OMA Annual Conference

2019 Conference

Understanding Character Flaws: Navigating Challenging Relationships

The Ohio Mediation Association is excited to announce our 2019 Annual Conference!  The Conference will be held on March 1, 2019, at the Ohio State University Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43210.

Our speaker is the acclaimed trainer for the Institute for Brain Potential, Dr. Joseph Shannon.  Dr. Shannon has 35 years experience as a clinical psychologist and is recognized for using innovative teaching methods to illustrate mental disorders.

Do you ever wonder why parties to mediation unexpectedly alter their behavior and disrupt a mediated outcome?  Recent research suggests that as many as one in five individuals have a personality disorder.  These people often present as intelligent, articulate, and socially skilled.  They however, have recurring destructive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that create unnecessary distress for themselves and those around them.  These disorders will often land them in interpersonal disputes and eventually mediation.

It is therefore crucial for mediators to be able to recognize and react effectively to people with personality disorders.  These situations are especially difficult and often involve the other party feeling trapped, the personality-disordered party trying to convince you that the other side is crazy, and high levels of distrust and victimization expressed by both sides.  People with personality disorders often disrupt mediation with their hostility, imbalanced sense of fairness, dishonesty, complete lack of empathy, mood-changes, and manipulative tendencies.

OMA Member


Non-OMA Member

Week-of Registration

$110.00 $140.00

When: March 1, 2019

Where: OSU Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43210.

Time: Registration opens at  8:00 a.m., and the program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lunch will be provided during the membership meeting from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Registration includes lunch.

We hope to see you there!

Click here to visit the registration page.