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Shifting to Neutral: A Not So Basic Mediation Workshop

Location: UC College of Law


Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 4:00-9:15 pm
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 4:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9:00 am - 4:30 p.m.

CLE: 15.5 CLE credits have been applied for, including 1 hr. ethics for OH and KY. Approval is expected.

COST: The pricing is $575 early fee or $625 regular fee. The fee increases to $625 after January 22nd.

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About the Workshop

This workshop is designed for those for those who represent parties in mediation but have not often sat in the mediator’s chair, and those whose work involves mediating between warring factions but without formal appointment as mediator.  Lawyers and other professionals will learn how to apply skills and experience in negotiation, conflict resolution, and problem solving to the neutral mediator’s role.

The workshop is highly interactive and fosters participation through discussion and involvement in five different mediation simulations, sequenced to highlight increasingly complex issues and advanced skills. We will address effective mediator strategies within basic stages of the process as well as underlying concepts in conflict theory, communication, and negotiation.  The workshop will include focus on mediation challenges:  emotional dynamics, difficult personalities, impasse, and ethical dilemmas. 

To accommodate professional schedules, the workshop’s three session structure includes two evenings and one Saturday. The Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section recommends twelve hours of basic mediation training and two hours of Uniform Mediation Act training for mediators; this workshop meets both of those recommendations.  Application has been made for 14 hours of CLE credit (including 1 hour of ethics) in Ohio and Kentucky; approval is expected.

Workshop faculty include: John Cruze, Supervising Mediator, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas ADR Program; Cathleen Kuhl, Director & Mediator, Hamilton County Municipal Court Mediation Service; and Marjorie Aaron, Professor of Practice, Univ. of Cincinnati College of Law, and Mediator.