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Mediation Practices to Enhance Party Preparedness: Panel Discussion and Networking Opportunity

  • The Pennsylvania Council of Mediators (PCM) and the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) are pleased to present this program in conjunction with Conflict Resolution Month.

    Join your conflict resolution peers on Thursday, October 1, 6-8:30 pm, for an evening of networking, professional development, facilitated discussion, and fine food. The program is at HeadRoom, 24 Veterans Square, Media, PA. The site is on the SEPTA trolley line and a few blocks from the regional rail station. Street parking is plentiful and garage parking is available.

    The program is free. Please RSVP to Ellen Morfei by Monday, September 28.

    6:00pm Refreshments and Networking

    1. Welcome and Introductions
    2. Crafting Better Mediation Outcomes through Party Preparation Panel Discussion (1 CLE available)

      • Panelists:
      • Nancy Glidden, Counsel, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, West Chester Web LinkedIn
      • Tracy Hornig, Director of Mediation and Training, Center for Resolutions, Media Web LinkedIn
      • Crispino Pastore, President and Managing Attorney-Mediator at Main Line Family Law Center, LLC., Havertown Web LinkedIn

      At the pre-conference workshop of PCM's annual conference in April, 2015, Professor Timothy Hedeen presented ways to improve mediation outcomes. One of his three workshop modules focused on party preparedness.

      Hedeen reviewed various research on party preparedness including results of a survey he conducted of mediation professionals. Among the interesting results was the determination that mediators considered mediation clients (parties, not their lawyers or other professionals) to be under-prepared for mediation 47% of the time. The same survey respondents identified these as the five most overlooked preparation steps:

        1. Strengths and weaknesses of the party's own case
        2. The other party's interests in the dispute
        3. Strengths and weaknesses of the other party's case
        4. The party's interests in the dispute
        5. The role of the mediator

      Join fellow local mediation practitioners as they share how they prepare parties for mediation, what steps they are taking to address these issues, and other aspects of party preparedness.

    3. Mediation Community Dialogue on the State of Mediation in PA
    4. Wrap-up and Next Steps

    8:30pm ADJOURN
  • PCM News

    • PCM is now partnered with the PA Association of Realtors (PAR) to create a roster of mediators available to mediate buyer/seller and broker/broker disputes.

      PCM members are eligible to fill out the roster application form. For more information, contact Lisa Aaron at PAR – 1-800-555-3390.
    • View a demonstration of online mediation recorded for the 2015 conference under the guidance of Giuseppe Leone, Virtual Mediation Lab. 20-minute version | Full, one hour version
    • Mission

      • PCM strives to promote the use of mediation through educating the public, increasing the demand for qualified practitioners, and providing a network for professional development.