Mediation Masters Series Training

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Conflict Resolution Training Associates, LLC (an affiliate of Divorce Mediation Training Associates, LLC) is launching a new advanced mediation training series under the title MEDIATION MASTER SERIES. Details for our inaugural training are below:

Join us Friday May 8 (12:30 PM to 5:00 PM) & Saturday May 9, 2020 (8:30 AM to 1:00 PM) at the Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown – Portsmouth, NH

Cost is $549 per person. (see our amazing presentation descriptions below)

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Kate Fanger has been mediating professionally since 2008, opening Kate Fanger Mediation (KFM) in 2010. KFM offers a variety of services, including divorce mediation, conflict & communication consulting, and marriage mediation. She is a former Vice President on the Board of MCFM, and former Editor of the Family Mediation Quarterly. Learn more at Kate will be presenting on Saturday May 9, 2020 on:

How Can You Say That?

Words can float boats or sink good will.  Choosing words carefully is not the small stuff, in work or in life.  Subtle or obvious, the words you use can be powerful tools, invitations, and transformers.  This will be an interactive workshop for improving your choice of words with your clients and with other professionals to create rapport, hope, successful negotiation, and above all effective communication.  We’ll talk about how and whether it matters what words you use, the power of a skilled question, and adjusting your language to your audience.  You will develop both a greater awareness and specific language related tools that support efficient negotiation in every situation and on every scale, from the easy to the emotionally charged.

Israela Adah Brill-Cass is an attorney, mediator, facilitator and founder of Fixerrr, LLC (three “r”s for rethink, respond and resolve), where she helps individuals and organizations enhance interpersonal communications, manage workplace conflict and maximize outcomes in negotiation. Israela has been a mediator since 1998 and since 2012 Israela has been teaching conflict, negotiation, mediation and pre-law courses at Emerson College, and in 2017 she became Wesleyan University’s inaugural Ombudsperson. Israela served as Executive Director of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC for 12 years and Israela is proud to have created the first federally-funded Agricultural Mediation Program in New England and she is a contributing author to “Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals” published by MCLE in November, 2013. Israela will be presenting on Friday May 8, 2020 on:

Exploring Bias in Mediation: Yours, Mine and Ours

Before we even speak, we are reacting to the world around us. Explicit and implicit biases help us protect ourselves, and they affect how we choose our reactions and words. As mediators, it is imperative that we recognize and understand our own implicit biases and how they might affect our interaction with clients. This will be an interactive workshop concentrating on understanding, recognizing and working with implicit bias. You will develop a greater awareness of the experience and bias you bring to the mediation table and a knowledge base on how to keep those biases from affecting your impartiality.

In addition, on Friday, May 8, 2020, Kate and Israela will join a panel of experienced mediators to discuss:

Difficult Cases (a panel and discussion workshop)

Every mediator faces difficult cases, that can vary in level of complexity, conflict, and concerning behavior or information. Even experienced mediators can learn from the challenges and solutions of other mediators. This panel is an opportunity to hear about difficult cases that some of New England’s most well known mediators have faced and how they handled them (for better or for worse). In addition, each panel member will moderate a smaller group discussion where attendees will have the opportunity to share and workshop difficult cases they’ve had. Bring a case or two you’d like to discuss and your brainstorming hat to help us have a rich interactive discussion.

Featuring Kate Fanger, Israela Adah Brill-Cass, DMTA owners Justin Kelsey and Ellen Waldorf and the following additional panelists:

Meegan Reis is a partner at the law firm of Dwyer, Donovan and Reis in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She currently practices Family Law and has been fortunate to be able to take her passion for mediation and collaboration and create a firm where that is the focus. Meegan graduated from the University of Richmond, TC Williams School of Law in 1998, and moved to the New Hampshire seacoast soon after. During her career, she has been in private civil practice
and in the public sector. After being a trial attorney for most of her career, her passion for mediation and collaboration developed in a rather non-traditional way. Prior to coming back into private practice in 2011, Meegan was hired by the Strafford County Attorney’s Office to create and implement an early case resolution program focused on alternative resolution and sentencing. In creating this new program she had to convince Judges, prosecutors, police chiefs, law enforcement, victims and counsel that they needed to put away their old ways of thinking and be open to new and different ways to resolve cases. This program thrives today as New Hampshire’s first of its kind alternative dispute resolution program in the criminal justice system. Meegan is also a board member of Collaborative Law alliance of New Hampshire and member of the Association of Professional Family Mediators.

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Jen Hawthorne is a mediator and collaborative law attorney focusing mainly on family law matters. Jennifer established a practice in 2013, and later joined Skylark Law & Mediation, PC in Southborough, Massachusetts.  Her work is firmly rooted in conflict resolution rather than litigation. She is dedicated to helping clients disentangle their financial lives as amicably as possible and preserve an on-going family relationship post-divorce in order to be effective co-parents. Jennifer joined the board of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) in 2016 and is a co-chair of the MCFM Publishing Committee. Prior to attending law school Jennifer worked in financial services in mutual accounting and reporting. She draws on both her knowledge of the financial industry and her legal and conflict resolution skills as a consultant for Gray Jay Endeavors, LLC in Southborough, Massachusetts.