Conference Sessions

The Great 8: Conflict Currencies and the Resolution Ratio

Friday Plenary
Friday, February 23 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Session Description:

Ever wonder why a matter doesn’t resolve even when a lot money is on the table? Or why a conflict lingers even when an apology is given? What more does it take?

Learn about the GREAT 8 CONFLICT CURRENCIES and how you can apply the RESOLUTION RATIO works to balance out the debits and credits at the heart of the conflicts you deal with to bring peace.

The Art of Recognizing Transformative Moments in Mediation

Friday, February 23 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Session Description:

This interactive participatory workshop will examine the mediation process, and in particular the opportunities for ‘transformative moments’ that arise in many mediations. Distinguishing from the pure transformative approach to mediation, the discussion will be focusing on particular moments or occasions during mediation that have the potential to be empowering and even transformative for the parties – perhaps even the lawyers- and what mediators can and should do to ensure that these are acknowledged and addressed.

Addressing Power Imbalances and Bias in Employment Mediation

Friday, February 23 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Family Reconciliation & Intervention Mediation

Friday, February 23 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Session Description:

When people say ‘Family Mediation’ in Texas, we think ‘divorce’ because this training is required in any mediation regarding the parent-child relationship. Did your Family Mediation Training teach you how to reconcile marriages, partnerships, families, resolve generational disputes, create discipline plans for intact, divorced or blended families, etc.? Isn’t mediation more suited to resolution than dissolution? So why is dissolution in family mediation the more common process?

Sharon and her team at Innovative Alternatives, Inc. have created a unique format for mediation called Family Reconciliation Mediation (FRM), and a mental health format called Family Intervention Mediation (FIM) that looks identical in process to FRM, but the role of one of the co-mediators can shift during the mediation to a mental health role (with prior preparation and permission of the clients of course) if a mental health issue is suspected based upon the history, issues or relational/individual symptoms presented either during screening meetings or during the mediation itself. If an undiagnosed mental health issue is present in one or both parties and a treatment plan to address the condition(s)is not negotiated in mediation, we are dooming the agreement to failure because those parties may not have the ability to keep their agreements. It is unethical for mediators to allow people to make agreements they cannot possibly keep. Did you also know that most insurance companies and Employee Assistance Programs will pay for these processes? Well they do. Come learn more about this powerful process for the benefit of many of your clients.

Pathways to Success: How To Avoid Mistakes and Create Thriving Practice

Friday, February 23 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Financial Decisions in Divorce

Friday, February 23 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session Description:

In this session, Pam will discuss the role that a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) plays in mediation from pre-divorce preparation to post-divorce checklists. Pam will discuss the intersection between mediation and financial realities of divorce including strategies to efficiently divide assets such as residential property, retirement plans, stock options. Other financial topics such as Social Security, college planning, and child & spousal support will be addressed.

Diversity in Mediation

Friday, February 23 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Elder Mediation Workshop

Friday, February 23 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Intersection of Mediator Ethics, Disputant Ethics, and Self-Determination

Friday, February 23 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Role of Mediation in Organizational Ombuds

Friday, February 23 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Advanced Training on Effective Joint Sessions

Friday, February 23 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Session Description:

The presentation will include the following: How to sell the joint session in an anti- joint session environment; should we give the joint session a new name and why it might help; what are the different varieties of joint sessions; does the joint session always have to be at the beginning; should we think of the mediator’s introduction differently; how the mediator brings peace and hope in the room; what never to say in the joint session.

Why Mediations Fail

Friday, February 23 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

What a Mediator Should Know About the Overlap of Immigration Law with other areas of Law, and Implications for the Parties

Friday, February 23 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Non-verbal Communication in ADR in an International World

Saturday, February 24 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

High Conflict in Mediation

Saturday, February 24 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Multidisciplinary Co-Mediation

Saturday, February 24 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Session Description:

This session will cover:
The Mediation Market
Bonuses within mediation
Insurance mediation after a catastrophe
Effects of attorney and non-attorney co-mediation on family mediation cases

LGBT Divorce

Saturday, February 24 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Domestic Violence Training for Child Custody Mediators

Saturday, February 24 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Session Description:

The Texas Council on Family Violence will provide the 4-hour domestic violence training that complies with the SB 539 requirement for child-custody mediators.

The training includes these components:
• Dynamics of domestic violence
• Child exposure and resiliency
• Intersection of domestic violence (DV) and child custody, including the Texas statutory framework
• Trauma-informed, safety centered mediation practice