Serving Ohio’s Mediators and those in need of Mediation services


November 2003

By January 11, 2003Newsletter

Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication November 2003

President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail:
President Elect/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (513) 732-7397 Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: or
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 447-8564 E-mail:
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail:
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 864-1818 E-mail:

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2003-2004 meetings!!

December 5, 2003 Victoria Solomon, J.D., L.I.S.W., will be presenting “Ten Gifts a Mediator Brings to the Table”.

February 5, 2004 Jennifer Baader, RN, presenting Mediation in Healthcare

March 26, 2004 Annual Meeting at Fawcett Center OSU The Future of Credentialing and What it Means to Ohio Mediators. NOTE DIFFERENT DATE AND LOCATION THAN REGULAR MEETINGS!

All meetings to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice (Directions on back page)

The OMA and the Ohio Community Mediation Association (OCMA) are co-sponsoring forums to discuss the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) and its impact in Ohio (see the President’s Column below). The UMA has been sponsored and submitted to the Legislature as House Bill 303. Be part of the disussion on its impact on Ohio mediators and how to have concerns addressed during the legislative process. We know Cleveland’s forum will be January 7, 2004 in conjunction with a meeting of the Mediators of Norteast Ohio (MANO) and the discussion is to have Toledo in early December with Columbus either in December or January after Cleveland. A discussion area has been prepared at the following website for those who are not able to attend or would like to continue the discussions from the forums. Check the discussion for dates, times and locations of the other forums:

President’s Column
By Martha Antolik

Someone once said that timing is everything. It seems that in the dispute resolution field, timing is becoming increasingly important.

The week of October 27, 2003 saw the roll-out of the first of five forums to take place across the state for the purpose of providing information to mediators and other dispute resolvers about the Uniform Mediation Act. This Dayton forum, with coordination provided by the Dayton Mediation Center and sponsorship from OMA and the Ohio Community Mediation Association, also gave those in attendance the opportunity to ask questions and note their thoughts and concerns about what can now be called House Bill 303. Yes, the Uniform Mediation Act has been officially introduced within the Ohio legislature. Further UMA forums will be scheduled to take place in Cleveland, Toledo, and Columbus in the coming months.

While it is expected that the UMA will be passed, those who wish to offer comments and testimony either in support of, or opposition to, the Act will need to pay attention to the timing of these events as they unfold.

The Association for Conflict resolution’s third annual conference in Orlando held on October 16th through the 18th is another example of the crucial role of timing in dispute resolution. From keynote speaker George Mitchell telling a hushed crowd of the 701-day effort to reach a peace accord in Northern Ireland, where his efforts were branded by the media as a failure for the 700 days with no agreement, to the discussion of ACR-led developments such as a certification for mediators, and an Advanced Practitioner for Workplace Mediation designation now approved for the Workplace Section, our profession is unfolding and changing and all of us will need the gift of good timing to keep astride this movement.

And speaking of gifts, we welcome the gift of your presence as you join us for December’s meeting as we close out 2003 and make way for a new, exciting year.

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at I look forward to hearing from you

New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory:

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President Elect, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 Contact Shirley for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc, for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website What follows is the list of all members, new and renewing as of October , 2003. If there is a correction or addition, please let Shirley know.


Findlay Municipal Court shows no information provided. The following is our information: Contact Person – Nancy Bachynski Phone – (419)424-7143 Mediation Areas – they can be civil or criminal in nature such as but not limited to – property damage, family disputes, neighborhood disputes, harassment, breach of peace, menacing threats, animal control, trespass, unpaid debts, unpaid rent

Susan Shostak’s number was wrong; should be (740) 681-1031

The latest name/address update in the OMA Newscaster blended 2 members (Roger Sorey and Kay Rogers). Roger L. Sorey, Butler County Domestic Relations Court, 515 High Street, 2nd Floor, Hamilton, OH 45011, ph. 513-887-3795, email:

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter The next deadline is December 20, 2003 My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

REPORT FROM ACR’S THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 15-18, 2003, ORLANDO, FLORIDA More than 1,400 individuals from 18 countries attended the ACR’s Third Annual Conference in Orlando, October 15-18, 2003, making this conference one of the largest in recent years. The conference offered over 200 learning opportunities, including institutes, sessions, mini-plenary sessions, roundtables, and networking events. Many Sections took an active role at the conference by offering specialized learning sessions for their members, holding Section meetings and networking receptions. During the Welcoming Reception, ACR introduced its new Web site and cheered as Mickey Mouse made a special appearance. The following night, members danced to the tunes of a salsa band. The conference concluded with a closing Keynote Address, “Reflections of a Career Peacemaker,” by former Senator George Mitchell. He related humorous anecdotes from his initiation into the culture of the U.S. Senate, and talked candidly about the challenges he faced in working for peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East.

Job Announcements: We have no announcements for this Newscaster, but there are some announcements that become available for the meetings Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor

ASSOCIATION OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION (ACR) 2004 ANNUAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SUBMIT PROPOSALS ONLINE BEGINNING NOVEMBER 7, 2003 The 2004 Annual Conference Program Committee, chaired by Dan DeStephen and Gail Ervin, is planning a top-notch program for the conference, which will be held in Sacramento, California from September 29 to October 2, 2004. The request for proposals will be posted on the ACR Web site by November 7, 2003. The proposal submission deadline is December 12, 2003. The theme for the 2004 conference is “Valuing Peace in the 21st Century: Expanding the Art and Practice of Conflict Resolution.”

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Calendar of Events

February 7-8, 2004 – ABA Mid–Year Meeting/ DR Section Meetings San Antonio, Texas

Hilton Palacio del Rio (210)222-1400

April 15-17, 2004 – 6th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference New York, New York Sheraton Hotels of New York, (212) 841-6490 Program Proposal Form:

August 6-8, 2004 – ABA Annual Meeting/ DR Section Programs & Meetings Atlanta, Georgia

For additional information on meetings, contact: American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, (202) 662-1687,, or check for updated schedules and information on upcoming meetings.

Federal Dispute Resolution: Using ADR with the United States Government, by Jeff Senger, is the definitive and comprehensive work for anyone involved in the ADR process, including those who represent the government, those who have disputes with the government, and those who serve as neutrals. Published by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and Jossey-Bass, Federal Dispute Resolution offers valuable information about the benefits of ADR and outlines the laws and regulations that govern the field. The book includes guidance on how to determine which disputes are best suited to ADR, how the government selects ADR processes and neutrals, how to prepare for ADR, and how to advocate effectively in ADR. The author is Senior Counsel in the Office of Dispute Resolution at the United States Department of Justice. He advises and trains federal lawyers around the country in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, having served as a federal mediator for the U.S. District Court; a civil, family, and criminal misdemeanor mediator for the Superior Court in Washington, D.C.; and an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and the District of Columbia Bar Association. “Those involved in a dispute with the Federal government will find Jeffrey Senger’s book on Federal Dispute Resolution a splendid reference. Senger knows the subject for he has been a leader in promoting the use of appropriate dispute resolution by federal agencies as an alternative to litigation.” – Janet Reno, Former Attorney General. “Mr. Senger’s wise and practical book makes the case for using the techniques of ADR to resolve federal disputes.” – James A. Baker III, Former Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, and White House Chief of Staff. Order from Jossey Bass at (877) 762-2974, or save 15% by ordering online at by October 31 and putting promotion code WA4F5 in the discount information field on the order form.


Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio Presents: Barbara Madonik, author of “I Hear What You Say, But What Are You Telling Me” Vital Communication Tools for Mediators, Lawyers and Social Workers *This course has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on continuing Legal Education for 5.00 total CLE credit hour(s) with 0.00 of ethics, 0.00 hour(s) of professionalism and 0.00 of substance abuse instruction and application has been made for 5.00 CEU credits

When: Friday – December 12, 2003 8:00 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Presentation

Where: Penton Media Building 1300 East 9th Street- Room Cleveland, Ohio 44114

BARBARA MADONIK has been invited to the United Nations because of her unique ability to head off and resolve conflict using unique communication skills. Communication consultant, mediator, and trial strategist extraordinaire she pioneered the practical use of nonverbal communication in Canada’s legal system. Ms. Madonik works with organizations, individuals, government, universities, colleges, law schools and law firms. Author of the landmark book, I Hear What You Say, But What Are You Telling Me?, her energized programs have become standing-room-only events.

*More information about Ms. Madonik and her book can be found at

Seating is limited – Register NOW !! Registration before December 1, 2003 is only: $65.00 for non-MANO members $50.00 for MANO members Registration after December 1, 2003: $75.00 for non-MANO members $60.00 for MANO members A continental breakfast is included with the training session. Lunch will be on your own. Please send the attached registration form to: Michelle Crew, MANO – Professional Education Committee 1660 West Second Street – Suite 850 Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1412 (216) 522-7656 Co-sponsored by: Ulmer & Berne LLP

And The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Cleveland District Office“Ensuring the Freedom to Compete in the Workplace”

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Basic Mediation Training for Winter/Spring 2004 January 17 (Sat.9-5), January 21 (Wed. 5-9), January 24 (Sat.9-5) March 29 (Mon. 9-5), March 31 (Wed. 9-1), April 5 (Mon. 9-5) Spring 2004 Divorce Mediation Training- 40 hour training; pre-requisite: basic mediation             training March 5 (Friday evening), March 6, March 7, March 19 (Friday evening), March 20, March 21  Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information contact:  Bob Curtis, Training Co-ordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail

Collaborative Family Law Training presented by John L. McElwee, JD. Thursday and Friday, December 4 & 5, 2003 at the Radisson Hotel Worthington (Columbus), Ohio. Cost $425 ($450 after November 15th) Contact John L. McElwee PO Box 42414, 9902 Carver Road, Cincinnati OH PhoneL513) 984-1811, Fax (513) 984-1812 e-mail:

Basic Mediation Training with Marie Hill and Lou Ann Wood at Beech Acres Mediation Center, January 29-30, 2004.  To register or receive a brochure, e-mail Marie at or call 513-231-6630.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training February 4 & 5 or April 14 & 15, 2004; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2004. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Schedule 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Basic Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training Information 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

Conflict Management Services
Presenters Cheryl M Lowry, Ph D, Robert N Wistner, JD, Leslie Martin, BA, and Kenneth T Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynetnet Website:

UNIFIED MEDIATION Designed for experienced mediators, this training introduces you to the unique theory and methodology of Gestalt which will strengthen and deepen your skills and help you reach the “next level” of your expertise in working with disputants. Workshop Description: Mediation is a process of problem solving, empowerment, and resolution. Gestalt theory and methodology are processes of awareness, action, contact and completion. Gestalt theory is based upon and grounded in perceptual psychology, holism, field and systems theory. In the hundred years since its initial development it has been studied, refined and applied with excellent results to individuals and groups of people in both therapeutic and organizational (including business) contexts. This workshop examines mediation and conflict resolution from a Gestalt perspective and teaches mediators how Gestalt processes can enhance and refine customary mediation work. Using the Cycle of Experience as the organizing framework, participants will learn and work through the stages of a mediation applying a variety of Gestalt tools and concepts. Through presentation of theory, and skill development exercises, participants will 1) learn the power of “use of self as intervenor,” 2) enhance their practice by understanding how to work with resistance, and 3) develop skill to work with the underlying energetic process of mediation. We are offering the course on two dates and at two different locations for your convenience. Register with the location at which you want to attend the workshop. Both sessions will start on Thursday at 3:00 and end on Sunday at 12:00 CLEs and CEUs will be available.

Ø April 29-May 2 at the Gestalt International Study Center on Cape Cod (


Ø August 13-16 at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (Ohio) ( 216/421-0468

MEDIATION TRAINING & CONSULTATION INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 40 HOUR DIVORCE AND CUSTODY MEDIATION TRAININGS (Mich., PA, IL) December 3-5 and 9-10, 2003 Ann Arbor, Michigan Faculty: Zena D. Zumeta, J.D., and associates “The best training in the field of mediation that I’ve been to!” Michigan Participant, 2002 To register or for more information, call 1-800-535-1155 or (734) 663-1155 or visit the MTCI website at Register one month prior to session start date and receive an early registration discount.

Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference. Next year around this time, we hope to warmly welcome you to Kitchener-Waterloo on June 2-5, 2004 for Interaction 2004 – Canada’s largest conflict resolution conference! At Interaction 2004, we will celebrate the struggles and triumphs of 30 years of conflict resolution in Canada. Inspiring keynote speakers, ground-breaking workshops and an outstanding conference ambiance make this another “must attend” conference of Conflict Resolution Network Canada! In the heartland of Ontario, you will experience special events like “Oktoberfest in June,” an outdoor “Plenary in the Park,” an Aboriginal Drama and Art Exhibit, the world famous Kitchener Farmer’s Market and a star studded Peace and Music Gala at Kitchener City Hall. While in the area, take a short drive to the world renowned Stratford Festival Theatre, Niagara Falls, or visit the charming village of St. Jacobs. A “Call for Proposals” for workshop presenters will go out in September 2003. We’ll keep you posted as we develop our full roster of speakers and events. Conflict Resolution Network Canada Réseau pour la Résolution de Conflits Canada Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 Phone: (519) 885-0880  Fax: (519) 885-0806 Web site:

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training – University of Houston Law Center Blakely Advocacy Institute A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center December 1-5, 2003 (Monday – Friday) and January 16-18 continuing January 23-25, 2004 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) Fee: $985 Contact Robyn G. Pietsch to register at 713.743.2066

Public Policy Dispute Resolution Date: December 3-5, 2003 Where: Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas School of Law, 512.471.3507 or Cost: $595 This interactive program provides instruction on the management of complex public policy disputes through consensus building and building organizational systems for collaboration and conflict management.  Participants will learn how to negotiate effectively for their interests, how to choose the appropriate process for public participation, how and when to use third-party professionals, and principles for establishing systems that promote collaboration before disagreements become expensive disputes.

40-Hour Basic Mediation Date: January 12-16, 2004 Where: Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at The University of Texas School of Law , 512.471.3507 or Cost: $895 for Government/Non-Profit; $1,045 for Private

This five-day program is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to mediate a variety of disputes.  During frequent role-plays, each participant will mediate a variety of disputes with feedback by experienced coaches.  This course is designed to satisfy the 40 classroom hours of training required by the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act § 154.052 and is required of those individuals interested in mediating court-referred disputes. Contact: Vicki Read Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution 512.232.1991 or 512.471.3507


Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management:
Ohio Mediation Association:
Ohio State Bar Association:
The Conflict Resolution Master of Arts degree program at Antioch University/McGregor School
The Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division has their new newsletter on-line at

“Addressing the Redress: A Discussion of the Status of the United State’s Postal Service’s Transformative Mediation Program” by Professor Lisa B Bingham, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Cardozo On-Line Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol 2, 2001, Go to Publications, then On Line Journal, Current Volumes, Volume 2 No 2, and Symposia and it is the first article.


Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

From Western Ohio: Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center


Ohio Mediation Association
c/o Ohio Commission on Dispute
Resolution and Conflict Management
77 South High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108