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Upcoming events

    • October 12, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    MAM Professional Panel Presentation:

    Developing Your Mediation or ADR Practice

    Join us for a professional panel discussion on how to start, sustain, and grow your own mediation or ADR practice. Each of our panelists has a unique mediation or ADR practice developed from various backgrounds, skills, and interests.

    This promises to be a lively and thought-provoking presentation with time for Q and A.

    The Zoom room opens at 5:20 pm to meet and greet.

    A Zoom link will be emailed to you 2 days prior to the event

    Presenters:  Barry Kohler, JD, CFP®, Rebekah Smith, Esq, and Leah Boyd, CNVC certified trainer

    • October 20, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • zoom

    As part of the Maine Association of Mediators ongoing effort to offer free or low-cost training on Conflict Resolution Day each year, we are pleased to provide this year’s session on Conflict Coaching!

    Conflict management coaching or conflict coaching is a one-on-one structured process that is goal-driven, future-focused, and action-oriented. Professional conflict coaching aims to support clients by raising self-awareness about themselves and the other person involved in the dispute. Self-determination is key to driving client choices to the action steps they will take to address their situation. In this introductory overview, participants will learn the following based on the globally recognized CINERGY© Conflict Coaching model:

    ·        Evolution of professional coaching with its broader applications

    ·        Intersection between dispute resolution and conflict coaching

    ·        Distinctions between coaching, mediation, counseling, and consulting

    ·        Comparison of coaching and mediation skills competencies

    ·        Entry points into conflict coaching: before, during, or after a dispute

    ·        Overview of the 7-stage model

    ·        Determine if conflict coaching is a value-added or a referral source to clients


    Patricia “Pattie” Porter, LCSW, PCC, is the Founder and President of Conflict Connections, Inc. located in San Antonio, Texas. Pattie’s dispute resolution career spans 28+ years as a workplace and EEO mediator, team facilitator, conflict coach, and senior trainer. The highlights of her career serving as the President of the Texas Association of Mediators, Co-Chair of the Workplace Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, as well as serving as a formal mentor for the Department of Navy civilian mediators. Pattie presents various conflict management and resolution topics including conflict coaching. She teaches the CINERGY conflict coaching model to dispute resolution graduates at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas as well as students from over 17 countries. She is the Founder and producer of the nine-year podcast program called The Texas Conflict Coach© and the author of two Minibuks: Stop the Dreaded Drama and Stop Avoiding Conflict.                     

    • November 04, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • via ZOOM

    Annual Meeting and Fall Conference

    of the Maine Association of Mediators 

    Empowering Parties with Diverse Mental Health Needs 


    Guest Presenter:  Dan Berstein, MHS | MH Mediate

    Overview: At this year’s Annual Meeting and Fall Conference, we’re delighted to host Dan Berstein, MHS. Dan is a mediator and mental health expert living with bipolar disorder.  He has spent over fifteen years studying mental health and dispute resolution and developing tools to help all sorts of mental health stakeholders address concerns about challenging behaviors and accessibility without inadvertently becoming discriminatory. His company, MH Mediate, has helped thousands of people, organizations, and government agencies improve how they talk about mental health, become accessible, and address challenging behaviors.

    Conference Agenda: 

    10:00 -10:15 Welcome and Introductory Comments

    10:15 - 11:00 Keynote Remarks:  We All Have Mental Health Needs

    Dan shares a powerful framework for appreciating how mental health and trauma impacts mediators and parties and introduces the three other topics of the day - mental health communication skills, challenging behavior planning, and preventing discrimination. Participants are encouraged to submit their examples of challenging situations for use in the afternoon’s workshop on planning for challenging behaviors.

    11:00-11:10  Break

    11:10-12:10  Introductory Workshop: Talk About Mental Health in Empowering Ways

    Learn the terminologies, etiquette, and skills necessary to communicate effectively when someone discloses a mental health problem, when there are accusations, when there are suspicions, or when a mental health concern arises as part of the facts of the case.

    12:10-1:00  Lunch Break and Optional Social/Member Forum Time

    1:00-1:30  Annual Meeting: Maine Association of Mediators

    1:30-2:30  Applied Research Presentation: Notice and Prevent Discrimination in ADR

    Our implicit biases make it hard for us to perceive microaggressions, disparate treatment, illegal inquiries, and inappropriate screening practices. Receive tools to recognize, prevent, and respond to all of these problems using published case study examples of mistakes made by major ADR institutions.

    2:30-2:45  Break

    2:45-4:00  Challenging Behavior Planning Session: Plan for Emergencies, Disruptions, and Disconnects

    Drawing on the submitted examples from before the conference and the morning keynote, Dan will teach a framework for planning to respond to challenging behaviors. We will cover how to be specific in defining the behavior, how to plan ahead to be impartial, and how to be consistent in responding.

    4:00-4:15  Closing Remarks

    Post-Meeting Resources

    Participants will receive takeaway tools they can use in their practice and a follow-up message orienting them to resources they can use to put all of the day’s lessons into regular practice.

Past events

July 14, 2022 FED Mediation: Forcible Entry & Detainer Part I (aka Landlord/Tenant Law)
July 08, 2022 2022 MAM Summer Social
June 15, 2022 Mediator Study Group: Let's Talk Finances & Mediation
June 02, 2022 Family Law Mediation Training
May 11, 2022 Mediator Study Group: Working with Attorneys in Mediation
April 26, 2022 Consumer Law Training
April 13, 2022 Mediation Study Group: Working with the Power & Influence in Mediation (Part 2)
March 15, 2022 Mediation Study Group: Power Imbalance in Mediation
January 21, 2022 Family Law Mediation Training
January 11, 2022 Domestic Violence Screening Mediation Training
November 05, 2021 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting
October 21, 2021 CONFLICT RESOLUTION DAY - Dialogue Across Difference in an Era of Polarization
June 17, 2021 40 hour Mediation Training
June 03, 2021 Family Law Mediation Training
May 25, 2021 Reflections on Mediating and Facilitating in the COVID Era and Thoughts on the Path Ahead - A Panel Discussion
January 21, 2021 Family Law Mediation Training
January 08, 2021 Domestic Violence Screening Mediation Training
November 06, 2020 Annual Meeting and Fall Conference - Mediation in the Me Too Era and A New Look at Practice Quality
October 13, 2020 16-hour Agricultural Mediation Training ONLINE
October 05, 2020 40-hour Certificate Program in Mediation
September 16, 2020 40-hour Basic Mediation Training
June 11, 2020 Family Law Mediation Training
May 28, 2020 "Braver Angels: Reuniting America" - Documentary screening and discussion
April 17, 2020 Mediating Privately – The Mediation Agreement and Insurance Considerations
March 18, 2020 Mediator Peer Study Group
February 24, 2020 Mediator Peer Study Group
December 06, 2019 Negotiation Skills and Strategies
November 06, 2019 Mediation Skills for Leaders
October 23, 2019 Agricultural Mediation Training
September 26, 2019 Working in Mediation (or Otherwise) with Parents who are in High Conflict.
September 23, 2019 40-Hour Certificate Basic Mediation Training
September 11, 2019 Mediator Peer Study Group
June 13, 2019 Advanced Mediation Skill Development
June 12, 2019 Domestic Violence Screening for Mediators
June 03, 2019 Family Law Mediation Training
May 06, 2019 Agricultural Mediation Training
May 02, 2019 Probate Court Mediation Initiatives
April 03, 2019 40-hour Certificate Program in Mediation
February 06, 2019 40-Hour Certificate Mediation Training
January 07, 2019 Mediator Peer Study Group
November 15, 2018 Advanced Mediation Skill Development
October 23, 2018 Mediation Child Support Challenge
October 18, 2018 Public Policy Collaboration and the Maine Revives Civility Project - A BROWN BAG LUNCH SEMINAR
September 17, 2018 Mediator Peer Study Group
June 19, 2018 32nd Annual Thomas Nevola MD Symposium
June 13, 2018 Mediation Skills for Leaders - June 13 & 14, 2018
June 13, 2018 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training - June 13, 14, 15, & 21, 22, 2018
June 04, 2018 Family Law Mediation Training
May 17, 2018 Consumer Law Training for Mediators
April 26, 2018 40-hour Certificate Program in Mediation - April 26, 27, 28 & 30, May 1, 2018
April 04, 2018 Promote Civility in your Community
April 02, 2018 Mediator Peer Study Group
March 02, 2018 Domestic Violence Training for Mediators - Postponed to March 2nd
January 22, 2018 Mediator Peer Study Group
December 13, 2017 2nd Wednesday Mediator Breakfast
December 01, 2017 One-Day Transformative Mediation Training
November 08, 2017 2nd Wednesday Mediator Breakfast
November 02, 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference
October 18, 2017 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training - October 18, 19, 20, 26, & 27 2017
October 12, 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar on Restorative Justice
October 02, 2017 Mediator Peer Study Group
September 13, 2017 2nd Wednesday Mediator Breakfast
July 19, 2017 Domestic Violence Training for Mediators
June 14, 2017 ​40 Hour Certificate​ ​Basic​ ​Mediation Training
May 17, 2017 Domestic Violence Training for Mediators

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