Oregon Mediation Association

PO Box 40041
Portland, OR 97240
Phone: 503-872-9775

 29th Annual Fall Conference


Resolving to Learn:

How Conflict Informs Our Way Forward

 Featuring Keynote Speaker

Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D.


November 6 & 7, 2015

Ambridge Event Center  ~  Portland, Oregon



Workshop Proposals Due July 31, 2015 

                     Submit Online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015omarfp

Print and view a hard copy of the RFP


This year’s conference will feature both a keynote speaker and a panel of prominent community leaders in such roles as policing, public policy, TV news, youth centers, and city government, the panel to be moderated by our keynote speaker who will be taking questions from the audience.  

Join our nationally recognized keynote Speaker, Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice - City University of New York, and Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, a university-wide center focusing on dispute resolution research and innovative program development.



Resolving conflict can be a first step towards positive change. Whether the incident is a neighborhood issue, a community or national crisis, when we resolve conflict it doesn't end there. What is the underlying issue and how do we apply the lessons learned after the conflict is resolved? What needs changing to create a way for those in conflict to see a way forward? 
Join the conversation at the 2015 OMA Conference to help answer some of these questions to help communities and practitioners move forward towards positive and sustainable change. 

Audience: The OMA Fall Conference is attended by mediators, lawyers, social workers, facilitators, educators, human resource professionals, counselors, students, and others interested in learning how to resolve conflict.  Between ten and fifty participants typically attend each workshop.

Materials:  Workshop Leaders are required to provide OMA an electronic copy of any materials to be included in the conference electronic handbook by September 25, 2015

Conference Rate for Presenters:  The Workshop Leader will receive free registration for both days of the conference.   

Workshop Guidelines: Workshops should be weighted more toward interaction than lecturing, with emphasis on role-playing, skill building and interactive learning. Workshops are either 90 or 180 minutes in length.  Workshops may have more than one presenter. 

Audio-Visual (AV) Equipment:  Workshop rooms will include an LCD projector, screen, easel with flipchart paper, set of markers, roll of blue adhesive tape, Wi-Fi access and larger rooms will have a PA system. Presenters provide their own laptop, presentation software and VGA cable to connect to the LCD projector. 

Next Steps:  Proposals are due by July 31, 2015Proposals will be submitted via an online survey at . You will be notified in writing of your proposal’s status by Monday, August 17, 2015.


Email the Conference Workshop Coordinator: Chris Sheesley at [email protected]



 Request for Proposals  


Title and Description

Please provide / describe:


1.     Workshop title (45 characters or less).

2.     Description of your workshop (275 characters or less).

3.     How does your workshop align with the theme of this year’s conference?

4.     List the learning objectives of this workshop.

5.     What is your presentation style, and the approximate amount of time you will dedicate to each section of your presentation? (Example: “20% lecture and PowerPoint, 50% role-playing, 30% group discussion”).



Areas of Interest and Participants:


1.     Specify which category or categories of interest best apply to your workshop. 


1.     Community

2.     Construction

3.     Business

4.     Health Care

5.     Consumer

6.     Establishing a mediation practice

7.     Public Policy

8.     Intercultural

9.     Victim-Offender

10.  Education

11.  Elders

12.  Employment/Workplace Mediation

13.  Labor

14.  Environmental

15.  Domestic Relations

16.  Leadership

17.  Legal

18.  Youth

19.  Restorative Justice

20.  Mediation Quality Assurance

21.  Practical Tools

22.  Theory

23.  Other


2.     Specify the level of experience most appropriate for participants at your workshop.

o      General (appropriate for all)

o      Novice  (less than 1 year)

o      Intermediate (1 - 5 years)

o      Advanced (more than 5 years)


Logistics and Scheduling


1.     Indicate your preferred room arrangement.

o      Theater (podium, chairs, no tables)

o      Classroom (podium, chairs, tables)

o      No Preference


2.     Specify any AV equipment you may need beyond that already outlined in the RFP (e.g., microphones (please specify quantity), speakers, DVD player, etc.)


3.     Indicate your scheduling preference.

o      Friday

o      Saturday

o      No Preference


4.     Specify your preferred workshop length.  Workshops that are 180 minutes long will be held in two sections, which are usually back-to-back.

o      90 Minutes

o      180 Minutes

o      No Preference


Presenter Information


For each presenter, submit the following:


1.     First and Last Name

2.     Official Title / Degree

3.     Mailing Address

4.     Email address

5.     Phone Number

6.     Resume:  Submit a 1 to 2 page resume. Resumes can be copied and pasted into the RFP online submission form. 

7.     Experience:  Provide a brief description of each presenter’s experience presenting this and/or related workshops and/or trainings.

8.     Reference:  Provide the name, email address, and phone number of a reference familiar with each presenter’s training and/or presentation experience

9.    Workshop Leader:  Specify the designated workshop leader.


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