreement.” “You want the children to change homes every third night, with a half-hour drive each way. How will that work for the children; their schooling, homework, time with friends?” Etc.

 

What got me thinking about all this was the recent apology from football coach Jim Tressel. He is quoted in the Columbus Dispatch thusly: “I consider all of you a part of Buckeye Nation. I sincerely apologize for what we’ve been through. I apologize for the fact I wasn’t able to find the ones to partner with to handle our difficult and complex situation.”

 

It strikes me that nowhere in the quote were any phrases such as I was wrong, I did wrong, I’m sorry for doing the wrong thing, I apologize for doing the wrong thing.

 

Were I at the mediation table, I’d turn to Buckeye Nation and ask if BN found that apology acceptable. Maybe yes, maybe no – but that’s up to BN, not to the mediator.

 

OMA Committee to Explore Certification of Ohio Mediators

 As a result of the discussion at the OMA Annual Conference, a committee has been formed to explore suggestions for certification of Ohio Mediators.  Shirley Cochran has been appointed as Chair of the committee and is gathering those who are willing to assist in the project.  A meeting was held after the general membership meeting in February and some consensus was reached as to where this might head.  Linda Norris reported on Mediator Certification at the monthly meeting of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Columbus Bar Association and reports were that things went well.  Anyone with an idea of what the minimum qualifications and the process for certification should be, please send an e-mail to Shirley.  Others on the committee include Linda Norris, Chris Scott, Susan Shostak, David Cohen, and Mark Laughlin.  Meanwhile, the Association for Conflict Resolution has approved a draft of Model Standards for Certification Programs.  Information as to the progress of the committee will be reported in Mediate Ohio as it is published.

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI

2010 – 2011 Meeting Schedule

Please join us on the second Friday of the month; members and non-members are welcome!

            Meeting Time:        11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

            NEW Location :      Oakley Branch–Hamilton County Public Library

                                                       4033 Gilmore Avenue

                                                       (corner of Madison & Gilmore,  map available at www.cincinnatilibrary.org)

The library allows us to bring lunch to the meeting, with one stipulation: we must clean up after each meeting.

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change.

Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  To join the Mediation Council or to renew membership (annual dues are $15), contact Anne Wakefield at mediationworks11@aol.com

May 13, 2011: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Hayley (née Baker) at 513-639-9132.

 

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is June 20, 2011.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com  Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

 

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list):

New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068.  Contact Shirley for membership applications.  A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org    If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website.  If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance. We currently have 150 members which is only 4 shy of the last fiscal year’s total so get out there and tell people about OMA!


 

Steven AbramsMediated Solutions
2720 Airport Drive
Columbus OH 43219
(614)418-1784SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com
Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services
c/o Dick Altman, Christopher DelFavero & Denise McColley660 North Perry St. Suite 403BNapoleon OH 43545
(419) 592-5105Fax: (419) 592-2759chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com
Kathryn Stokes Anders
P.O. Box 587
New Albany OH 43054
(937) 231-2432Fax: (614) 818-1470ksa@anderslawoffice.com
Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio
Richard Appleton
1169 Dublin RoadColumbus OH 43215
(614) 486-6531 x 150Fax (614) 486-0031rappleton@columbus-ohbbb.orgmlseymour@columbus-ohbbb.org
Amy ArmstrongParent Strong, LLC
1996 Chatfield Road
Columbus OH 43221
(614) 208-8383amy@parentstrong.com
Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 221-0944Fax (614) 221-2340twheeler@adllp.com
Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation
G.R. Hamm
602 7th Street, 4thFloorPortsmouth OH 45662
(740) 355-8368  grhamm@sciotocounty.net
TALK WORKS! Mediation Services c/o Marie U. Bader
P.O. Box 176206
Covington KY 41017-6206
(859) 380-2137mubader@insightbb.com
Thomas (Tom) Bailey
Capital Mediation Associates, LLCPO Box 2331
Westerville OH 43086
(614) 975-7360tbailey@capitalmediators.com
Cincinnati Better Business Bureau
c/o Christine Baker7 West 7thStreet, Suite 1600Cincinnati OH 45202
(513) 639-9132Fax: (513) 744-6332c.baker@cincinnati.bbb.org
Suzanne Barker
69 Euclid Avenue
Columbus OH 43201
(614) 299-6843barkesu@aol.com
Lee J. Bell, AttorneyCrescent Pointe Building
4774 Munson St. NW Suite 400
Canton OH 44718
(330) 499-1140Fax: (330) 433-1313lee@leejbelllaw.com
Daniel B. Bennington
Attorney at Law
87 Somerset Road
Delaware OH 43015
(614) 620-9539Dan.bennington@yahoo.com
Robert M. Blue
Attorney at Law, LLC
537 Rustic Trail
Beavercreek OH 45434
(937) 546-4825Fax: (937) 320-0505bluemediation@aol.com
Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW
Dover OH 44622
(330) 364-2647mivid@tusco.net
Bernard M. Brodsky
4231 Frazer Avenue NW
Canton OH 44709
(330) 493-0879NO EMAIL!
Miami Valley Mediation  Services, LLC c/o William W. Burnett
Wright Brothers Station
P.O. Box 385Dayton OH 45409-0385
(937) 609-0741NO EMAIL!
Richard C. Cahaan
60 W. Dominion Blvd.
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 268-4629Richard.Cahaan@gmail.com
Stephen P. Calardo, JD
Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314
(513) 598-5000Fax (513) 598-5500scalardo@fuse.net
Jack W. Carney-DeBord’s Law Office c/o Jack W. Carney-DeBord305 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 369-7567Fax: (740) 368-9747Jcarney1@rr.ohio.com
Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
156 E. Tulane Road
Columbus OH 43202
(614) 783-7281Fax (614) 447-0262findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 629-8882Fax (330) 726-5926dlchermely@zoominternet.net
Patricia A. Clary
621 E. Mehring Way #1607
Cincinnati OH 45202
(513) 827-9652Fax: (513) 827-9652Plcary1@gmail.com
David M. Cohen
2614 Jefferson Estates Court
Blacklick OH 43004
(614) 745-9949David_m_cohen@yahoo.com
Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43221
(614) 688-4918F (614) 292-2035Cole.228@osu.edu
Christopher D. Cottrell
Crosspoint Mediation
953 Sapphire Flame Drive
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 990-9589crosspointmediation@yahoo.com
Ray A. Cox, Attorney at Law and Mediation
265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton OH 45459
(937) 291-3119Fax: (937) 291-3229Ray.a.cox@sbcglobal.net
James J. Cullers
Mediation and Arbitration Services
224 Tamarack Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 392-0391(740) 397-2430jcullers@embargmail.com
Barbara V. Culp, Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 225
Minford OH 45653
(740) 981-2697bculp@falcon1.net
Delaware County Juvenile Court
c/o Dodie Davenport
88 North Sandusky
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 833-2610
Edward E. Devlin
Devlin Group, Inc.
56 Milford Drive
Hudson OH 44236
(330) 342-5636Fax: (330) 342-5637Ed.devlin@devlingroupinc.com
Thomas S. Douglas
Resolutions
4930 N. Holland Sylvania Road
Sylvania OH 43560
(419) 882-2400Fax (419) 882-3839tsdesq@bex.net
Phillip Dunfee
33 West Main Street
Suite 108
Newark, OH 43055
740.405.4165pdunfee@windstream.netPhildunfee.com 
Gregory L. Edmonds
5585 Broadview Road
Columbus OH 43230
(614) 506-3782(330) 887-4776Gledmo007@yahoo.com
Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC
Dale Eilerman
3797 Willow Creek Drive
Dayton OH 45415
(937) 219-4996dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com
Maara Fink
University of Toledo College of Law
2801 Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606
(419) 530-4236Fax: (419) 530-2605Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Ernie Fischer
508 Stedway Court
Gahanna OH 43230
(614) 476-3779 (home)Cell (614) 499-1037Efisc77@aol.com
Harry Flynn
Mediate Is Great
1158 Belrose Road
Mayfield Hts OH 44124
(440) 473-8500Fax: (440) 473-8600mediateisgreat@gmail.com
Dr. Jan Marie Fritz
University of Cincinnati
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237
(513) 731-7878Fax: (513) 556-1274Jan.fritz@uc.edu
Sandra Mendel Furman, J.D.
A Mature Solution
1119 S. Cassingham Road
Columbus OH 43209
(614) 237-7266sandra@sandramendelfurman.comwww.amaturesolution.com
Kristen Hamilton Crouton110377@yahoo.com
Clinton County Juvenile Court
c/o Maggie Henry
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177
(937) 383-3286Fax (937) 383-1245mhenry@clintoncountycourts.org
Kathleen P. Hoenie
Family Matters Mediation Services
2227 Buckley Road
Columbus OH 43220-4613
(614) 457-3177Fax (614) 457-3177khoenie@cs.com
Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Officec/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover
225 Court Street, Room 301
Elyria OH 44035
(440) 328-2250Fax: (440) 328-2252loraincountyadr@windstream.net
Beth A. Jewell
Jewell Law Office, LLC
238 Longfellow Avenue
Worthington OH 43085
(614) 209-2936Jewel1_beth@att.net
Shawn Judge
4819 Tatersall Court
Columbus OH 43230
(614) 473-3949ShawnKJudge@gmail.com
Frances V. King
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo OH 43604
(419) 213-4755Fax (419) 213-4844king@co.lucas.oh.us
Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. At Law
20133 Farnsleigh Road
Cleveland OH 44122
(216) 991-6200
Fax (216) 991-6199lisarkraemer@yahoo.com
Edward M. Krauss
Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130
(614) 444-5872ekek783@sbcglobal.net
Andrea C. Kryszak, Attorney at Law, Lessing & Kryszak, Co. LPA
Suite A
5330 Meadow Lane Court
Sheffield Village OH 44035
440-934-5330Fax: 440-934-8191akryszak@lessingandkryszak.com
Cathie Kuhl, Director,
Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Private Complaint Mediation Service
230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 1150
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 946-3400
Fax: (513) 946-3388CKUHL@CMS.HAMILTON-CO.ORG
Kandy Kyle
PO Box 24012
Columbus OH 43224
KandyKyle@hotmail.com
James P. Luton, Attorney at Law
131 S. Prospect Street
Marion OH 43302
(740) 382-6588Fax: (740) 375-5372Lutonlaw@brightdsl.net
Melanie J. McCort
568 S. 5th Street
Columbus OH 43206
(614) 224-5719Mjmccort7@att.net
Tom McGuire
23520 Brister Road
Coolville OH 45723
(740) 591-0733Fax: (740) 667-0435Mac457@windstream.net
Mary McRury
147 Arden Road
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 256-9946mcrury@aol.com
Judy Mirka
Delaware OH Mediation
95 Elizabeth Street Apt. 312
Delaware OH 8127
(740) 815-8127NO EMAIL! 
Margaret E. Honore Miller, J.D.
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 703-6088Fax: (740) 775-2512mediation@mail2world.com
Joseph T. Mordino
1 West Fourth St., Suite 2050
Cincinnati OH 45202
(513) 421-7500Fax: (513) 421-7502jmordino@faulkner-tepe.com
Mary Murphy, M.Ed., LPC, LLC
Center for Conscious Living
6611 Rockside Road, Suite 215
Independence OH 44131
(216) 408-8887marymurphylpc@cultivatingchange.me
Linda Norris
Counter-Point Mediation Services
6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068
(614) 863-9249lnorris@insight.rr.com
Belinda Ohlinger
Solution Builders Mediation Services
4873 Chevy Chase Avenue
Columbus OH 43220
(614) 459-2020ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com
Joseph R. Palmer, Ph.D.
Mediation Services of Ohio
536 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-5515Fax (614) 461-0066mediatemso@cs.com
Licking Co. DR Ct.
c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055
(740) 670-5409Fax: (740) 670-5419jpatterson@lcounty.com
Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 403-3825jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Kristen Paynter
P.O. Box 64
Elkton OH 44415
(330) 831-7835Fax (330) 424-6670Kristen.paynter@yahoo.com
Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 653-9396Fax: (740) 652-9396fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net
Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870
(419) 627-7782Fax: (419) 627-6600cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net
Alison Pfeister, Esq.
Alison J. Pfeister Co., LPA
56 Milford Road Suite 308
Hudson OH 44236
(330) 328-5673Fax: (330) 319-7329Alison.pfeister@gmail.com
William J. Pohlman
52 E. Gay St., P.O. Box 1008
Columbus OH 43216-1008
(614) 464-8349Fax: (614) 719-4908wjpohlman@vorys.com
Donna Posluszny
106 Rockledge Drive
Perrysburg OH 43551
(419) 874-3776donnacpoz@gmail.com
Amanda Ralph
1972 Belgrave Drive
Columbus OH 43220
(614) 397-8179amandasralph@gmail.com
Sandy Robitz
1871 Summerchase Road NE
Canton OH 44721
(330) 361-0226 (Cell)(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)srobitz@neo.rr.com
Carolyn Streit Roehrig
10428 Lee’s Creek Road
Harrison OH 45030
(513) 246-0511Fax: (513) 246-0525Carolyn.roehrig@emcbc.doe.gov
Jay Rothman, Ph.D.
The ARIA Group, Inc.
1050 President Street
Yellow Springs OH 45387
(937) 580-5401jrothman@ariagrouplcom
Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207
(614) 491-5597Fax (614) 491-3404Russellviv@aol.com
John Schmieding
276 Highland Avenue
Athens OH 45701
(740) 592-5983John_45701@yahoo.com
Capital Mediation Associates LLC
c/o J. Christopher Scott
655 Metro Place S. Suite 600
Dublin OH 43017
(614) 789-1733Fax: (614) 538-8056cscott@capitalmediators.com
Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 681-1031Fax (740) 689-3631shostak@ohiohills.com
Joey Sink-Oiler
P.O. Box 436
Marion OH 43301-0436
(740) 802-0748Mediator4u@gmail.com
Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road
Junction City OH 43748
(740) 987-7466confidentialjustice@yahoo.com
Leslie Swift, Ph.D.LLC
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 791-8849Fax (513) 791-8873drswift@fuse.net
Diane Tedeschi, M.Ed., LPC, CDMS,
On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235
(614) 459-0826Fax: (614) 459-4720tedeschi@columbus.rr.com
Judith Thomas
935 River Road, Suite C
Granville OH 43023
(740) 587-3367Fax (740) 587-1612mediator@creative-resolutions.com
Anne K. Thompson
Anne K. Thompson, LLC
P.O. Box 34
Dayton OH 45409
(937) 672-2963ANNE.THOMPSON.MEDIATION@GMAIL.COM
Michael A. Thompson, Atty.
Crescent Pointe Building
4774 Munson St. NW, Ste 400
Canton OH 44718
(330) 499-5297Fax: (330) 433-1313thompsonlaw@sssnet.com
Belinda Torres, Ph.D.
9614 Old Johnnycake Ridge Rd.
Mentor OH 44091
(440) 358-1159Fax: (440) 358-1201belindatorres@roadrunner.com
Paula J. Trout, MBA, MPA, JD, CTM      ADR Forums
P.O. Box 231912
Anchorage AL 99523-1912
(310) 251-4973/(702) 385-4973pjtroutmlm@aol.com
Kent Valin
6119 Putney Court Avenue NW
Massillon OH 44646
(330) 880-5280kentandnora@sssnet.com
Barbara A. Venesy,
Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy
2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751
(330) 864-6060Fax (330) 864-6060bavenesy@att.net
David Voth
Crime Victim Services
330 N. Elizabeth St. 2nd Floor
Lima OH 45801-4305
(419) 222-8666Fax: (419) 227-7478victim@crimevictimservices.org
Susan Waller, Ph.D
Franklin University
1419 Evaline Drive
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 806-8885wallers@franklin.edususanwaller@yahoo.com
Watkins Global Network, LLC
c/o Mario W. Watkins
3556 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus OH 43204
(614) 351-7420Fax: (614) 351-7430Global.i3431@att.net
W. Cephus Watts, Jr. J.D., Ph.D.
964 Kingsbridge Court
Akron OH 44313
(216) 470-5974Fax: (330) 867-5108willie_watts44313@yahoo.com
Jerome F. Weiss
Mediation, Inc.
1600 Midland Building
101 Prospect Avenue W.
Cleveland OH 44115
(216) 589-9995Fax: (216) 589-9723mediator@mediationresolve.com
Gina Weisshaar
41 E. Como Avenue
Columbus OH 43202
(614) 893-2881gmweisshaar@yahoo.com
Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810
(410) 230-2563k-wildman@onu.edu
Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 447-7050Lindawbesq@aol.com
Harmony Mediation/Consulting
c/o Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville OH 45309-1710
(937) 307-1988CAHSYS@VERIZON.NET
Union Co. Common Pleas Ct.
Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq.
Mediation Director
221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #310
Marysville OH 43040
(937) 645-4176Fax: (937) 645-4174kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us
Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244
(513) 271-2223Fax (513) 0615woodcandl@aol.com
Amy R. Wiechart-Bayliff
1626 Oakland Parkway
Lima OH 45805
(567) 204-6556AMY@BAYDAISY.COM
William H. Wolff, Jr.,
Retired Trial and Appellate Judge
34322 Westbury Road
Kettering OH 45409
(937) 293-5295Fax: (937) 938-6789judgewolff@noh.rr.com
Dr. Gary Zoldesy
696 Pleasant Valley Drive
Akron OH 44319
(330) 245-1669No e-mail

 

 TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training September 22, and December 1, 2011; Basic Mediation Training June 8 & 9, September 7 & 8, and November 16 & 17, 2011and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 12, 13, 18, 19, & 20, 2011.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com  Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution
Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center.  Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

 Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center has announced trainings for the year.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

 

A World Class View of Dispute Resolution Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Pepperdine University School of Law Malibu, California June 23-25, 2011 and co-sponsored by Vermont Law School at Woodstock, Vermont October 13-15, 2011.Nineteen Courses, Twenty-eight Faculty, Over 300 Participants from Around the World, Two and a half Days of Interactive Dialogue, Eighteen MCLE Credits. Contact Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342 or visit straus.pepperdine.edu.

 

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/  

Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org

Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

November / December 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
November/December 2010

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org
Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

Dec. 3, 2010   Foreclosure Mediation with Eileen Pruett, Manager of the Small Claims Court of Franklin County and Linda Cook, Senior Attorney, Ohio Poverty Law Center—see specifics below.

Feb. 4, 2011   TBA

April 29, 2011 ANNUAL MEETING—NOTE CHANGE IN DATE Kenneth Cloke on The Art of Waking People Up: Utilizing Dangerous Dialogues to Resolve Conflict.

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

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September / October 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
September/October 2010

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org
Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Bi-Monthly and Annual Meeting Dates

Mark your Calendars for our exciting upcoming meetings!!

(Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months)

Oct. 1, 2010 Curtis P. Haugtvedt, Associate Professor of Marketing, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.

The marketing of a concept (mediation, the use of mediation as an alternative to litigation) as opposed to marketing a product.  How best to excite people about a concept rather than a hard product one can see.   Market your practice!

Dec. 3, 2010  TBA

Feb. 4, 2011  TBA

April 29, 2011  ANNUAL MEETING—NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

More details to follow but we think you will really like the speaker who just committed!

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

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May / August 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June/July/August 2010

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail: james.petas@noris.org
Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail: Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail: edmkmediator@sbcglobal.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

OMA BI-MONTHLY MEETINGS

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!!

(Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

Aug. 7, 2010  Tax Matters in Divorce presented by Susan Moussi, CPA, CFP, CDFA, CVA

Oct. 2, 2010 TBA

Dec. 4, 2010 TBA

Feb. 4, 2011 TBA

April 1, 2011 ANNUAL MEETING—NOTE CHANGE IN DATE

More information to follow as details become available.

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest, please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is August 20, 2010.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
by James Petas

I am truly excited and honored to help lead OMA this coming year.  The achievements and inroads that OMA has made is something we should all be proud of as members.

In thinking about the future of our profession, the one thing I kept coming back to is its unrealized potential.  The potential for having mediation be the first option when members of our society are in conflict. In our cultural dialog, mediators’ opinions on issues such as overseas conflict and domestic problems are not solicited. This is puzzling since the insights we experience in session and through our training have great relevance.

So why hasn’t mediation advanced in the public consciousness? My hunch is, unlike a good movie where people tell family and friends, when people reach resolution they are happy with the results but equally happy to close a chapter and move on. If this theory is true, than ultimately the accolades and promotion of our profession must rest with us.

Not only do we need to be effective mediators but also need to be part-time billboards. Woody Mosten, the featured speaker at our 2009 OMA Conference, spoke about how much promotion he has done to make mediation the first thing people turn to when conflict sets in– his effort and the results are remarkable.  To take mediation to the next level I believe we need to adopt the same model.

This mission is a natural fit with our organization. By joining together we can find ways to effectively promote mediation and relay the important contributions of our field. So please get involved in OMA – participate in the meetings and help share your ideas that will make the message of mediation travel.

OMA’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010
Suzanne Barker, Appointed Board Member

The 2010 OMA conference was held on May 7, 2010 at the Riffe Center.  Unlike past conferences, this year’s conference featured a panel discussion of leading mediation experts regarding the current and future state of mediation in Ohio.  The morning session focused on the current state of mediation and the challenges of mediating in the private sector as well as through court based programs.  The afternoon session was a lively discussion on what is needed for mediation to continue to flourish in Ohio.  Licensure vs. certification, making mediation profitable, and mediation trade marketing were among the topics discussed on what the future of mediation might look like.

Wendy Hawbaker received the 2010 Better World Award for her outstanding contribution to the field of mediation.  Jay Patterson and Shirley Cochran were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their many years of service to the field of mediation in Ohio.   Please submit your suggestions for next year’s conference.

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
2010 – 2011 Meeting Schedule

Please join us on the second Friday of the month;

members and non-members are welcome!

Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

NEW Location:  Oakley Branch–Hamilton County Public Library

4033 Gilmore Avenue (corner of Madison &  Gilmore, map available at www.cincinnatilibrary.org)

The library allows us to bring lunch to the meeting, with one stipulation: we must clean up after each meeting.

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change.

Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  To join the Mediation Council or to renew membership (annual dues are $15), contact Anne Wakefield at mediationworks11@aol.com

September 10, 2010, 4:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. (time change for this meeting only): Social kick-off meeting at The View Restaurant, 2200 Victory Parkway, refreshments provided by the Mediation Council.

October 8, 2010: Eric Barrett, Social Media Consultant, presents “Building a Social Media Strategy in the Midst of a Revolution”, exploring how mediators can benefit from the use of social media technology for marketing, education and networking.

November 12, 2010: Janet Moore, attorney at law, will discuss the efforts to create a community-based mediation program in Cincinnati, including the history of this project, the current plans to create such a program in the near future and the role local mediators may play in developing and supporting this community resource.

December, 2010:  no meeting

January 14, 2011: Alys McCalmont, President, McCalmont-Burtin, Professional Organizers LLC, presents “Old Fashioned Marketing of Your Business”.

February 11, 2011: Cathie Kuhl presents “Five Core Concerns: Another Approach to Handling Emotions in Mediation”. This presentation is based on the book Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro.

March 11, 2011: Sharon James and Marie Hill present “Getting beyond Impasse”. These two seasoned mediators share their experiences and give tips for successfully overcoming impasse in mediation.

April 8, 2011: Lou Ann Wood reviews and leads a discussion of the book Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight by Robert Mnookin.

May 13, 2011: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Hayley (née Baker) at 513-639-9132.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS AND INFORMATION:

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068.  Contact Shirley for membership applications.  A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website.  If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

NOTE: NEW AND RENEWED MEMBERS WILL BE LISTED IN THE NEXT EDITION OF MEDIATE OHIO CONFERENCES:
Save the Date: ACR 10th Annual Conference September 1-4, 2010, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, ACR’s 10th Annual Conference will be the major event of the year for conflict resolution practitioners!  Over 1000 professionals will attend and participate in over 100 thought provoking workshops. There will be ample networking opportunities held throughout the conference. Bring your families and discover the magic that is Chicago!  This year’s conference theme is, “Many Paths: One Destination.”  Come celebrate the oneness, unity and the common goal we share in reaching our destination, peaceful conflict resolution.  Information on conference registration, exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship will be posted on the ACR website (www.acrnet.org) in early March. For more information contact Beth Murray at bmurray@acrnet.org.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Program Coordinator
Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio
Ideal candidate will have a background in Conflict Management Program Development as several new projects include:

•   The Certificate in Conflict Management and Peace Studies

•   The Sustained Campus Dialogue Network we are implementing on all 3 main  campuses –  http://www.sdcampusnetwork.org/

•   Developing a Mediation Program for all 3 campuses to address  Staff/Student/Faculty conflicts

•   Our Study Abroad Programs in Conflict Management and Peace Studies through Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

•    Our international conferences on Conflict Resolution Education,

Examples at:  http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/about_global_network/3rd_intl_cre_summit_2010

http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/intl_policy_summit_cre_sel_ce_and_pe_2009

http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre/about_global_network/2nd_intl_cre_summit_2008

The web site link to a brief overview of some of the Center’s work is at:

http://www.tri-c.edu/enrichment/communityservices/GRIC/Pages/Default.aspx

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ON-LINE.

https://careers.tri-c.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1280171953731

 

Job Description:

Title Coordinator II, Global Issues Resource Center
Department Name Global Issues Resource Center
Campus or Location Eastern Campus
Vacancy Number 076-11
Reports To Director III, Global Issues Resource Center
Recruitment Type External/Internal
Job Category Support Staff
Position Type Full-Time
Union Position? Non-Union
Number of Openings 1

Job Responsibilities Primary Responsibilities Include:

Coordinates the assessment, design, development, planning, funding, and general effectiveness of departmental programs as assigned.

Works under the supervision of the Center Director.

Assists Director in design and development of training programs including, but not limited to, needs assessments; research of available grant and other funding sources; curriculum development and enhancement; recruitment and proposal of qualified personnel including consultants and instructors; negotiation of contracts with vendors and pay rates for instructors; assessment of profitability of programs.

Assists Director in development of ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships with vendors, customers, government agencies, and other partners.

Implements training programs, services, and events. Provides effective coordination/support to consultants, trainers, students/attendees, and employees.

Responsible for timely and accurate: room scheduling, preparation of agreements, processing invoices, determination of workable delivery dates, follow through on appropriate guidelines for purchasing, and acting as backup for registration of students.

Responsible for regular update of GIRC’s Web sites (www.CREducation.org and www.tri-c.edu/enrichment/communityservices/GRIC/Pages/Default.aspx), electronic list serves, and the database.

Serves as a liaison to contractors, trainers, and employees to ensure all paperwork is handled properly for hiring of personnel, payment, etc.

Ensures all college and departmental policies are followed.

Obtains bids and proposals for services in accordance with departmental and college policies and guidelines.

Proposes a comprehensive marketing plan as requested.

Develops a potential partner/client list for marketing of programs.

Ensures program stays within budget.

Drafts and oversees local, state, federal, and private grant applications.

Responsible for all other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the social sciences, education, or related field.

Experience working in the public sector; demonstrated strong networking and partnership building experience.

Minimum of two years experience in program coordination including design, implementation and evaluation.

Demonstrated experience in project management; especially strong time and resource management skills.

Demonstrated experience in budgeting and assessment of profitable programs; demonstrated experience in ability to research, obtain, and manage grant funding.

Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Ability to communicate (written, oral, electronic, presentation-style) effectively and diplomatically with diverse populations; strong networking abilities and ability to develop mutually beneficial relationships; ability to appropriately respond to the needs of diverse populations.

Ability to provide timely and accurate research.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s degree in the social sciences, education, or related field.

Two years’ experience in marketing programs in the public sector; business or consulting experience.

Advanced experience in educational programming.

Experience in the field of conflict management and course work completed.

Background in government and/or education, government/education operations.

Advanced program development experience in the areas of needs assessment, program design, implementation and evaluation; grant and budget management experience.

Advanced knowledge and experience with grant generation and/or funding sources, project management, or budget oversight.

Advanced technology skills in the areas of word processing, powerpoint creation, spreadsheets, databases, web site development, and online research.

Knowledge and ability to effectively use Banner software.

Work Schedule Must be able to travel and work flexible hours as needed to achieve departmental goals.

Target Hiring Rate/Salary $42K to $56K annualized

Position Status This is a full-time, exempt, non-bargaining, support staff position, salary grade 11.

Special Note SPECIAL NOTE:

As a condition of hire, the recommended candidate must demonstrate required skills in keyboarding, basic math and grammar, standard level work processing (MS Word) and standard level spreadsheet applications (MS Excel) through the College’s skill assessment process.

Posting Open Date 07-26-2010

Repost Date

Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

For full consideration, apply by this date

Special Instructions to Applicants During the application process, you may be required to attach a cover letter and/or resume. It is recommended that you have these documents ready to be attached electronically to the online application. This system accepts only MS Word or PDF attachments.

Required applicant materials Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Cover Letter

Affirmative Action Statement Cuyahoga Community College is committed to attaining excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce. Cuyahoga Community College is an equal employment/educational opportunity institution.

Please make sure you meet the required qualifications for this position before applying.  Also, please take note of required applicant materials (if any) for this position and have documents ready to attach before applying.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 15 & 16; or December 1 & 2, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training November 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2010.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center.  Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center have announced trainings for the year.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio is offering several opportunities in 2010 to experience Compassionate Communication from several presenters including: Friday-Sunday, August 27-29: “Embodied Spirituality of Nonviolent Communication,” with Robert Gonzales, Ph.D. (Prescott, AZ). We hope to see you at one of more of these events — click here for more information or to register.

WEB SITES OF INTEREST:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

March / April 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
March/April 2010

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Immediate Past President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Vice President:  Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: pdunfee@alltel.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences the Friday of Ohio’s Conflict Management Week in May.)

May 7, 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE—note different date than first Friday of even numbered months—Conflict Management Week finale.

To be held at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  See flyer attached concerning the Panel Discussion on the State of Mediation in Ohio.  Panelists include: Judith Wayne Thomas, Wendy S. Hawbaker, Richard McGriogan, Susan Grody Ruben, Sarah Cole, Teresa Cusma, Jay Patterson, and Maria Mone; Moderators Maara Fink and Terry Wheeler.

June 4, 2010 TBA

Aug. 7, 2010  TBA

Oct. 2, 2010 TBA

Dec. 4, 2010 TBA

Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest, please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

Allow me to set the scene – your devoted OMA board gathered ‘round the table with pencils in hand and pensive looks on faces.  What were we doing, you might ask?  Diligently attempting to generate innovative ideas for an amazing annual conference designed to thrill and delight our members. No short order you realize.  In truth, we, just like the rest of you, want to attend a conference that we actually find interesting, informative, enlightening, and useful.

We proceeded to review “big” names in the field; discuss the benefits of “toolbox” trainings; and emphasize the importance of meeting the needs of our members.  The pensive looks became bored looks and soon a few barely-stifled yawns crept across the faces around the table.  Then someone then uttered these words, “…what are we really interested in?”  We quickly became engaged in a very lively conversation.  Finally, some enthusiasm around the table!

It was through this conversation that realized it was time to try something new.  As much as we love our “big” names and our “toolbox” trainings (and we really do love them), the time had come to bring together experts in the field for a REAL discussion of the issues facing mediators and field of mediation. We know this may be risky.  We know this may cause some feelings of discomfort for a few of you.  But, if we don’t have these very important conversations with each other, we will continue to struggle to establish ourselves as legitimate professionals in a legitimate field of practice.  IT IS WORTH IT!

Therefore, I hope you will plan to join us on May 7, 2010 at the Riffe Center for our 2010 Annual Conference. The program is designed to be interactive and we want to hear from YOU.  Please visit our website www.mediateohio.org for conference and membership registration and information.  For your convenience, please note that you can pay online with PayPal. www.mediateohio.org/pg69.cfm

I’ll see you in May!

Member News: David Voth, Executive Director Crime Victim Services in Lima has published a book: Quality Victim Advocacy: A Field Guide.  It includes core crime victim needs and logic models for victim services and victim offender mediation.  It is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is April 20, 2010.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at lunch time on the second Friday of every other month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00.  The meeting time is 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; the meeting location is the Hyde Park Hyde Park Branch of the Hamilton County Public Library, 2747 Erie Avenue.  Attendees may bring lunch to the meetings.

The schedule of meeting topics is below. With the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Baker at 513-639-9132.

May 14, 2010:  The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

Save the Date: ACR 10th Annual Conference September 1-4, 2010, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, ACR’s 10th Annual Conference will be the major event of the year for conflict resolution practitioners!  Over 1000 professionals will attend and participate in over 100 thought provoking workshops. There will be ample networking opportunities held throughout the conference. Bring your families and discover the magic that is Chicago!  This year’s conference theme is, “Many Paths: One Destination.”  Come celebrate the oneness, unity and the common goal we share in reaching our destination, peaceful conflict resolution.  Information on conference registration, exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship will be posted on the ACR website (www.acrnet.org) in early March. For more information contact Beth Murray at bmurray@acrnet.org.

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Spring Conference April 15-18, 2010 Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York.  ADR: Building Bridges to a Better Society. Early Bird Registration ends March 10, 2009.  Conference website www.abanet.org/dispute.

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068.  Contact Shirley for membership applications.  A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website.  If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

L. Anna Firestone, JD
Bowen, Keck & Firestone
338 S. High Street
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 255-2015
Fax: (614) 453-8121
afirestone@lawbkf.com

Tom McGuire
23520 Brister Road
Coolville OH 45723 (740) 591-0733
Fax: (740) 667-0435
Mac457@windstream.net

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training April 14 & 15; or June 9 & 10; or September 15 & 16; or December 1 & 2, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training April 22 or October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, or November 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2010.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center.  Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center have announced trainings for 2009.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

The Association of Attorney-Mediators announces its Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual Meeting, March 26 and 27, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri MARK YOUR CALENDAR and plan to be with your colleagues for this outstanding Advanced Mediator Training.  We return with our member requested, two partial-day format, filled with refreshing speakers and invigorating topics. The training will begin at noon on the 26th, followed by an early evening meal and unusual activities for participants and guests, and adjourn on Saturday the 27tharound noon, allowing the afternoon for sightseeing or early travel home. The venue for the training will be the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel, on popular Washington Avenue, at the discounted rate of $109 (plus tax) per night. As additional information becomes available, it will be posted on the AAM website at www.attorney-mediators.org.

Pepperdine University School of Law A World Class View of Dispute Resolution Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Malibu California June 10-12, 2010 and Vermont Law School Woodstock Vermont October 14-16, 2010.  For more information visit straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342. Mediation & other dispute resolution workshops at each.

Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio is offering several opportunities in 2010 to experience Compassionate Communication from several presenters including:  Friday-Saturday, April 16-17: “Embodying Compassion,” with Dian Killian, Ph.D. (from Brooklyn, NY); Friday-Sunday, August 27-29: “Embodied Spirituality of Nonviolent Communication,” with Robert Gonzales, Ph.D. (Prescott, AZ). We hope to see you at one of more of these events — click here for more information or to register.

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

For the 2010 OMA Conference Flyer, Please go here https://www.mediateohio.org

January / February 2010

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
January/February 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Immediate Past President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Vice President:  Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: pdunfee@WindStream.net
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

OMA MEETINGS

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences the Friday of Ohio’s Conflict Management Week in May.)

Feb. 5, 2010 Techniques for Empowering Youth in Mediation.  Marge Gaffin, BS Psychology and MSW from OSU, LISW-S, ACSW, BCD with specialized training in obsessive-compulsive disorder will be speaking on drawing out children and teens so that they can and will participate fully in mediation.

May 7, 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE—note different date than first Friday of even numbered months—Conflict Management Week finale.  To be held at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  Details coming soon!

June 4, 2010 TBA
Aug. 7, 2010  TBA
Oct. 2, 2010 TBA
Dec. 4, 2010 TBA

Speaker Suggestion??
Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you would like to suggest, please let him know at ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is February 20, 2010.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

President’s Column
Maara Fink

Well, it’s officially 2010. Hard to believe that another year and decade has come and gone. Like so many others, I find the start of a new year to be the perfect time to take inventory of the areas, both personal and professional, which could use a bit of attention and/or improvement.  Some are easy to identify (unfortunately, not as easy to achieve) like better organizational systems, decision-making (just say “no”) and time management (also, just say “no”).  The more challenging tasks come to me as I lie awake making “to do” lists in my head.

During the final days of 2009 and first days of 2010, I was engaged in a series of conversations that led me to focus more intensively on the current state of OMA and the field in general.  What I realized, to my great disappointment, is that we are not where I was hoping we would be as we ushered in this new decade.  Don’t get me wrong, we have made strides (the Uniform Mediation Act; the marketing campaign of 2008) and effected some significant changes (the most recent language modifications to proposed HB 306 )along the way; but nowhere near where I had hoped the field would be when I entered it well-over (I know, really well-over but who is counting…) a decade ago. At that time mediation was still gaining momentum and legitimacy as an alternative method of dispute resolution.  While these days we find that most have dropped the designation as an “alternative” process, I do believe we are still struggling to establish mediation as a legitimate profession.  We have seen hundreds of mediators join our ranks only to leave disheartened and disillusioned with the field and its ability to provide a living-wage to its members.  A decade ago, I knew dozens of mediators here in Toledo who were making a decent living as full-time mediators.  Most of those individuals have gone back to the professions they previously abandoned.

I also have very real concerns about the complete lack of regulation within the field.  We have all heard “horror” stories of mediators and mediations gone-awry (like the one I heard the other day about a mediator who called one of the parties a crook and liar – in a most neutral way, I’m sure).  Yet, there is still not much that can be done to prevent incompetent mediators engaging in the practice of mediation.  I strongly believe that in order to ensure quality of the process and enhance the legitimacy of our profession that we must explore our options for regulation (mark your calendars to join us for our OMA Annual Conference in May for an exciting panel discussion on what regulation in the field might look like).

I am steadfast in my belief in the power of mediation and the vast potential for growth in the field.   However, this will not happen if we maintain the status quo.  It is imperative that we work together to forge a sustainable future for the field.  And it will take work! This will not happen without collective action.   I encourage those of you who have stayed on the sidelines to get in the game! We have a way to go and my guess is we won’t achieve all that we hope to in 2010 – but it can’t hurt for each of us to add this work to our “to do” list for the year.  You never know what together we might achieve!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at lunch time on the second Friday of every other month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00.  The meeting time is 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; the meeting location is the Hyde Park Hyde Park Branch of the Hamilton County Public Library, 2747 Erie Avenue.  Attendees may bring lunch to the meetings.

The schedule of meeting topics is below. With the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Baker at 513-639-9132.

January 15, 2010: Marie Bader and Cathie Kuhl will present one or more mediation cases and lead us through an analysis and discussion of the cases.

March 12, 2010:  Diann Harper and Betsy Sato will discuss the work of the Housing Mediation Service.

May 14, 2010:  The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

Truancy Prevention Through Mediation in Marion, Ohio
Joey Sink-Oiler Contract Mediator 740-802-0748 mediator4u@gmail.com
Truancy prevention through mediation has worked well in Marion, Ohio for the past five school years.  It was piloted with help from Family Court. According to documentation from Marion County Family and Children First Council, from 2002-2006 the number of diversion hearings conducted by Family Court/Juvenile Court primarily due to truancy grew by approximately a 200% increase. “ The Family and Children First Council wanted to focus on what was missing from the mix of services and programs that would lead to a reduction of high-risk youth coming to the attention of Family Court/Juvenile Court in the first place.”

According to documentation from MCFCFC, “Las Angeles County research from the Office of Education identifies truancy as the most powerful predicator of delinquency and crime increase (such as shop lifting).” Additionally the report from MCFCFC goes on to state “this research supports that children that are truant are at-risk of academic failure, delinquency, victimization, experimentation of substance use and sexual activity.” This led to the collaboration of several service providers in the community working together to assure the success of the mediations. A typical mediation may consist of any combination of the following: parents, student, teachers, social workers, guidance counselors, and/or other necessary support persons. According to Kelly Garrett of United Way the number of children referred to Family Court for Truancy and the number of Diversion cases fell by at least 40% after the inception of the program.

During the first three years, it was operated by a grant from the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Funding was small and the program started in one elementary and one middle school based on findings that most high school dropout students had attended one of these two schools. The fourth year of the program was funded by reclaim dollars through Family Court and 600 mediations were completed in both Marion City and Marion County school districts. For the 2009-2010 school year, due to a funding decrease, the number of mediations dropped to 425. Both Family Court and. Marion City Schools are funding the program this school year. The program requires two positions, a coordinator and a mediator. Joey Sink-Oiler, who has been with the program for the past five school years, currently holds both positions.

The Art of Disagreement
Dale Eilerman, M.Ed., PCC-S
Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC

Most of us would likely say that we do not care to be around disagreeable people.  This choice of behavior is typically discouraged in organizations as being disruptive and unsettling.  It can generate negative emotional reactions and a sense that the disagreeable person is being uncooperative and is not “on board”.  However the act of disagreeing is essential to identify problems, provide contrary perspectives, consider alternatives and make changes.  What we need to recognize is that there is a skill and “art” in offering a disagreement that plays an important part in the success in taking this position.  It is not what is said, but how it is said.

Michael A. Roberto speaks to the importance of disagreement in his book entitled Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer (Wharton School Publishing, 2005).  Roberto describes organizational cultures in which the prevailing norm is to have yes-people who outwardly agree with leadership and do not question decisions in open meetings.  Differing opinions and beliefs are instead taken underground resulting in a hidden erosion of support and lost opportunities for considering viable alternatives.  In some cases this type of culture has resulted in serious negative outcomes that could have been avoided if those in disagreement had felt like they could speak up and be heard without consequence.

Cultivating an environment that supports constructive disagreement requires encouragement of frank discussions, challenging questions and debate.  This milieu results in decisions that are well thought out and earn the confidence and support of those who need to implement them.

What are some of the traits and techniques that contribute to the art of disagreement?
• Demonstrate an attitude of inclusion
• Use data and decision making procedures
• Beware of emotional responses
• Seek first to understand, then to be understood
• Agree to disagree

Demonstrate an Attitude of Inclusion

Disagreement will begin to be valued when leaders demonstrate an attitude of inclusion.  Openness to and active solicitation of differing ideas, perspectives, feelings, and beliefs generates greater breadth of thinking than a closed and conservative approach to decision making which tends to shut out diversity.  The attitude of inclusion stimulates expression of disagreements and a collaborative discovery of solutions.  This approach will increase the likelihood that optimal choices will be made.

Respect for disagreement encourages risk taking, creative thinking and consideration of alternatives that otherwise would not be put on the table.  Leaders who challenge their associates to brain storm, critique, and think outside the box will maximize the potential that exists within the group.  Appreciation shown for effort, and not just for the chosen decision, will further encourage people to take the risk of offering ideas and positions that might not otherwise be put out for consideration.

Use Data and Decision Making Procedures

It is helpful to have decision making procedures that facilitate the presentation of differing options while also maintaining an orderly process for reaching conclusions.  Brainstorming, nominal group technique and multi-voting are methods that can be used to generate ideas and focus on preferred choices.  If there is no structure to facilitate the decision making process the participants will experience frustration from “wheel spinning” and be less open to considering differing ideas.

Disagreements must merit the time and attention required for contemplation.  Simply arguing for a personal agenda is not adequate.  Those who want their perspective to be considered need to demonstrate its value with data or other supportive evidence and use the decision making process that is in place.  Use of an organized presentation with handouts, charts, or other visual aids can be very effective in demonstrating a perspective that needs to win the approval of others.  It may be helpful to pass alternatives through “filters” to assure that they meet the criteria required for consideration prior to presenting them.  Disagreements that are obviously well thought out and rationally presented within organizational guidelines will be given more respectful consideration than those which are spontaneous and “off the cuff”.

When working to resolve disagreements determine if the differences are centered on the central goal or on the process for achieving the desired outcome.  There will often be more receptivity to variations in process and procedures that to wholesale changes in the objective.  Do proposals meet the identified goals and requirements?  If yes, then disagreement may be in the area of process; how to reach the goal rather than the goal itself.  Recognizing and communicating this distinction can keep the process moving along constructively.

Beware of Emotional Responses

Disagreements can cause emotional reactions that disrupt the objective assessment of an option being considered.  Presentations that are overly dramatic may not be effective – the content can be lost in the expression.  The idea will be judged on the listener’s affective reactions and not on merit.

However presentations without any emotion may be as ineffective as those with excessive emotion.  Ideas communicated with feeling create energy.  Emotions that are tempered and expressed for emphasis and effect can be a powerful enhancement in communicating the intensity of belief and conviction.

When presenting a different perspective it is important not to alienate others in the group.  Separate the person from the problem.  Statements that are confrontational, blaming and critical are usually not well received and can be harmful.  Indicating a desire to collectively solve the problem at hand will be more effective than forming factions.

Being prepared and professional will increase the likelihood of receptivity to contrary opinions and perspectives.  Conflict and disagreements that are cognitively presented with poise and confidence will be received best.  Even skeptics are likely to consider ideas that are presented with logic, reason and conviction.  Use of substantiated facts, relevant references, and evidence of success in other settings will help to change the minds of those who may initially be in opposition.  The inclusion of enough emotion to demonstrate assurance that it will work in the current situation may be enough to tip the scales.

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Stephen Covey’s maxim from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People of “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood” serves as a good technique when attempting to win over someone to a new way of thinking.  If you want to be understood be a good listener.  Once the other party believes that they have been thoroughly understood they will be more receptive to listening to alternative perspectives.

Listen intently and do not get caught up in formulating a response before the other party has finished their presentation.  Use active listening and clarification questions to demonstrate interest and insight into the ideas of others.  Active listening with focused eye contact, nodding, note taking, appropriate questions and summary statements for clarification will demonstrate interest and respect in those who present opposing viewpoints and thereby increase their receptivity to alternative positions.

A good technique for presenting disagreement is to both support and confront.  This involves the use of the word “and” instead of the word “but”.  An example would be to say “I understand what you are suggesting and I have another point of view” rather than “I understand what you are suggesting but I want you to listen to my idea.”  The use of the word “but” erases everything that was presented before it and only includes the words that follow it.  Use of the word “and” shows respect and consideration for one point of view while adding other thoughts or opinions.  A difference that is presented with respect and as an alternative will be received better than one that shows distain and one-sided thinking.

Agree to Disagree

Attempt to join in agreement with the prevailing position as much as possible.  This is especially true when disagreeing with a person or group who is in a position of influence.  Artful disagreement will often include reference and support for the areas where there is agreement and then requests for considering additional perspectives.  Respectful acknowledgement that there are points in common will reduce the level of resistance to hearing new ideas.

However there will be times when presenting a disagreement will not result in the idea being accepted.  When other ideas win out it is important to support the decision and work to make it effective.  The welfare of the team or organization is more important than individual goals.  Sometimes it is best to agree to disagree and move on.

Summary

Disagreement, when demonstrated effectively, can be a valuable component of effective organizations.  The art of disagreement is often not in what is said, but how it is said.  Presenting opposing positions successfully may require courage driven by conviction and supported by data.  It is important to keep differences constructive and to work for collaborative discovery of solutions.  When presented well, disagreement opens the door to consideration of options that can result in integrated decision making and optimal outcomes.

Biography

Dale Eilerman operates Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC working with individuals and organizations to improve performance.  He specializes in the dynamics associated with the management of differences and conflict and provides consultation, training, coaching, team-building, and conciliation work including mediation.  He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Dayton and Wright State University, provides counseling and coaching in a private practice, and is the Director of Organizational Learning for a behavioral health organization in Dayton, Ohio.  Dale earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Liberal Arts degree from Earlham College.  He can be contacted at 937.219.4996 or dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE AND INFORMATION:

PLEASE NOTE: ANNUAL DUES CHANGED IN 2009!  THE CURRENT RATES ARE:
$60 FOR AN INDIVIDUAL AND $100 FOR AN INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068.  Contact Shirley for membership applications.  A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website.  If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Gregory L. Edmonds
5585 Broadview Road
Columbus OH 43230 (614) 506-3782
(330) 887-4776
Gledmo007@yahoo.com

Eileen Pruett
375 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 645-8500
Fax: (614) 645-8465
pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Paula J. Trout, MBA, MPA, JD
President/CEO ADR Forums
P.O. Box 29143
Las Vegas NV 89126-3143 (310) 251-4973/(702) 385-4973
Fax: (702) 448-5106
pjtroutmlm@aol.com

Hon. Steve Yarbrough, Retired
7818 Westcroft Drive
Sylvania OH 43560-1864 (419) 343-6222
Fax: (419) 824-8389
SAYarbama1@msn.com

Theresa M. Zimmerman Consultants, LLC
32200 Miles Road
Solon OH 44139 (330) 328-2562
tz@tzconsultants.com
TRAINING, WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES:
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association                          Basic Mediation Training February 3 & 4; or April 14 & 15; or June 9 & 10; or September 15 & 16; or December 1 & 2, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training April 22 or October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, or November 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2010.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213  Mailing address:  67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution
Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center.  Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center
United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker.  For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center
2010 Trainings.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

The Association of Attorney-Mediators Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual Meeting, March 26 and 27, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri
Mark your calendar and plan to be with your colleagues for this outstanding Advanced Mediator Training.  We return with our member requested, two partial-day format, filled with refreshing speakers and invigorating topics. The training will begin at noon on the 26th, followed by an early evening meal and unusual activities for participants and guests, and adjourn on Saturday the 27tharound noon, allowing the afternoon for sightseeing or early travel home. The venue for the training will be the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel, on popular Washington Avenue, at the discounted rate of $109 (plus tax) per night. As additional information becomes available, it will be posted on the AAM website at www.attorney-mediators.org.

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Spring Conference April 15-18, 2010 Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York
ADR: Building Bridges to a Better Society. Early Bird Registration ends March 10, 2009.  Conference website www.abanet.org/dispute.

AFCC 47th Annual Conference June 2-5, 2010, Sheraton Denver, Denver, Colorado
Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SAVE THE DATE!

ACR 10th Annual Conference September 1-4, 2010 Chicago, Illinois
In 2010, ACR will celebrate its 10th Annual Conference. Over the past 10 years, we as a community have seen an evolving and growing need for high quality conflict resolution, from the international to the interpersonal level. ACR’s 10th Annual Conference provides the opportunity to step back and reflect on changes witnessed, chal¬lenges met, and prospects for the future. Our 2010 Conference is an excellent time to celebrate the essence of ACR, an organization that embraces and acknowledges the full spectrum of peaceful conflict resolution and recognizes the value of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural connections to enhance conflict resolution choices universally. ACR em¬bodies “Many Paths: One Destination,” this year’s conference theme.  This theme celebrates the oneness, the unity, the common goal we share in reaching the One Destination: Peaceful Conflict Resolu¬tion. The theme recognizes the connections within and across our practice areas, Sections and Chapters, and the valuable partnerships created within professions such as family services, legal, health care, education, business and many others.

WEB SITES OF INTEREST:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org