The ABA Dispute Resolution Section, Mediation Committee is pleased to announce our second monthly teleconference of 2015. Please join us on Tuesday, April 28th at 12pm. Many ADR professionals saw the headlines when an angry mediation participant shot two other participants
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
Finnish researchers have uncovered a very interesting correlation between our bodily sensations and emotional responses. In a study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, 733 participants from Taiwan, Finland and Sweden took part in five experiments
Today marks the 7th year that I have taught for the Masters program of the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. I am honored and excited to part of a dynamic, experienced, and pioneering program. It
I have just been notified that MastersinManagement.org has selected my website as one of the 101 Must-Bookmark Sites for Business Managers. To quote Jane Bryant of MastersinManagement.org: ” This list is meant not only for beginning managers or those in
On January 31, during a settlement conference for a lawsuit, the defendant and his lawyer were tragically murdered by the plaintiff. I would like to offer my condolences to the families of all involved and to the conflict resolution community
Conventional wisdom varies on how to deal with aggression. Some schools of thought advocate for swift retribution, while others embrace turning the other cheek. As we enter a new year, it is worthwhile revisiting this age-old question. Paul Linden recommends
Today, I have the pleasure of presenting Aikido and Conflict Competencies for the World Bank Internal Justice Day. The crux of this presentation focuses on the concept of ‘masakatsu agatsu’ – True victory is victory over oneself. This concept is
I would like to congratulate the National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution on their 25th anniversary of service. Founded in 1986 by Marvin E. Johnson, its mission is to promote and provide education and comprehensive approaches to dispute resolution that
Mediators are told to “become the calm in the midst of the storm” as they enter situations most would choose to avoid. Valuable advice indeed, but how do we put it in practice? Go beyond this advice and learn specific
Helping people resolve problems and improve their performance under stressful circumstances is Stephen’s passion and profession. With a Masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Stephen has substantial experience in mediation, negotiation, facilitation, conflict coaching, conflict management and somatic education. His professional experience spans state and federal government agencies and two premier conflict resolution membership associations. Stephen has also become a national expert on how you can improve your performance by better managing the stress of conflict situations. He has taught hundreds the somatic skills they needed to remain calm in stressful conflict situations as an adjunct faculty member of the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and through seminars that he has presented at conferences nationwide.
Specialties: Stephen presents workshops nationally and internationally that teach problem solvers how to improve their performance by learning to better manage the stress of conflict situations through the development of somatic (body) skills focused on breath, posture, and vision and the cultivation of self-awareness. These skills originate from the Japanese martial art of Aikido and have been used by martial artists, executives, law enforcement, athletes and professionals to remain calm in the midst of the storm.