Safety

Current Events Conflict Chat with….Pattie Porter and Stephen Kotev – Listen in on 9/27 at 8 pm Eastern

Current Events Conflict Chat with….Pattie Porter and Stephen Kotev – Listen in on 9/27 at 8 pm Eastern

Got Conflict? If you have a conflict with someone and are not sure how to handle it, then let us know. Here is your opportunity to ask your question with Conflict Management experts who are mediators, conflict coaches and facilitators on how to think about, analyze or resolve your situation.

Think about it. Are you currently engaged in an active conflict with your co-workers or boss? Ignoring your neighbor because of a conversation you don’t want to have? In a disagreement with your spouse? Or simply afraid to bring up a concern with a friend in fear of stirring up problems.

Join us live. Here is how:

  • Call 347-324-3591; press 1 and wait for a Host
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  • Join us in the chat room live at Blog Talk Radio on the night of the program. Post your comment or question here and we will bring it into the program.
  • Join our Live Twitter chat using #ConflictChat every Tuesday night at 5 pm Pacific/7pm Central/8 pm Eastern

Verbal Aikido – Manage Verbal Attacks Peacefully and Effectively – 8/23 at 8 pm Eastern

Verbal Aikido – Manage Verbal Attacks Peacefully and Effectively – 8/23 at 8 pm Eastern

Verbal Aikido is a means of communication that enables the practitioner to transform verbal attacks, both effectively and peacefully. This philosophy comes from the Japanese martial art of Aikido that seeks to transform ‘attackers’ into training partners. It’s a fun and easy-to-learn approach that can be learnt from ages as young as 5 years old. Regular practice of Verbal Aikido considerably increases self-esteem, altruism and the confidence to manage conflict in a self-affirming and harmonious manner. Listen in on Tuesday, August 23rd at 8 pm Eastern to learn more.

As an Aikido black belt and a life-long student of conflict resolution, I really am looking forward to this program!

4/26 Conflict Chat with….Pattie Porter, Stephen Kotev and Abigail R. C. McManus is now available for download and streaming

4/26 Conflict Chat with….Pattie Porter, Stephen Kotev and Abigail R. C. McManus is now available for download and streaming

In this week’s conflict chat we discussed the tragic death of New Orleans Saints star defensive end Will Smith and what happens to you when someone becomes emotionally hijacked. Listen in to learn how to better control these responses and better avoid classic mistakes when dealing with emotional and upset people.

 

Is Your ADR Safe? Reducing the Risk of Violence Before, During and After Sessions

Is Your ADR Safe? Reducing the Risk of Violence Before, During and After Sessions

Later on this week I will be presenting at the 18th annual American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution spring conference in New York, New York. My colleague, Susan Yates of the Resolution Systems Institute, and I will be presenting our work on safety and safety planning to advocates, lawyers, arbitrators, mediators and other conference attendees.

We look forward as well to seeing old friends and colleagues, making new ones and advancing our field. This conference is an excellent opportunity to stay abreast of current developments, best practices, and innovations central to the ADR field. I am honored to be presenting to such an experience and esteemed audience. Please do stop by and say hello if you are in town.

All the best,

Stephen

De-Escalation Techniques to Avoid Violence in the Dispute Resolution Process – 12/18 – Columbus, Ohio

De-Escalation Techniques to Avoid Violence in the Dispute Resolution Process – 12/18 – Columbus, Ohio

On December 18th, I’ll be giving a presentation for the Columbus Bar Association on De-Escalation Techniques to Avoid Violence in the Dispute Resolution Process. I am honored to be co-presenting with a member of the Columbus Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation team as we discuss ADR/conflict resolution safety best practices and the art and science of verbal de-escalation: http://www.cbalaw.org/cba_prod/files/cle/151218OT.pdf

Agenda:

9:00-10:30am: ADR Safety Planning: How to Handle Yourself
Overview of Conflict Resolution Safety Planning Recommended Guidance
The Fundamentals of Creating Your Own Safety Plan
Dealing with High Emotion Conflicts

10:30-10:45am: Break

10:45am-12:15pm: The Art and Science of Verbal De-Escalation in Crisis Situations: How to Handle Others
Proven Verbal Techniques to Deal with Crisis Situations
How to Remain Calm and Get Results
How Learning what the Hostage Negotiation Team Does Can Help You

Somatic Skills for Conflict Resolvers Offered at the University of Waterloo

Somatic Skills for Conflict Resolvers Offered at the University of Waterloo

This week I will have the great pleasure of teaching somatic skills to conflict resolvers from the University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel University College. This workshop is being offered in conjunction with Grebel’s Certificate in Conflict Management with participants from across the public, private and educational sectors.

As a graduate of Conrad Grebel and the University of Waterloo, I feel honored to have this opportunity. Especially since, I will also have the pleasure of speaking at Conrad Grebel’s community supper. The topic of my talk will be on embodied peace and how to utilize somatics to become the ‘calm in the midst of the storm.’ It is a wonderful feeling to contribute to the long standing commitment to peace that these two institutions embrace.

ABA – Section of Dispute Resolution: FREE WEBINAR | Tuesday, April 28th | Register TODAY! Is Your ADR Safe? Reducing the Risk of Violence Before, During and After Sessions

ABA – Section of Dispute Resolution: FREE WEBINAR | Tuesday, April 28th | Register TODAY! Is Your ADR Safe? Reducing the Risk of Violence Before, During and After Sessions

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 (an attorney and client) at a Phoenix law firm in 2013. That tragedy is probably the most extreme recent example of violence in connection with an ADR process, but unfortunately it is not unique. In response to this concern, the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) established a task force to study and make recommendations on how best to promote the safety of ADR practitioners and participants. In a 45-minute webinar, task force chair Stephen Kotev will discuss the key safety advice that is covered in the 16 pages of written recommendations.

Safety Planning – What Every Conflict Resolver Needs to Know – 3/25 at 6 pm Eastern

Safety Planning – What Every Conflict Resolver Needs to Know – 3/25 at 6 pm Eastern

Conflict Resolvers routinely 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. Register now to attend my ADRHub webinar on safety planning that will take place on 3/25 at 6 pm Eastern. Registration is free but spots are limited.

I will discuss  how to prepare, what to ask, and what to do to care for yourself and your clients in the most dangerous of circumstances. We will also review my work as Chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Task force on Safety in ADR the Recommended Guidance on Safety it created.

The full archived program of this presentation can be found on my resources page.

Virginia Mediation Network Keynote Address – Mediator Safety 101

Virginia Mediation Network Keynote Address – Mediator Safety 101

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.

Announcing The Association for Conflict Resolution Taskforce on Safety in ADR

Announcing The Association for Conflict Resolution Taskforce on Safety in ADR

This year the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) announces the formation of the taskforce on safety in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Under the leadership of former ACR president Marya Kolman and current ACR president Cheryl Jamison, I have been appointed chair of this taskforce.  Fellow members of the taskforce include active duty and retired FBI crisis negotiators, professional mediators, judges and court administrators.

Announcing The Association for Conflict Resolution Taskforce on Safety in ADR

The mission of this task force is to investigate, deliberate, and recommend best practices for keeping conflict resolvers and their parties safe during conflict resolution processes. Particular emphasis will be given to risk reduction and safety planning measures conflict resolution practitioners could implement to greatly improve their immediate physical safety.

Currently the taskforce is seeking examples of violent incidents that have taken place prior to, during or after an ADR process. These examples will be used to inform the taskforce’s recommendations on physical security and safety planning. If you have any information that you are willing to share about such incidents, please feel free to post them to the comments sections of this post. You can submit posts anonymously with personal information redacted in part or in its entirety.