Wednesday February 1, 2012 – Saturday June 30, 2012

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The Center regularly offers Support and Development groups in New York for those who have completed our Mediation Intensive. The focus of these groups is on integrating the Understanding-based model into participants’ work with conflict resolution in a manner that is authentic to the individual professionals.

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February 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012

Support & Development Groups
The Support and Development groups are monthly supervision classes for those who have completed the Mediation Intensive Training and who have been working to integrate this approach into their ongoing professional lives – whether in mediation, collaborative practice, traditional law practice, or other approaches to working with conflict.

At these meetings, one or more participants usually present a case or other aspect of their work such as the challenges of beginning and developing one’s practice. We then work together to learn how the Understanding-Based approach to conflict can help us understand the conflict, and how we can support the parties in working through it together. We examine both what is significant for that participant and what issues are raised for the others of us. The format also includes faculty presentations, role play and discussion. The basic inquiry here is how, by connecting more deeply to our own ideals and aspirations and to those of the people we serve, we can be more effective in our work with parties in conflict and develop more fully as professionals.

Each group meets one evening per month from September to January and then again from February to June in New York City, near Grand Central. The small group size allows for highly interactive learning. The fee for any of these series is $500 for the semester.

Combined Mediation and Collaborative Practice Group

A recently started group for those interested in either or both mediation and collaborative practice will include professionals relatively new to the field as well as those who have already started their practice. This group (which meets on Thursday evenings) compares and contrasts these related and distinct approaches.

In the Collaborative Groups, we seek to understand how we can work effectively together as collaborative teams in order to better serve our clients. We examine issues that arise from our own expectations of ourselves and each other as well as those that can arise both within the team and with the clients. We address how to avoid misunderstandings within the team and with the clients and also how to have difficult conversations amongst us when they do arise.

Mediation Support & Development Group
The mediation group is designed for both newcomers to mediation practice and persons with more experience. The learning has proven to be highly dynamic, successful and enjoyable.

The Mediation group includes those working in other areas of conflict resolution, such as ombuds-people, consultants and lawyers who seek to bring the perspectives and skills of the Understanding-based approach to negotiation and other aspects of their work with parties in conflict in both commercial and family disputes. The Mediation Group meets monthly in Manhattan on Monday evenings.

Collaborative Practice Support & Development Group
Our Collaborative Practice group that meets in New York City is principally for more experienced collaborative professionals (and is at capacity).

Jack Himmelstein facilitates the mediation group and the long standing collaborative group. Both Jack and Katherine Miller facilitate the collaborative/mediation group.