OMA Fall Conference
Ambridge Event Center - Portland, OR
"Global Issues, Local Action: The Power of Courageous Conversations"
November 4 - 5, 2011
Ambridge Event Center
Approved for 11 hours of NASW CLEs (6.5 for Friday and 4.5 hours for Saturday)
and 11 Oregon State Bar CLEs
The Oregon Mediation Association invites you to join us at the 25th Annual Fall Conference. The conference is designed for mediators, attorneys, students, educators, ADR practitioners, human resource professionals, counselors, social workers, and others interested in learning about mediation.
Webster’s Dictionary defines “courage” as “the attitude of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous, difficult or painful, instead of withdrawing from it.”
Courageous conversations can occur on many levels from forging peace in the Middle East to mediating a dispute over a neighbor’s barking dog. Large group facilitation of complex environmental issues, bringing an angry couple together to work out a parenting agreement, a face to face meeting with a crime victim and her offender, planning with an aging parent and his adult children to meet his service needs, and arranging for an open adoption with a birth parent and adoptive parents are all examples of conversations that present challenges for the participants. And with the courage to participate in the conversation, people have the power to change their lives, communities and the world.
“Global, Issues, Local Action: The Power of Courageous Conversations,” our conference theme, invites us to consider what we are doing as conflict resolution practitioners in our own communities to initiate the power of courageous conversations. How are we taking local action to address the global issues of our time? We invite you to share your ideas and experiences, your successes and failures.
Thank you to our keynote speaker Ray Shonholtz, J.D.
As a mediator, lawyer and educator, Ray Shonholtz has a lifetime of experience addressing global issues through local action and creating courageous conversations.
In 1976, he established and served for ten years as President of the Community Boards Program in San Francisco. The program was one of the first community and school mediation initiatives that brought conflict resolution skills and processes into neighborhoods and schools throughout the United States and internationally.
Utilizing the knowledge and skills garnered from this groundbreaking program and after a year working as a Ford Foundation Fellow, in 1989 Mr. Shonholtz founded Partners for Democratic Change, an international organization dedicated to building civil societies and promoting national centers on change and conflict resolution in developing democracies.
Ray Shonholtz will be presenting the conference keynote address and hosting a networking table at lunch on Friday, serving as a workshop panelist and participating in our closing plenary session on Saturday, and meeting individually with some participants during the conference.