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MWI Mediator Roundtables

Roundtables bring mediators and other practitioners together to discuss new ideas, strengthen ADR skills and to provide opportunities to learn from and engage with top-notch presenters from the conflict resolution community. Roundtables are free for all active MWI mediators. For those who are not active MWI mediators, we welcome you to attend up to one free Roundtable per calendar year. Thereafter, those who are not MWI mediators are still welcome to register, but with a $50 fee for attendance.

RSVP is required by registering below. Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.


Location

MWI
10 Liberty Square – 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Note that all MWI Roundtables start with social meeting time for 30 minutes followed by the featured program.


Calendar (click a date below for more information)

  • July 17, 2019 – “Obligations of the Mediator: A Case Study on Dealing with Confidentiality Concerns”
  • September 10, 2019 – “Nonviolent Communication Part 1: Using NVC in Mediation and in Life”
  • October 22, 2019 – “Nonviolent Communication Part 2: Experiential Laboratory for a Deeper Understanding of NVC”

July 17, 2019 – “Obligations of the Mediator: A Case Study on Dealing with Confidentiality Concerns”

Social Time – 1:00PM – 1:30PM
Presentation – 1:30PM – 3:00PM
Presenter – Chuck Doran

During a basic mediation training, we learn about confidentiality and it being one of the five principles of mediation. In practice, we are sometimes faced with challenges which demonstrate why it is indeed one of the hallmark standards. And for some of us, it might be years before we experience “that case”, the one which throws the most dangerous of curveballs that all of our previous mediation experience lacked a preparation for handling. What is actually required of mediators in terms of confidentiality? How do the exceptions to confidentiality inform our actions when a unique and alarming situation presents itself, one where a party’s plan to commit a crime or impose harm to self or others is disclosed? At what point, and how, do we go about working around our confidentiality commitments? MWI Executive Director Chuck is no stranger to these unique situations, and has a fascinating case study to share with us, along with his thoughts about how we can maintain our neutrality while answering to our obligations as a mediator. Join him and others for an afternoon of storytelling, strategizing and mediator toolkit development.

 


September 10, 2019 – “Nonviolent Communication Part 1: Using NVC in Mediation and in Life”

Social Time – 6:00PM – 6:30PM
Presentation – 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Presenter – Scott Loring

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg and practiced worldwide, is a communication style that examines the unmet needs behind what we say or do. The process transforms relationships with others and with one’s self. Sometimes referred to as “compassionate communication,” NVC fosters respect, attentiveness and empathy, and engenders a mutual desire to give from the heart. The form is simple, yet powerfully transformative, and uses careful observations to eliminate judgments, providing an effective language of neutrality for mediating a wide range of disputes. Further, using NVC in your mediation practice can help move the parties’ focus from positions to interests. Join us to learn more about NVC during a discussion led by mediator, trainer and conflict coach Scott Loring.

This workshop is the first in a two part series. In order to attend the June 25 Roundtable, “Nonviolent Communication Part 2,” participants should have completed either this or one of Scott’s previous “Nonviolent Communication Part 1” workshops. 

 


October 22, 2019 – “Nonviolent Communication Part 2: The Experiential Laboratory for a Deeper Understanding of NVC”

Social Time – 6:00PM – 6:30PM
Presentation – 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Presenter – Scott Loring

This workshop builds on the popular “Nonviolent Communication Part 1” as an opportunity to deepen understandings and experiences with NVC concepts created by Marshall Rosenberg. In this two hour workshop, participants will explore the difference between observations and evaluations, how to translate should statements into feeling and needs statements and how to find the unexpressed dreams beneath complaints. Bring your workbook from the previous workshop offered by mediator, trainer and conflict coach Scott Loring and be ready to have some fun as you explore this powerful yet simple tool for effective communication.

This workshop is the second in a two part series. In order to attend, participants should have completed either the May 28 or one of Scott’s previous “Nonviolent Communication Part 1” workshops. 

 


Register

To register for an MWI Mediator Roundtable, please complete the form below, indicating the date and name of the Roundtable you wish to enroll in. Marcus Stergio, Mediator and Manager of Commercial and Corporate Programs, will be in touch within two business days to confirm your registration.


For More Information

For more information about MWI’s Roundtables, please email Marcus Stergio at mstergio@mwi.org or call 617-895-4029 with questions.