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Wed, Jul 27, 2011

ABA Dispute Resolution Section promoting Mediation Week (third week of October)

Building on the success of Conflict Resolution Day (started in 2005 by the Association for Conflict Resolution - held on the third Thursday of October each year...), the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution is promoting Mediation Week October 16-22, 2011. A Mediation Week Toolkit is available to provide ideas and materials for an event in your area.

In an effort to facilitate the initiation of ABA Mediation Week programs by law schools, ADR organizations, Courts and state and local bar associations, the Section of Dispute Resolution has limited funds available this year to provide financial assistance to organizations sponsoring ABA Mediation Week activities on a first-come, first-served, as-needed grant basis for those organizations meeting the criteria for assistance. The registration form available here also includes the application for assistance. They ask that you to complete the registration form by no later than September 9, 2011.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2011 07 27 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Tue, Jul 26, 2011

Bioethics Mediation: A Guide to Shaping Shared Solutions

A revised and expanded edition of the book Bioethics Mediation: A Guide to Shaping Shared Solutions by Nancy Neveloff Dubler and Carol Liebman has recently been published by Vanderbilt University Press with support from the United Hospital Fund. A first edition came out in 2004 and this update was released in 2011. The updated book includes case examples and a practical guide to mediating bioethic disputes as well as sample role plays for practice. Cases include situations such as the following: the family is demanding care that is not in the best interest of the patient; the family, in derogation of a living will, wants everything done for the patient; the patient is refusing care and is not capable of making that decision; or the physician is insisting on care that the family claims the patient would refuse if the patient were capable. Heart wrenching stuff, but clearly there ways a facilitator/mediator with conflict resolution skills could be of assistance.

I came across a web-viewable (but not downloadable) version of the book on Scribd today, so you can have a look for yourself.

Bioethics Mediation: A Guide to Shaping Shared Solutions, Revised and Expanded Edition



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2011 07 26 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Tue, Jul 19, 2011

Working with HEIs to Develop Mediation Training in the UK

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has been supporting work to improve dispute resolution within higher education in the UK. The initiative known as Improving Dispute Resolution: Transforming Policy and Practice in Dispute Resolution in HEIs has released a number of reports that should be of interest to higher education conflict resolution folks. Of particular value is the Strand C report on developing campus mediation training. It includes a list of links to existing in-house mediation services available in the UK. See document links below…

Strand A - Disputes in your institution: lessons to be learned (PDF Document)

Strand B - Alternative Handling of Disputes (PDF Document)

Strand C - Working with HEIs to develop mediation training (PDF Document)



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2011 07 19 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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