Monday Night Forum

 

Monday Night Forum (MNF) is a monthly in-service training program delivered by mediators for mediators. Advanced practice topics provide learning opportunities and a great place to network with others. Topics include mediation practices, ethics, theory, and collaborative processes. MNFs are held on teh 4th Monday evening of select months. 

Note: Select MNF may be certified for Continuing Mediator Education (CME) credits. 

Time: 7-9pm (7-7:30 networking; 7:30-9 presentation)

Cost: $25 NVMS Members/ $35 General Public

Monday
Jun302014

July 28: Working with Metaphors in Mediation: Beyond Feedback and Reframing

Speakers: Julia Morelli and John Settle

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

CME: 1.5 General or Family

Cost: $25 Members/ $35 General Public

Networking: 7-7:30pm (coffee, soda, and light snacks will be provided)

 

This workshop integrates research and theory related to metaphors and translates them into practical tools that can be applied across practice areas. Participants will learn to recognize ways in which metaphors can influence the mediation process, understand how these key elements of language can aid them in their role as a mediator and develop effective reframing and feedback skills by working with metaphors creatively.

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About the Speakers:

Julia Morelli has twenty years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, manager and consultant. Her practice includes organizational assessment and development, strategic planning, and training related to conflict management, the use of technology in dispute resolution, diversity and cultural issues, and communication. She is President of the non-profit George Mason University Instructional Foundation and Holistic Solutions, Inc.

John Settle has over twenty years of experience as a mediator and trainer. He is certified as a mediator and mentor mediator by the Supreme Court of Virginia and holds Advanced Workplace Mediator status from the Association for Conflict Resolution. He heads his own mediation and consulting firm, SETTLEment Associates, LLC and is among the cadre of consultants for several national firms providing ADR services.

Tuesday
Jun172014

June 23: Maximizing Team Performance under Pressure: Strategies to Resolve Conflict when Working in Groups/Teams

Speakers: Andy Pizzi, Izabela Solosi and Megan Johnston

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

CME: 1.5 General

Cost: $25 NVMS members / $35 General Public

Networking: 7-7:30pm – coffee, soda, light snacks will be provided

We’ve all experienced the frustration of working on a project while part of a team. Work styles and personalities clash, misunderstandings set members at odds, and goals become lost in the midst of it all until we’re pushing against the deadline.  Could there be ways of improving performance towards better results by alleviating team pressure caused by conflict?  In this interactive workshop, Mr. Pizzi, Ms. Johnston and Ms. Solosi will engage the participants with cases studies and exercises to practice identifying sources of team conflict and selecting appropriate strategies.

Learning Objectives/Take Aways:

  1. Understand the sources of team conflict
  2. Gain strategies  to improve team performance
  3. Learn tips on how to adjust strategies when team is under stress

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About the Speakers:

Andy Pizzi

Andy Pizzi is an independent contractor who specializes in conflict resolution and labor-management relations. He was a federal employee for 32 years where his main area of expertise was alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and labor-management collaboration initiatives.  His experience as a former union official, agency representative and dispute resolution specialist has given him knowledge and insight in helping federal agencies and unions resolve dispute and develop more collaborative approaches.  Andy has mediated over 400 workplace disputes, facilitated over 150 meetings dealing with labor-management issues, provided numerous training sessions in conflict resolution and developed several alternative dispute resolution programs.

Andy earned his BA from the University of Massachusetts in Political Science, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University.  He is also a Certified Mediator through the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Mediation Training Institute.

Megan Johnston

Megan Johnston is Executive Director of Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS), a 501©3, nonprofit dispute resolution and training center. She is a certified mediator, knowledgeable ADR program manager and process consultant. Megan is experienced in team development, leadership and problem solving. She is Board President of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution and member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Virginia Mediation Network. Megan earned her Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and her BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Izabela Solosi

Izabela Solosi is the Training Program Manager at Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS). She is also a Court Certified Mediator through the Supreme Court of Virginia and a certified Level 1 Strength Deployment Inventory trainer. In collaboration with other experienced practitioners, she designs and delivers in-house and off-site trainings on a variety of conflict resolution topics and provides facilitation and mediation services. Izabela received her BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. 

Tuesday
Apr082014

April 28: Co-Mediating Effectively: Going Beyond the Process

Speakers: Julia Morelli and Jim Meditz

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

CME: 1.5 General and Family 

Cost: $25 NVMS members/$35 General Public

Co-mediation poses particular challenges for mediators.  How can we work more effectively and seamlessly with each other and the parties?   Nuances can be significant, and to what extent might it be appropriate for co-mediators, whether highly experienced or not, to be expansive in pre-mediation preparations?  This interactive program is intended to benefit all mediators.  To develop self-awareness, discussions will go beyond process and explore the deeper subjective aspects of mediator-preferred practices, and in-the moment reactions. 

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About the Speakers:

Julia Morelli has over fifteen years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, manager and consultant. She is the Director of Operations for the George Mason University (GMU) Instructional Foundation and President of Holistic Solutions, Inc. Her practice includes mediation and facilitation, organizational assessment and development, strategic planning; and training related to conflict management, the use of technology in dispute resolution, diversity and cultural issues, and communication. 

 Jim Meditz is a Supreme Court of Virginia certified mentor mediator.  He also provides services as a facilitator, instructor/trainer, consultant, and conflict management coach for diverse clients, including cases before Virginia courts; parties in employment and EEO disputes; and commercial and community entities.  

Friday
Feb212014

(FREE) March 24: Peacemaking in Mediation - From a Christian Conciliator's Perspective

Speaker: Ronald C. Zabel, Director of the Conflict Resolution and Conciliation Center, Inc.

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

CME: 1.5 General

Cost: FREE

Peacemaking seeks to help parties identify and deal with root causes of conflict as an essential element in reaching a lasting resolution of the current conflict as well as reducing the potential for future conflict. The vast majority of conflicts involve an underlying relationship component in addition to the apparent substantive issues. This program covers how Christian Conciliation address both relationship reconciliation and substantive dispute resolution in the mediation process in helping parties achieve a lasting peace with each other and the outcome.  The program will also explore opportunities for churches to have a role in fostering peacemaking vs litigiousness.

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Learning Objectives: 

(1)  Understand development of Christian Conciliation and difference from other styles of mediation.

(2)  Understand role of and process of incorporating faith based values in the Christian conciliation process (theory and interactive discussion of case examples).

(3)  Increase mediator awareness of how biblical dispute resolution principles can break impasse, particularly where strong relationship related issues from a family, business, or workplace relationship have a role in the impasse.

(4)  Explore the opportunities churches have to foster peacemaking vs litigiousness by being a venue for mediation and conciliation.

 

Tuesday
Jan282014

February 24: Making the Decision and Breaking the News When is mediation no longer appropriate? How do you tell the parties?

Facilitators: Jim Meditz and Perrin Scanlon

Time: 7:30-9pm

CME: 1.5 General or Family

Cost: $25 NVMS members/ $35 General Public

This program is intended to be a facilitated group discussion to provide a space for reflective peer discussion within and around small groups.

Beginning with intake and continuing throughout a mediation, mediators may encounter circumstances in which starting a mediation or continuing one is not appropriate.  As mediators, we typically spend the most time considering the criteria for that decision.  This program is intended to focus primarily on taking the process further into the specifics of what actions the mediator takes leading to terminating or ending the process and then how the message is delivered, after it appears a decision need to be made. What actions might the mediator take? What challenges arise, e.g., for maintaining confidentiality, respecting the voluntary nature of mediation, and self-determination?

Participants will be divided into small groups and be given scenarios and discussion points.

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