26th Annual OMA Fall Conference
The Alchemy of Conflict Resolution:
Ambridge Event Center - Portland, OR
Some workshops are associated with the following tracks.
Alchemy - A Legal/ADR - ADR Business Practice - B
Session 1 - Friday, November 2, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm.
1a. Mediators as Servant Leaders (L)
1b. Opening Statement Empowerment Tools (T)
Journey into the power of the opening statement and its ability to set the tone for dialogue and maximize collaboration and resolution. The presenter will demonstrate mediation preparation and the opening statement, share rationale, and invite discussion on alternate methods.
Charlie Young, Facilitator, Trainer, Mediator
1c. LGBT 101: Building An Inclusive Practice (CC)
1d. Homeshare Mediation: Crafting Durable Housing Agreements for Homeless Youth (DR)
1e. Where We Connect: The Soul of Nonviolent Communication (A)
1f. Oregon's Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Program (FAMP): Development, Implementation, and Lessons Learned So Far (PP)
It is widely believed that we have still not reached the bottom of the housing crisis. FAMP was created this year to facilitate communication between mortgage servicers and homeowners, explore options to retain a home or negotiate an exit, and reduce the number of foreclosures. A panel of rule makers, trainers, and mediators will give an overview of the program to date and invite questions and discussion.
Amy Cleary, CDRS Supervisor, Clackamas County Resolution Services; .
Mike Niemeyer, ADR Coordinator, Oregon Department of Justice
Jonathon Conant, Manager, Oregon FAMP
Cynthia Moore, OMA President
Charlie Ikard, Neighbor to Neighbor and President of OACDRC
Kelly Harpster, Consumer Law Attorney
Ken Sherman, General Counsel for the Oregon Bankers Association
Angela Martin, Executive Director, Economic Fairness Oregon
Emily Reiman, OpportunityWorks Manager, NEDCO
Session 2 - Friday, November 2, 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm.
2a. Trust: Developing It & Re-establishing It When It's Broken (L)
2b. Will Mediate for Money (B)
2c. The Myth of Neutrality in Mediation and Facilitation (CC)
2d. Working with Families in Probate Mediation (DR, ADR)
Explore typical disputes which arise in guardianships, conservatorships and estates, often involving multiple generations of a family. Learn practical tools for mediating these disputes, such as preparing genograms and focusing on case development.
Josh Kadish, JD; Partner, Wyse Kadish LLP
Lauren MacNeill, JD, LCSW, Director, Clackamas County Resolution Services
2e/3e. The Enneagram: Understanding Mediation's 9 Points of View (T)
2f/3f. How to Turn Public Policy Disputes Upside Down: Daring Tips, Tools and Strategies (PP)
Session 3 - Friday, November 2, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm.
3a. Conversation Roles and Healthy Discussions (T)
Learn about the four conversation roles presented in William Isaacs’ Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together. Consider the implications of each role, practice distinguishing the roles from each other, and join in a discussion regarding the use of this knowledge in working with groups to create change and transformation.
Mary C. Forst, JD,Confluence Center for Mediation and Training
Karen Hannan, MA, President, Possibilities, Inc.
3b. Companies and Conflicts: What is Really Going On? (B, WP)
3c. Moving Beyond the Myth of Race Neutrality and Color Blindness in Mediation and Facilitation (CC)
3d. Adult Sibling Mediation: Resolving Backseat Bickering (DR, ADR)
Longer lives, harder economic times, geographical dispersion, contrasting lifestyles, and changing patterns of property transfer intensify family disputes over family businesses, caring for aging parents, adopting nieces and nephews, settling property rights, and addressing Boomers’ own incapacities as they age. Strategize ways to structure the mediation and break impasses.
Meg Nightingale, JD, Mediator
3e. Continuation of 2e: The Enneagram: Understanding Mediation's 9 Points of View (T)
3f. Continuation of 2f: How to Turn Public Policy Disputes Upside Down: Daring Tips, Tools and Strategies (PP)
Session 4 - Saturday, November 3, 9:30 am - 11:00 am.
4a. Thinking with the Body: Addressing Conflict from the Inside Out (A)
Many conflict resolution training and intervention processes focus on mental, analytic abilities. Yet conflict lives in our bodies, settling in our sinews. We’ll explore how movement-based language and activities enhance leaders’ effectiveness across cultures. Through the medium of the body, we will explore flexibility, third-party and leader self-awareness, dynamics of strong emotions and safe boundaries.
Michelle LeBaron, JD, MA,Conference Keynote Speaker, Professor of Law and Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at the University of British Columbia
4b/5b. OMA Mediator Certification: Design & Implementation (B, ADR)
A session at last year’s conference reignited the discussion on mediator certification in Oregon. Following that session, the OMA Standards and Practices Committee undertook a year-long re-examination of the topic. And now, the Committee is back to present the result of its work: a proposed certification program that includes a basic certification and a number of additional specialty certifications. The Committee will share its deliberations and describe the proposed basic mediator certification and one of the proposed specialty certifications (domestic relations). Come to this session. Add your voice to the continuing discussion.
Larry Coady, JD, Convener, and other Members of OMA's Standards and Practices Committee
4c. The Cyprus Friendship Program (CC, RJ)
The ethnically divided island of Cyprus is one of the most militarized places in the world. Learn and experience how, by understanding each other’s history through the Cyprus Friendship Program (CFP), Greek-speaking and Turkish-speaking Cypriots and their families were able to transform their relationships from conflict to one of peaceful coexistence. This session will include a Skype connection with CFP alumni.
Cheron Calder, MS CR,Portland Area Coordinator, CFP
4d. Family Mediation: Domestic Violence and Safety (DR, ADR)
4e. Applying Eight Important Organization Development Disciplines to Mediation (L)
4f. What do YOU Do When the Wheels Fall Off? (T)
4g. Mediation and Improv: Building Empathy & Neutrality (T)
Mediators and others who facilitate conflict resolution must be flexible and able to respond appropriately and often quickly to whoever and whatever shows up in their sessions. Drawing on some amazingly fun and simple improvisational games, this session will increase your capacity to be empathetic, maintain neutrality, balance power and status differences, and create inclusiveness. Prepare to experience the power of “yes, and,” learn new skills, and have fun!
Patrick Short, MFA, Owner and General Manager, ComedySportz; author, Jill and Patrick’s Small Book of Improv for Business
Session 5 - Saturday, November 3, 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm.
5a. Transforming Conflict Resolution through Forgiveness and Reconciliation (RJ)
Mediators know that even the best settlement agreements don’t always heal the wounds of conflict. This workshop starts where many mediations end. Mediators of all styles will learn a step-by-step process to help disputants heal through forgiveness and reconciliation, transforming themselves from mere case settlers to true peacemakers.
Darrell Puls, Principal, Darrell Puls Conflict Management Services
5b. Continuation of 4b: OMA Mediator Certification: Design & Implementation (B, ADR)
A successful mediator certification program – the proposal discussed in part one of this double session, or any other program – could have enormous effects on OMA, its members, and the practice of mediation in our state. Would a certification program change our association? Would it change how we, collectively, market our work and our field? This session is an opportunity to engage with colleagues in a consideration of those, and other, potential effects of mediator certification. Bring your future vision for our association, our field, and your own practice and professional development. Share your best ideas. Help OMA shape its future.
Larry Coady, JD,Convener, and other Members of OMA's Standards and Practices Committee
5c. Truth and Reconciliation: Mediation Techniques from International Peacemaking (CC, RJ)
Sharing principles he learned working with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and international peacemaking efforts, Eric demonstrates how to enrich your toolkit in your practice and everyday life. Learn practical techniques used not only to heal warring factions, but to guide individuals through conflict at work and home.
Eric Sirotkin, JD,Ubuntuworks Peace Education Project, Mediator
5d. Collaborating with Domestic Violence Programs: Creating Mediation That’s Safe and Meaningful (DR, ADR)
5e. Fierce Conversations: The Strategy for Authentic, Transparent Interactions (L)
5f. Sensory Preferences, Neuronal Wiring and Interpersonal Conflict (T)
Learn how visual, auditory or kinesthetic sensory preferences affect interpersonal relationships and conflict. Through lecture, discussion and exercises, learn about the common traits and aptitudes of people who share preferences, and see how these preferences affect procedural and emotional satisfaction in conflict resolution.
René-Marc Mangin, Author, Trainer, Mediator
Session 6 - Saturday, November 3rd, 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
6a. Beyond the ABCs of Mediation: Apology, Blame and Compassion (A)
At the front end of conflict, we close ourselves down in protection, tell ourselves self-serving stories to justify our actions, and engage in projections that demonize the “other.” On the back end, deep resolution involves taking responsibility for one’s contribution to conflict, offering apology, and experiencing, through forgiveness, the complete release of conflict. This workshop will explore the psychological and spiritual dimensions of conflict and resolution.
Michael Dwyer, JD,Owner, Dwyer Mediation Center
Sukhsimranjit Singh, LLM, Associate Director, Center for Dispute Resolution, Willamette University School of Law
6b. Group Works Cards: A New Tool for Learning & Guidance (T)
6c. Intercultural Communication: Innovative Tools for Managing Conflict Across Cultures (CC)
Cultural differences can derail a conflict resolution process even for the most experienced mediators. This session will introduce tools and practices that can support conflict resolution practitioners whenever diverse conflict styles are present. During this session, you will explore conflict resolution through the lens of an intercultural conflict styles model. You’ll also learn to untangle conflicts by using the VisualsSpeak tool to uncover emotions, values and needs of the different parties.
6d. Preserving Oregon’s Family Court Services (DR, ADR)
6e. No Talking Heads: Workplace Mediation Dialogue (WP)
6f. Transformed Leadership: What Three Sovereign Governments Can Do… Together (PP)