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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

July / August 2008

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
July/August 2008

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: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Denise Nixon Sparks (614) 944-5764 dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.com
Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2008 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

October 3, 2008 A representative from Richard Cordray, State Treasurer’s Office “The 10 most frequently asked questions about foreclosure” Discussion on “Save our Homes Task Force” and how the mediators will play a role in foreclosures.

December 5, 2008 TBA

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page.) Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
by Maara Fink

For the past several weeks, I have searched in vain through all my old OMA newsletters, in an effort to find the “inaugural” article by any of our past-presidents. My intention, of course, was to “lift” as much material as I could without ending up getting sued for plagiarism. In spite of my best efforts, I came up empty-handed. So, here I sit in front of a blank screen trying to reduce into words all that I hope to achieve during my time as OMA President. But, then I realized, who wants to hear all of that? So, I’m going to try to boil it down to the basics.

Overall, my mission for the next two years is to continue the work of all those who have come before me and who have worked tirelessly to make this such a vibrant organization. Now that the foundation has been laid, my goal is to build on these successes and make OMA not only a vibrant but a vital organization for its members. I would like to know how you envision the OMA of the future? With a shared vision, we can ensure that our organization meets the needs of ALL members.

So, how do I think this all might be achieved? Well, here’s my plan in a nutshell – I am asking you all to get involved!

First, this column, at best, will provide you with a few witty remarks here and there but that’s about it. I’m relying on those of you who are better at this than I, to submit informative, educational, funny, and/or enlightening articles for inclusion in the OMA newsletter. Let us know what is going on in your neck of the woods – what is happening in your practice, at your court, or in your community.

Second, OMA is HITTING THE ROAD. We know you are out there and we’re coming to find you! I know that because of time and location, it is difficult for many of you to attend our wonderful bi-monthly meetings. That is why we are coming to you. In 2009, we would like to hold several of our meetings in various cities throughout the state. If you are interested in seeing us or hosting us in your area, let us know!

Third, tell me what you want and need from OMA. In order to make this an organization that meets your needs, we have to know what they are. Some we can help with, others (a tropical getaway) we can’t, but fill us in on it all anyway!

The point is, I can’t do any of this alone. We, the OMA Board, are the facilitators but YOU are the parties. I propose that we work together to build the OMA of the future.

Have a wonderful summer!

Cincinnati Takes a “Break for Peace”
By Cathie Kuhl

In observance of Conflict Management Week, the Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosted Conflict Management Day on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati at lunch time on Monday, May 5, 2008. The theme was “Break for Peace” and downtowners enjoying their lunch break on Fountain Square that day were treated to music and dancing, inspirational speakers, a raffle and the chance to meet and talk to representatives of local mediation service providers.

The program opened and closed with live music provided by Stan Hertzman and Barbara McManus–both trained mediators who also have great musical ability! Before and after the program, the public was free to browse and talk to the many professionals who were staffing information tables on the Square.

The emcee, Channel 5 television news reporter Michelle Hopkins, introduced the talented youth from the Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s “Unity Challenge Program” These young people entertained the crowd with their specially choreographed dance moves. The Unity Challenge Program seeks to inspire and teach youth the skills that re-channel negative experiences, emotions, and energies into positive accomplishments and offer peaceful resolution as an alternative to violence.

Although these kids were a hard act to follow, our guest speaker, the Honorable Ethna M. Cooper, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, was up to the challenge. She exhorted all of us to find peaceful ways to resolve conflict, just as the Unity Challenge youth were doing. Next, City of Cincinnati Councilmember Jeff Berding presented a proclamation on behalf of the Mayor, proclaiming May 5th as “Conflict Management Day in Cincinnati” and added his voice to those calling for peaceful resolution of conflict.

Two local mediators were recognized during the program. Diann Harper was recognized for the energy, time and hard work she expended as the Chairwoman of the Conflict Management Day Planning Committee; Cathie Kuhl was recognized for her contributions and achievements in the field of conflict resolution.

Before the program ended, several door prizes (peace lilies, what else?) donated by local businesses were bestowed upon lucky raffle winners, businesses also donated the many snacks that were distributed to the crowd that day. Everyone agreed that the “Break for Peace” was a huge success!

Mediators Play Key Role in Ohio Summit on Children
By Cathie Kuhl

The first Ohio Summit on Children, which Chief Justice Thomas Moyer and Governor Ted Strickland jointly hosted, took place in Columbus on May 1-2, 2008. Teams from 79 of Ohio’s 88 counties came together to assess the local strengths and challenges in the delivery of services to children.

Teams consisted of judges, children’s service agency directors, representatives from local funding authorities, school system administrators and service providers. The goals for the Summit were to build on existing initiatives and to foster collaborative efforts between county teams and the state to enhance the safety, well-being and permanent home environments of Ohio children. (More information about the Ohio Summit on Children can be found at www.summitonchildren.ohio.gov .)

During the two days of the Summit, team members engaged in a structured process to assess their county’s strengths and challenges, to review their county’s data, to identify issues and needed services, to identify others who should be involved, and to agree upon a local community plan for future action.

If that process sounds similar to mediation, it should come as no surprise that dozens of Ohio mediators volunteered their time and acted as facilitators for the county teams during the Summit. “Because of their unique skill-sets and experience, mediators played a key role in guiding team discussions at the Summit on Children,” said Chief Justice Moyer. “With the mediators’ facilitation, each county team developed a collaborative plan. It is the implementation of these plans that will ultimately determine the success of the Summit.”

When Crevon Tarrance, a Program Manager of the Supreme Court’s Dispute Resolution Section, learned that she was responsible for arranging facilitators for the event, she “instantly thought of contacting mediators in Ohio.” Ms. Tarrance’s instincts proved true as two out of every three facilitators recruited for the Summit were mediators. “A side benefit of using mediators at the Summit is that a lot of people across the state were exposed to mediators,” Ms. Tarrance said, “and experienced how mediators can help with individuals and families.” In addition, a video presentation on the first day of the Summit featured the Lucas County Juvenile Court Child Protection Mediation Program as an example of innovative programming for children.

The value of collaboration was a constant theme during the Summit. The judicial and executive branches of state government set the example by working together to bring about the event and to garner funding from the Pew Charitable Trust and other federal grants. Presenters at the Summit included Joan Ohl, Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Helen Jones-Kelly, Director of the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, the Honorable David A. Basinksi, Administrative Judge of the Lorain County Domestic Relations/Juvenile Court, Honorable William Byars, Jr., South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Director, and Jim Tressel, Ohio State University Head Football Coach. In addition to those notable speakers, the Summit recognized the value of seeking youth perspectives and provided attendees with a stirring keynote address by OSU student Cedric Riley, an Ohio foster care and adoption alumna, as well as a video presentation featuring several foster youth.

The message of collaboration resonated with the attendees. Steve Hanson, the Supreme Court’s Children, Families and the Courts Programs Manager, said that the county teams “overwhelmingly recognized the value of intersystem collaboration” based on feedback from the Summit. Mr. Hanson also said that a number of counties want to hold their own local Summits and that some of the county teams have requested facilitators to assist with the ongoing development of their local plans. Mr. Hanson expects that the Supreme Court may assist in connecting county teams with facilitators upon a county’s request.

The first Ohio Summit on Children was, by all accounts, a huge success. Mediators across Ohio can take pride in knowing that their colleagues contributed to that success.

The Foreclosure Crisis – Foreclosure Mediation Is Helping
By Stephen Grenier

I returned from the June 6th “Supreme Court Roundtable on Foreclosure Mediation” excited and disheartened. Excited by the success the Foreclosure Mediations are having by keeping families in their homes. Disheartened that many courts still don’t have a Foreclosure Mediation program.

Ohio ranks in the top six worst hit states facing foreclosures with over 153,000 foreclosures filed in 2007. The Mortgage Bankers Association just reported that “Once again this quarter, the rate of foreclosure starts and the percent of loans in the process of foreclosure are the highest recorded since 1979.” Cuyahoga and Franklin County are seeing a 75%-90% increase in Foreclosure filings over last year for all homes across all demographics. Personally, I’m mediating Foreclosures on homes worth up to $500k so far.

“Save the Dream”
“Save the Dream” is Ohio’s foreclosure prevention effort from Governor Strickland’s Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce in 2007. The Governor negotiated with nine Mortgage Servicers who signed the “Compact to Help Ohioans Preserve Homeownership.”

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Moyers urged, on February 5, 2008, Ohio Judges to customize and implement a pre-packaged Foreclosure Mediation Model that was complete with templates for court rules, sample forms, free training and implementation assistance to achieve the goal of giving “individuals involved in foreclosure cases the same access to mediation that has been regularly provided in other types of civil cases for over a decade”.

How the Legal Community is Responding
Most Ohio counties, including Franklin County, have yet to implement a Foreclosure Mediation program. Meanwhile, homeowners are being forced out of their homes, every day, at alarming rates.

The Ohio Supreme Court Dispute Resolution department has trained over 275 attorneys and mediators, representing forty-six of the eighty-eight Ohio counties, in classes across the state. Cuyahoga County just implemented their program that requires the Lender to appear in person for mediation. Delaware County, where I primarily practice, announced their Foreclosure Mediation program in March. Both Common Pleas judges, Judge Krueger and Judge Whitney, are strong advocates of the Foreclosure Mediation program and are experiencing great success. Delaware County, comprised of Delaware, Powell, Lewis Center, Galena and Westerville, has been the fastest growing county in Ohio since 2000 and has one of the highest percentages of foreclosure filings.

Job and Family Services is among some of the best referrals to these home owners. In the last two months in Delaware County alone, sixteen families have received over $35,000 in assistance paid directly to their lender to avoid foreclosures by the Delaware County Job and Family Services.

The Results We Are Seeing
At the roundtable, there was a collective excitement that many foreclosure Mediations are resulting in a “workout” where the homeowner keeps the home, which is the ultimate goal. We are seeing one of three primary outcomes; a Forbearance Plan and or a Mortgage Modification that keeps the homeowner in their home. The third is a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure where the homeowner surrender’s the home and the move out date, amount of 1099 income reporting and amount of deficiency can be negotiable.

As a non-native Ohioan, I’m proud to see this great State and Supreme Court rise to the occasion to help Ohioans Save their Dreams!

Stephen Grenier
Mediator & President
Progressive Consulting & Mediation
Private Practice and Court Mediator in the Delaware and Franklin Municipal, Domestic and Common Pleas courts

Sources:

http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/dispute_resolution/foreclosure/ChiefLetter.pdf
http://www.com.ohio.gov/SavetheDream/
http://governor.ohio.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=927
http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/dispute_resolution/foreclosure/default.asp
http://www.mortgagebankers.org/NewsandMedia/PressCenter/62936.htm

WANTED CONTRACT MEDIATORS: The Common Pleas Courts of Meigs and Gallia Counties are seeking mediators who would like to be listed on a roster of mediators willing to travel to Gallipolis and or Pomeroy, OH to mediate both civil and domestic relations cases if the staff mediator should be unable by absence or conflict of interest to mediate scheduled cases. Any mediators wishing to be included on the roster may apply by sending a resume to Martha Camp, Meigs County Court of Common Pleas, 100 2nd Street, Pomeroy, OH 45769.

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 fredricks@mcohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

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, 2008. 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 noon on the second Wednesday of each 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. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137 If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

Antioch University McGregor Announcement
Richard J. McGuigan, Ph.D., will be joining the Antioch University McGregor faculty this July as the Chair of the Conflict Analysis and Management Department. Dr. McGuigan, with more than two decades of experience leading one of Canada’s most successful dispute resolution practices, brings impressive expertise in transformational reflective practice, public policy development, community engagement, academic leadership, and professional development programming. Please review Dr. McGuigan’s faculty page at http://www.mcgregor.edu/faculty/rmcguigan/index.html to learn more about him. With Dr. McGuigan’s leadership, we will be launching our newly revised programs in Conflict Analysis and Management (CAM) this fall. These innovative programs are designed with three unique hallmarks through which our learners develop an appreciation for the ways values, beliefs, and theories influence personal and professional approaches to conflict.

An integral approach to understanding conflict Transformational reflective practice

A Developmental curriculum Our CAM programs expand McGregor’s 15-year legacy as a leader in innovative graduate education in the conflict field. In addition, we continue our rich tradition of serving students who choose to continue to meet obligations to family, work, and home community as they develop into artful and skilled theorist practitioners. We offer a limited residency, online master of arts degree (18 months, 48 credits) and graduate certificate (9 months, 24 credits).  We encourage you to learn more about us by going to our website (http://www.mcgregor.edu/cr). If you would like to learn more about how our master’s degree will be able to fit into your already busy life, or to apply, please contact me at iweisman@mcgregor.edu or 937.769.1890 or Rob McLaughlin, Enrollment Services Manager, at robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu or 937.769.1816. Sincerely, Iris M. Weisman, Ed.D. Associate Dean Graduate Liberal and Professional Studies

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

April 15-18, 2009 Eleventh Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers New York

July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois

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 Denise Sparks for assistance.

New and renewing members since April 19, 2008:

Joseph W. Anyimadu 

3446 Cunard Square

Columbus OH 43227

(614) 441-4243 

Fax: (614) 475-7279

Newstar11@columbus.rr.com

TALK WORKS! Mediation Services 

c/o Marie U. Bader
P.O. Box 176206
Covington KY 41017-6206

(859) 380-2137 

mubader@insightbb.com

Amy R. Bayliff 

1626 Oakland Parkway

Lima OH 45805

(567) 204-6556 

AMY@BAYDAISY.COM

Stephen P. Calardo, JD 

Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314

(513) 598-5000 

Fax (513) 598-5500

scalardo@fuse.net

Martha Camp Meigs Co. Court of Common Pleas 

100 E. 2nd Street, Box 302

Pomeroy OH 45769

(740) 992-6439 

meigscountymediation@yahoo.com

Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Maggie Henry
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177
(937) 383-3286 

Fax (937) 383-1245

mhenry@clintoncountycourts.org

Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC Dale Eilerman
3797 Willow Creek Drive
Dayton OH 45415
(937) 219-4996 

dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com

Iris A. Cooper, Ohio Department of Development 

77 S. High Street, POB 1001

Columbus OH 43216-1001

(614) 728-7367 

Fax: (614) 466-0829

icooper@odod.state.oh.us

John J. Cruze Hamilton Co. Common Pleas ADR 

1000 Main St. Room 450
Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 256-6642 

Fax: (513) 946-5477

jcruze@cms.hamilton-co.org

William F. Denkewalter, Houston, Harris & Denkewalter LLC One Monument Square #200 P.O. Box 38130 

Urbana OH 43078

(937) 653-7186 

Fax: (937) 653-3293

wfdesq@ctcn.net

Maara Fink University of Toledo College of Law 

2801 Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606

(419) 530-4236 

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Dr. Larry Fong, R. Psych, Fong Ailon Canniff Suite 115—1st Street SW 

Calgary, AB T2P 0B3 Canada

Phone     1,403,266,2017 

Fax          1,403,266,4998

fong@worldpsych.ca

Franklin County Domestic Relations & Juvenile Court c/o Marya Kolman 

373 S. High St. 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215-4598

(614) 462-5872 

Fax: (614) 462-3748

Marya_Kolman@fccourts.org

Franklin Co. Municipal Court Pat Benchia, Asst. Manager Small Claims Division 375 South High St., 16th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4520

(614) 645-8500 

Fax: (614) 645-8465

benchiap@fcmcclerk.com

Guardian Settlement Services Germaine LeBourveau-Smith 

5151 S. Main Street, Suite E

Sylvania OH 43560

(419) 517-4081 

Fax: (419) 517-5081

germaine@getguardian.com

Jessica M. Harmon Harmon ADR Services 

98 Kelly Marie Drive

Pataskala OH 43062

(614) 403-3590 

harmonmediation@earthlink.net

Daniel Gibson Harry 

P.O. Box 45

Bethany WV 26032

(304) 829-4807 

Dang_harry@yahoo.com

Wendy S. Hawbaker Ashtabula County Joint Court Mediation Project 

25 West Jefferson St.

Jefferson OH 44047

(440) 576-3239 

Fax: (440) 576-4639

WSHawbaker@co.ashtabula.oh.us

Joseph Law Services Co., LPA 

c/o Brett R. Joseph, Esq.

293 Main Street

Conneaut OH 44030

(440) 599-1445 

Fax: (440) 599-2199

brett@josephlawservices.com

Edward M. Krauss Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130
(614) 444-5872 

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Maryann T. Liguore, Esq. 

N 1792 County Road V

Denmark WI 54208

(920) 863-1792 

Fax: (920) 863-1793

mliguore@hotmail.com

Rex A. Littrell Ulmer & Berne LLP 

88 East Broad St., Suite 1600

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 229-0012 

Fax: (614) 229-0013

rlittrell@ulmer.com

Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980
loweryb5@aol.com
Lucas Co. DR Court c/o Denise Logan
429 N. Michigan St., Ste. A
Toledo OH 43604-5621
(419) 213-6800 

Fax: (419) 213-6808

dlogan@co.lucas.oh.us

James P. Luton Attorney at Law 

131 S. Prospect Street

Marion OH 43302

(740) 382-6588 

Fax: (740) 375-5372

Lutonlaw@brightdsl.net

Michael Angelo Massa, J.D. 

3920 Sandstone Circle

Powell OH 43065

(614) 204-3770 

MichaelMassa@msn.com

Rob McLaughlin, M.A. Antioch McGregor 

800 Livermore Street

Yellow Springs OH 45387-1609

(937) 769-1816 

Fax: (937) 769-1804

robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu

Jerome F. Weiss, Mediation, Inc. 

1600 Midland Building 101 Prospect Avenue W.Cleveland OH 44115

(216) 589-9995 

Fax: (216) 589-9723

mediator@mediationresolve.com

Cynthia Morgan 

2968 Meadowbrook Blvd.

Cleveland Heights OH 44118

(216) 371-0607 

Fax: (216) 397-5671

CMBMORGAN@GMAIL.COM

LaTanya L. Moss Creative Solutions Mediation Services 

7715 Waggoner Chase Blvd.

Blacklick OH 43004

(614) 626-0600 

Fax: (614) 626-0600

LMOSS1@hotmail.com

Mary E. Murphy 

2639 M.L. King, Jr. Drive

Cleveland OH 44104

(216) 721-8945 

murnak@sbcglobal.net

Brenda Ohlinger Solution Builders Mediation Services
5900 Sawmill Road, Suite 110 Dublin OH 43017
(614) 761-2540 

Fax: (614) 761-2988

ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com

Resolve Mediation Services LLC c/o Denise Nixon-Sparks 

4200 Regents St. #200

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 944-5764 

Fax: (614) 944-5796

dnsparks@resolvemediationservices.com

Carolyn Streit Roehrig 

10428 Lee’s Creek Road

Harrison OH 45030

(513) 246-0511 

Fax: (513) 246-0525

CarroleMarie@aol.com

Barbara K. Roman, Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis 

28601 Chagrin Blvd. #500

Cleveland OH 44122

(216) 831-0042 

Fax: (216) 831-0542

broman@meyersroman.com

Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207
(614) 491-5597 

Fax (614) 491-3404

Russellviv@aol.com

Shaker Mediation Center, LLC. Matt Mennes, JD 

3401 Enterprise Parkway # 340

Beachwood OH 44122

(216) 766-5717 

Fax: (216) 766-5796

Mennesm@aol.com

www.shakermediation.com

Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258
(330) 499-3069 

N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Edward M. Schneider Maguire Mediation 

190 East Avenue

Tallmadge OH 44278

(330) 633-0666 

Fax: (330) 633-0626

ed@maguirelegalgroup.com

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road 

Junction City OH 43748

(740) 987-7466 

Fax: (740) 987-7466

confidentialjustice@yahoo.com

Leslie Swift, Ph.D.LLC
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 791-8849 

Fax (513) 791-8873

drswift@fuse.net

Paula J. Trout, JD, MBA, MPA, CTM Alternative Dispute Resolution Forums 

589 Locust Court

Westerville, Ohio

Phone: 614-893-8308 

pjtroutmlm@aol.com

Watkins Global Network, LLC c/o Mario W. Watkins 

3556 Sullivant Avenue

Columbus OH 43204

(614) 351-7420 

Fax: (614) 351-7430

Global.i3431@att.net

Denton S. Whitney 

5737 Sells Mills Drive

Dublin OH 43017

(614) 734-0415 

Whitney.51@osu.edu

Robert N. Wistner, JD Wistner Center for Collaborative Divorce Planning 

5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100

Dublin OH 43017

(614) 734-8354 

Fax: (614) 717-9586

rwistner@columbus.rr.com

Kevin R. Zehe Mid Ohio Mediation Services 

P.O. Box 3895

Mansfield OH 44907

(419) 774-9262 

Fax: (419) 774-9264

medohiosrv@hotmail.com

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 10 & 11, or December 3 & 4, 2008 or February 18 & 19, or April 15 & 16, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008 or May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2009. 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 .

SAVE THE DATE for our next International Conference Aug. 25-26, 2008, in Santa Barbara, California “New Waves of Transformative Practice: New Voices, New Frontiers, New Challenges” Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at  www.transformativemediation.org Fulfilling the Promise of Mediation…

Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Southern Methodist University, 5228 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 118, Plano TX 75024 dispute.resolution@smu.edu (972) 473-3435 www.resolution.smr.edu Systems Design in Dispute Resolution September 19-21 & 26-28, 2008 Judy Mares-Dixon, M.A.

The 2008 Professional Skills Programs in Dispute Resolution: Vermont October 23-25, 2008 Mediation Workshops: STAR: A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies, Advanced Mediation Skills and Techniques, Advanced Collaborative Family Law, Specialized Mediation Handling Challenging Employment, Professional Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases, Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Settlement Skills, The Impact of Culture and Gender on Mediation and Negotiation. To register or for more information visit www.straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342

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

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

From Western Ohi 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

July / August 2007

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
July/August 2007

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cradigan@insight.rr.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2007 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

August 3, 2007 How is the UMA doing in Ohio? A year and a half’s perspective. Shirley Cochran, Attorney at Law and Mediator.

October 5, 2007 Mediating with Schools to Meet Needs of Children with Disabilities. Steve Polovick, Mediation Coordinator Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children

December 7, 2007 Probate and Guardianship Mediation. Ann L. Snyder, Magistrate Summit County Probate Court All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page.) Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
By Jay M. Patterson
An Easy Way to Help Yourself by Helping the Whole

As most of you know, I have a deep seeded belief that every mediator has an obligation to play her or his personal role in advancing this profession that has yet to realize its true potential for improving quality of life. (In the past, you might have, indeed, heard this theme from me a time or two or three…or more.) Fulfilling that obligation can come in many forms. We don’t all need to contribute in the same way. Mediators can find the path that fits them best. The key is to find some route to do more than simply the good work we do with our own clients.

So, for those of you that have yet to find a way to contribute in a fashion that suits you, I have another suggestion for an easy way for you to help your profession advance. You can simply contact one or more mediators you know that might not yet be a member of OMA and urge them to join the only statewide professional mediation association serving all regions, styles and settings of mediation. In order to make this as easy as possible for you, we have drafted a template letter available on our web site, www.mediateohio.org for you to use in whole or to modify to your satisfaction. You can simply click on “Join OMA! Letter” and use this Word formatted document to forward via email or regular mail to other mediators. In this way, you can help OMA build resources to act on behalf of the profession as a collective whole. This, in turn, will help all individual mediators.

I believe our profession’s best days are ahead of us. I also believe those better days will not occur automatically. Our future as a profession rests largely on our ability to be less passive as a profession and by asserting ourselves as the true professionals we are. In my opinion, we can best achieve this through the collective action that starts with individual commitment.

As always, I invite you to share your thoughts either in agreement or disagreement to me, personally, or in a letter to the editor of this newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution Supports Ohio’s Youth with Diverse Programming
By Sarah Wallis

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management serves as a source for information and technical assistance in the areas of mediation, facilitation, conflict resolution education and much more. However, the Commission is unique as a Dispute Resolution state agency in that it has a position dedicated to supporting conflict resolution capacity in K-12 schools and colleges/universities throughout Ohio.

The Education section of the Commission is currently involved in an evaluation project with Vanderbilt University, a partnership with Cleveland State University and Temple University in Pennsylvania, as well as an innovative project to train staff in all eight Juvenile Corrections Facilities under the administration of the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

The Vanderbilt project is an evaluation of the effectiveness the Ohio model of comprehensive school based conflict management. The Ohio model consists of training a school based site team and providing follow up training throughout the year. In addition the program provides technical support, expertise, and guidance on implementing an action plan based on the School Conflict Management Resource Guides. The Resource Guides are a collection of hundreds of student oriented conflict management activities developed jointly by the Commission and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). This model for building conflict management capacity has been implemented in over 800 schools throughout Ohio. It has been shown that with proper implementation, which includes each student in the building receiving 25 lessons on the conflict management concepts (understanding conflict, understanding emotions, communication skills and problem solving), the climate of a school will shift in a positive direction, and will reduce fights and office referrals.

The school site teams consist of at least one administrator and three teachers. The administrator is required as they set the tone for the building and are essential for sustainability. The rest of the school team is made up of other staff-i.e. school nurses, school resource officers, guidance counselors, or other teachers. After being trained the school team becomes responsible for implementing and coordinating the school conflict management curriculum. There are currently 50 schools throughout Ohio that are participating in the evaluation. Based on the results of this evaluation the Ohio model could be endorsed as a Federal best practice.

The partnership with Cleveland State University and Temple University is a project funded by the US Department of Education and the Gund Foundation of Cleveland. This project, Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) is designed to incorporate conflict resolution skills (problem solving, emotional literacy, understanding conflict) into the curriculum of teacher training programs. The incorporation of these skills will enhance the likelihood of teachers remaining in the teaching profession and being even more effective in the classroom. This program has just received extension funding for two years and will be expanding to the University of Akron and Goucher College in Maryland.

The Commission is also developing a pilot curriculum for teacher training programs based on interactive video simulations to enhance decision-making around conflict situations in classrooms and school settings.

The most recent area of interagency collaboration is the partnership with the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS). DYS and the Commission are working together to train staff in all eight DYS facilities and integrate the conflict management resource guides into the education and social work curriculum for the youth. This training is designed to build capacity within each facility to train their own staff and provide alternatives to physical altercations for both youth and employees.

This is an overview of the major projects of the Education section of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, if you are interested in learning more about these projects please contact Sarah Wallis at sarah.wallis@cdr.state.oh.us or 614-644-9275.

For information on other areas of Commission, including trainings and projects please go to www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov .

Don’t forget to renew your membership in OMA.

Due’s year is May 1st – April 30th each 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 fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you

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, 2007. 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

Job Announcements: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio 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. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President. An additional website to check is at Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

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 noon on the second Wednesday of each 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. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

Association for Conflict Resolution News
Mark your calendar to join colleagues and friends at the Association for Conflict Resolution Seventh Annual Conference “Rethinking the Table: People, Places and Practices” October 24-27, 2007 Held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel in beautiful downtown Phoenix, Arizona Program, hotel and travel information will be posted at www.ACRnet.org as details become available.

Conflict Resolution Day Facts at a Glance:

  • 2007 will mark the third annual celebration of Conflict Resolution Day
  • In 2006, there were at least 22 official proclamations from states, counties and cities recognizing Conflict Resolution Day
  • The conflict resolution day logo of a tree was designed to match the intention for Conflict Resolution Day to grow organically from the “grassroots.”
  • Conflict Resolution Day 2006 was celebrated in North America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe

Conflict Resolution Day 2007 is October 18. How will you celebrate? For great ideas and listings of past events,

visit www.ACRnet.org/crday.

ACR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH
Summary – JDG Associates has been engaged to conduct the search for the Executive Director position at the Washington, DC-based Association for Conflict Resolution. ACR is the nation’s largest professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. Its mission is to advance the practice, research, public understanding and teaching of conflict prevention and resolution. With more than 5,000 members, ACR works in a wide range of settings throughout the United States and around the world. A multicultural and multidisciplinary organization, ACR offers its members conferences, professional interest sections, insurance products, regional chapters, quality assurance initiatives, training standards, and public policy representation. The position reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for instilling in the staff a team-oriented, community approach for working together, based on the values of ACR and the field of conflict resolution, as well as a culture of “customer-oriented” responsiveness to membership. ACR’s website is www.acrnet.org. Principal responsibilities:Working with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of the organization; works with the Treasurer to ensure and maintain ACR’s fiscal integrity. Manages and supervises the administrative offices of ACR including oversight of all staffing and personnel issues, and the development and maintenance of policies and procedures. Supervises all aspects of educational events for the Association, including annual conferences, section conferences, professional development and technical assistance programming, as well as oversees the publication of ACR’s journal, newsletters and website. Works with the Board and staff to create, plan and coordinate long-range strategies, including the development and articulation of a compelling vision of ACR for its fundraising activities. Develops and strengthens partnerships with allied organizations and key stakeholders and constituencies; represents ACR at conferences and other events. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree with a major in public administration, business administration, behavioral health, communications or related discipline; Master’s preferred. Strong track record in management of a non-profit, member-based organization with sections and/or chapters very helpful, as would be experience in: Working with board of directors and committees; Organizing and managing large educational events/conferences; Promoting diversity and equity throughout an organization; Member recruitment and retention strategies; Fund raising; Promoting a positive image of an organization. Strong oral and written communication skills are essential. Reply T PAUL BELFORD, Principal JDG Associates, Ltd. 1700 Research Boulevard Rockville, MD 20850 301 340 2210 belford@jdgsearch.com

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

August 9-11, 2007 ABA Annual Meeting San Francisco California

April 2-5, 2008 Tenth Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton Seattle, Washington

August 7-9, 2008 ABA Annual Meeting New York

April 15-18, 2009 Eleventh Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers New York

July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois

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 Christy Radigan for assistance.

Correction: Barbara A. Venesy, Law Office of Barbara A. Venesy (not Offices)

Sandusky & Seneca Co. Co. Pleas Court Barbara J. Ansted
201 N. Park Avenue Fremont OH 43420
(419) 334-7436 

Fax (419) 334-8866

barbthemediator@sbcglobal.net

Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377
(937) 264-2336 

Martha.antolik@wright.edu

W004mla@who.rr.com

Stephen P. Calardo, JD 

Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314

(513) 598-5000 

Fax (513) 598-5500

scalardo@fuse.net

Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC
Dale Eilerman
3797 Willow Creek Drive
Dayton OH 45415
(937) 219-4996 

dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton OH 45435
(937) 775-2067/264-2336 

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

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

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville OH 45309-1710
(937) 307-1988 

CAHSYS@VERIZON.NET

Diane M. Jeffers 

3693 Sunset Drive

Columbus OH 43221

(614) 296-7543 

mediationconcept@yahoo.com

Edward M. Krauss
Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130
(614) 444-5872 

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Rex A. Littrell 

Ulmer & Berne LLP

88 East Broad St., Suite 1600

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 229-0012 

Fax: (614) 229-0013

rlittrell@ulmer.com

Brenda Ohlinger
5900 Sawmill Road, Suite 110 Dublin OH 43017
(614) 761-2540 

Fax: (614) 761-2988

ohlingermb@columbus.rr.com

Michelle Parker 

3956 Darby Park

Hilliard OH 43026

(614) 774-5913 

Mchel5@aol.com

Julie A. Schafer, Esq.
755 White Pond Dr., Suite 403
Akron OH 44320
(330) 864-2003 

Fax (330) 864-7155

JASchafer@schaferlaw.com

Paula J. Trout, JD, MBA, MPA, CTM Alternative Dispute Resolution Forums 

589 Locust Court

Westerville, Ohio

Phone: 614-893-8308 

pjtroutmlm@aol.com.

Kent Valin Community Mediation Center of Stark Co. 5105 Beechgrove NE Canton OH 44705 (330) 492-3306 

kentandnora@neo.rr.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

Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244
(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

NEWS: Mediation Training Institute International is for sale. MTI is the most prominent source of mediation training in the world. Acquisition by an Ohio ADR firm, academic institution, or large law firm would immediately propel the new owner to being the global leader in ADR training. Inquiries outside Ohio also welcome. This is a truly unique opportunity for a visionary entrepreneur in dispute resolution. Request the detailed prospectus at http://www.mediationworks.com/sale/ For MTI’s physical street address and telephone contact numbers, visit http://www.mediationworks.com/contact.htm

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 12 & 13, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11, 2007. 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 .

Pepperdine University School of Law presents A World Class View of Dispute Resolution, the 20th Annual Professional Skills Program with seventeen courses, thirty-seven faculty, over 300 participants from around the world, two and a half days of interactive dialogue and in cooperation with Mediate.com. Woodstock, Vermont co-sponsored by Vermont Law School, October 4-6, 2007. To register or for more information, visit straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342.

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

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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

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

From Western Ohi 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

July / August 2006

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Monthly(?) Publication July/August 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com
Web Guru: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2006 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

October 6, 2006 Settlement Hearings: Christine Magee, JD, Chief Magistrate Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court with Beth Leger, Sue Tucker, and Sandra Fredrick, LSW Mediator and Judge Carol

J. Dezso of the Summit County Court.

December 1, 2006 Keystone (Peter Adler and others) called an invitation only conference to discuss the current and future state of the mediation profession. Our Treasurer, Dan DeStephen accepted the invitation and “had” to spend a weekend in October in a beautiful lodge in Denver. Come hear what the 70 or so who were part of this historic conference had to say from one of the attendees.

February 2, 2007 Debbie Taylor, Victim Offender Mediation in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page)

 

President’s Column
Is Anybody Out There?
By Jay M. Patterson

My first column as president in the May 2006 OMA Newsletter, Mediate Ohio asked you to consider your personal role in advancing the field of mediation. In that column I stated my belief that a strong professional association is one of the essential elements necessary to advance the field of mediation.

I also stated that OMA hoped to establish several committees in order to foster the advancement of mediation. The column further asked members to play their part in advancing the field by volunteering to serve on a committee. Since that time the silence has been deafening.

Although we do have one committee under way (i.e. the Case Study committee), I’m not aware of a single member stepping up to participate on any other committee. If you are waiting for another mediator to do the job for you, this column is to put you on notice that it is not occurring. The other committees OMA had hoped to establish are, Membership, Speakers/Topics (for bi-monthly meetings), Annual Conference; and two ad hoc committees, Web site/ Technology and Public Policy. These committees will almost certainly not be established unless members step up and do their part.

As I said, if you are satisfied with the state of the field of mediation, then perhaps you don’t see the need to actively participate in OMA to work on advancing the field. If, on the other hand, you think more could and should be done through a professional association then, in my opinion, you lose your right to complain about the lack of the fulfillment of mediation’s potential if you don’t do your part to advance the field as a whole.

Break the silence. Your profession needs you. OMA needs you. Please contact me personally or another Board Member to either volunteer or obtain more information before you commit.

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 fredricks@mcohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is September 20, 2005. 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

Job Announcements: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio 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. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President. An additional website to check is at Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

 

Association for Conflict Resolution News

Come and participate in ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference, “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping The Future,” in Philadelphia, PA, October 25-28th.  The conference will host a variety of workshops, lectures, panels and intimate roundtable discussions on the issues of conflict resolution with some of the most experienced professionals in the field.  The conference itself is set up in collaboration with ACR’s overall mission, “to enhance the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.”  The conference is open to anyone interested in educating, learning, and participating in conflict resolution skills and techniques. You will not want to miss this opportunity to share conflict resolution theories and practices. We guarantee this is a wonderful experience for your overall professional development, not to mention a one-of-a-kind chance to network with the best professionals in the field! ACR thanks you for your valuable contribution to the conflict resolution field.  See http://acrnet.org/conferences/ac06/ac06-homepage.htm Editorial Comment: Ohio’s mediation community is well represented at this conference as for example, this year’s ACR President is our own Terry Wheeler, Myra Kolman is conference educational co-chair or whatever her official title is, and OMA Immediate Past President Shirley Cochran will be presenting so come to Philly and join with all the Ohioans who will be there soaking up the history of the area.

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 Martha Antolik for assistance.

 

ABC Resolution c/o Tina Neyer
8212 Indian Trail Drive
Cincinnati OH 45243
(513) 256-2408 

Fax: (513) 354-3698

tlneyer@hotmail.com

Martha Boyce 

3950 Fenwick Road

Columbus OH 43220

(614) 459-1783 

MEBK2001@hotmail.com

Crime Victim Services c/o David Voth
116 W. North Street
Lima OH 45801
(419) 222-8666 

Fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@wcoil.com

Walter N. Harrop 

203 Freer Court

Ashland OH 44805

(419) 289-8344 

wdharrop@zoominternet.net

Lynn Hensler—Contractor 

3823 Foxtail Lane
Cincinnati OH 45248

(513) 941-1881 

lynnhensler@yahoo.com

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way
Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 378-8548 

mmhill@fuse.net

Counseling Services of Marietta. LLC c/o Megan Krivchenia, M.Ed. L.P.C.C. 

115 2nd Street

Marietta OH 45750

(740) 373-7792 

Fax: (740) 374-3551

mlkriv@charter.net

Faye Sutton List
42857 N. Ridge Road 

Elyeria OH 44035

(440) 324-9619 

Fax: (440) 324-9001

fayelist@hotmail.com

Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Office 

c/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover

225 Court Street, Room 301

Elyria OH 44035

(440) 328-2250 

Fax: (440) 328-2252

lorainecountyadr@alltel.net

Smart Choices Mediation Services c/o Leslie Powell Martin, Unit B
1989 Unionville Crt. 

Helena Montana 59601

(406) 449-1310 

lesmartl@3riversdbs.net

Donald R. Smith, Ph.D. 

Doppler and Newton, Inc.

531 Cressida Circle

Spring Hill FL 34609

(352) 683-8440 

Fax: (352) 683-8411

DOCVALHALL@HOTMAIL.COM

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road 

Junction City OH 43748

(740) 987-7466 

Fax: (740) 987-7466

confidentialjustice@yahoo.com

Dr. John Spiesman 

P. O. Box 042
Thompson OH 44086-0042

(440) 992-1144 x 26 

Fax: (440) 998-1996

DrSpiesman@aol.com

Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section 

c/o Jacqueline C. Hagerott

65 S. Front Street, 6th Floor

Columbus OH 43215-3431

(614) 387-9420 

Fax: (614) 387-9409

hagerotj@sconet.state.oh.us

Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator 

555 N. Erie Street

Toledo OH 43604

(419) 245-1951 

Fax: (419) 245-1802

James.petas@noris.org

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive 

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050 

Lindawbesq@aol.com

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
2006-2007 Meeting Schedule

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 noon on the second Wednesday of each 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. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information.

September 13, 2006: Jack Spille facilitates a discussion of the results of the recent survey sent to members regarding the mission, organizational structure and future direction of the Mediation Council.

October 11, 2006: Jay Patterson, Ohio Mediation Association (OMA) President, addresses the group about the OMA and leads an informal and interactive discussion about ways in which the OMA and the Mediation Council could work together.

November 8, 2006: Marie Hill presents on the topic of “Collaborative Practice”. Learn about this relatively new form of ADR in which a variety of professionals, who are trained in the principles of Collaborate Practice, come together to resolve divorce conflicts.

December, 2006: No Meeting

January 10, 2007: “Do Men and Women Communicate Differently When in Conflict?” Cynthia Berryman-Fink, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Women’s Studies at the University of Cincinnati discusses whether and how communication differs between the sexes when in conflict.

February 14, 2007: “Mediating Wrongful Death Cases: One Mediator’s Experience” Roz Florez, Mediator, Hamilton County Common Pleas ADR, shares her experiences and thoughts on mediating these types of cases.

March 14, 2007: Cathie Kuhl reviews and leads the group in a discussion about the book Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro.

April 11, 2007: “Mediation Case Studies” Marie Bader presents two cases and leads the group in a discussion of those cases.

May 9, 2007: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Announces the 5th Annual

Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training October 19-20, 2006

Sheraton City Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Join some of North America's leading mediators and mediation advocates in a two-day interactive course on advanced mediation and advocacy skills. From preparation for mediation to impasse-breaking tips, participants will learn successful strategies and techniques used by experienced mediators and advocates. This lively cross-border program offers you an unparalleled opportunity-engaging presentations, short, to-the-point plenary sessions, and interactive small-group discussions exploring each stage of the mediation process. In addition to presentations by experienced mediators, to add an advocate's perspective to all topics, the plenary sessions include in-house counsel, and plaintiff's and defense attorneys, all with extensive experience in mediation.

Featuring Small Group Sessions to Encourage Full Participation , High Faculty-to-Participant Ratio to Maximize Skills , Limited Attendance , Practice Development Tips and Strategies , Cocktail Reception with the Faculty For more information visit:

http://www.abanet.org/dispute/documents/toronto_%20flyer_2006.pdf To register fax the completed registration form to 202-662-1683.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 13 & 14, or November 29 & 30, 2006 or February 21 & 22 or April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2006 or May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, 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 .

 

Basic Mediation Training for Residence Life Staff, Students, and Higher Education Faculty Sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 , 9AM to 5PM Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

· Do you often deal with conflict?

· Are you looking for new and more effective ways to address conflict at your university?

· Would you like to improve your own conflict resolution skills?

· Would you like to use new mediation concepts and skills to manage conflict in your university environment?

You are invited to attend a basic mediation skills training sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. The training will focus specifically on mediation in residence life settings in higher education.

Who should attend: Priority in attendance will be given to teams (at least 2 individuals from an Ohio college or university) including University/College Resident Assistants, Residence Hall Directors, Area Coordinators, and students from Residence Life.

When: September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 from 9AM to 5PM, with one free hour for lunch.

Where: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Cost: Training fees will be covered by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, however, each attendee will need to pay $25 to cover the cost of the training manual. Lunch will not be provided.

Training Topics include:

· Conflict 101 · Definition, Characteristics, and Standards of Mediation
· Mediation Stages · Active listening skills
· Mediation Skills · Ethical issues and confidentiality

Attendance at all three days is required. A complete information packet including location, parking, agenda, and a request for sample case studies will be mailed to applicants upon receipt of their registration form.  A certificate will be issued upon completion of the three day training.

The training will be conducted by Kenzi Bisbing from Townhall II in Kent, Ohio, and Teresa Cusma from the Community Mediation Center Stark County in Canton, Ohio.

Registration Deadline September 1st, 2006. Space is limited to 30 participants and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Teams of Ohio college and university faculty/staff and students from residence life will receive priority.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Batton, Director of Education Programs, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at 614-644-9275 or via email at Jennifer.Batton@cdr.state.oh.us.

 

Beech Acres Mediation Training September 28-29, 2006 Join us from 9am—4:30 pm to learn conflict resolution skills. 12–Hour Basic Class This program will present the basic process of mediation. The style is interactive using video and role-play. Class is offered for attorneys, court personnel, EAP staff, educators, mental health professionals, clergy and those who wish to learn the skills of mediation. Goal: Introduces basic concepts of mediation & role play to work out family and workplace conflict scenarios. Objectives: • Participant will understand the difference between mediation & counseling. • Participant will understand the different models of mediation. • Course will cover different ethical issues & how professionals using mediation can address those issues. • Participants will practice mediation techniques & writing agreements. Continuing Education Credits: 12 CEU clock hours are available for social workers and counselors licensed in Ohio. CLE credits are available for Ohio attorneys. 6881 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati, OH Register by 9/5/06 to receive a special rate of only $225. Bring a friend and receive an additional $50 off your registration. Location: Beech Acres Administration Building Cost: $250 VISA and Master Card are accepted. Training manual is included. Full payment is required at time of registration. Checks should be payable to Beech Acres. Continental breakfast each day. Snacks are served in the afternoon. Lunch on your own. Cancellation: Deposit is refundable (less $25.00 service fee) up to 1 week prior to the training. For Questions: Call 513-231-6630 or email:sjames@beechacres.org

 

Register early for Purpose Drives Practice: An International Conference on Transformative Mediation St. Paul, MN  / September 17th & 18th, 2006.

    • Join Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, Winners of the 2006 Andrew Thomas PeaceBuilder Award, along with Andrew Thomas, visionary leader in community mediation for over 25 years, and other highly regarded speakers.
    • Presented by The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, with Platinum Co-sponsors, The Conflict Resolution Center of the University of North Dakota, The Conflict Studies Programs and the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University, Hofstra University School of Law, and Twin Cities Mediation.

Go to http:// transformativemediation.org to see the full list of workshops and to register now. Dan Simon 612-824-8988 http://twincitiesmediation.com Twin Cities Mediation 1716 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN  55408 Sign up by July 28th to receive the early-bird discount! In addition to transformative mediation’s creators, developers, trainers, practitioners, and biggest clients, our conference will feature leaders from other fields, including:

      • Michael Herman, a pioneer in the practice of Open Space Technology.
      • Mary Rose OReilly, teacher, contemplative thinker and author of Radical Presence:  Teaching as Contemplative Practice, The Peaceable Classroom, and The Barn at the End of the World.
      • Kay Pranis, influential teacher and practitioner in the Restorative Justice movement.
      • Stu Webb, creator of collaborative law.

Please join all of us for an exploration of how our underlying values affect our work. Registration and full conference brochure at http://transformativemediation.org Register early to guarantee your place in St. Paul!

ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEY-MEDIATORS Presents “Advanced Mediator Training:  Tricks of the Trade” Friday, November 10, 2006 Houston, Texas Houston Marriott West Loop, 1750 West Loop South, By the Galleria 1-800-613-3982 Room Block Code by phone:  Association of Attorney-Mediators $129.00 Per Night Rate www.marriottwestloop.com (Internet Reservation Group Code: AAM_AAMA) Training begins at approximately 8:30 am and adjourns at 5:30 pm. Agenda and registration information will “appear” on the website soon.  www.attorney-mediators.org Save the Date. . . Association of Attorney-Mediators P. O. Box 741955 Dallas, Texas  75374-1955 1-800-280-1368 www.attorney-mediators.org email:  aam@airmail.net

 

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

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

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