This Saturday, I will have the honor and privilege of delivering the keynote address to the 2014 Annual Spring Training Conference of the Virginia Mediation Network. The Virginia Mediation Network is the state’s largest mediation membership association. Its mission is to promote public understanding of conflict resolution services and provide its members with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills and a community to enhance their professional success.
The topic of this address will be: Mediator Safety 101: What Every Mediator Needs to Know to Stay Safe in Our Dangerous Times
Fueled by my work as the Chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution Taskforce on Safety in ADR, this keynote will highlight key safety planning and risk reduction strategies. Mediators are routinely asked to enter into conversations and circumstances most would choose to avoid. These conversations can contain some of the strongest emotional triggers, and create the most stressful situations, that we may ever experience.
I hope you will join me this Saturday to learn how to prepare, what to ask, and what to do to care for yourself and your clients in the most dangerous of circumstances.