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Annual Meeting and Conference

  • November 02, 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, 46 University Dr, Augusta


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MAM Annual Meeting and Conference - Thursday, November 2nd at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta. The Events Committee is preparing a full day with "Bridging Divides with Radical Listening" in the morning and "Choice Points - A Consultation Method for Mediators" in the afternoon. The afternoon session will contain an element of ethics for those interested in credit for the MSBA. DIRECTIONS

MAM members $60, Non MAM members $80. 

4.0 CLE and 1.5 Ethics credits pending

8:30 AM - Doors open - Refreshments available

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - BRIDGING DIVIDES WITH RADICAL LISTENING - Leah Boyd, Presenter - 2.75 CLE credits

As mediators, we regularly assist people in navigating challenging conversations. But what about when we encounter conflicts in our own lives that are bigger than we know how to manage? In the present times, many of us are finding ourselves challenged to maintain healthy connection with friends and family who have very different views than our own. This presentation will address radical listening skills for connecting across differences and explore how these skills are useful in both our personal and professional lives.

  • Is it possible to disagree in a way that actually brings me into closer connection?
  • What is my intention – to listen, to be heard, or to be right?
  • How can I speak and listen, without judgments and assumptions, and still show up powerfully and honestly?
  • Can I hear beneath strong words to discover shared needs and values?
  • What are some Non-Violent Communication (“NVC”) self-care strategies that can increase my efficacy?

Leah has been fully immersed in her work as mediator, facilitator & communication skills trainer since 2010. With a diverse background including public school teaching, professional music and human resources, Leah brings wide personal experience to her work with individuals and groups. Leah holds a BS in Education and is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication, having studied conflict transformation extensively over the past 10+ years. She has also trained extensively in a variety of additional styles of conflict resolution and group process, including Dynamic Facilitation, and is always expanding her skills with ongoing professional development.

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch is provided. There will be a short Business Meeting at 12:45 PM.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - CHOICE POINTS - A CONSULTATION METHOD FOR MEDIATORS - Jacqui Clark, Presenter - 1.25 CLE and 1.5 Ethics credits

The Choice Points model focuses attention on each moment in the mediation room similar to the attention required in a contemplative inquiry. The model magnifies those specific moments in mediation when mediators are opening both to what is happening in front of them – the issues, personalities, abilities and framework of the dispute at hand – and to what is happening inside – their reactions, biases, judgments, values, and skills sets.

This model invites mediators to join together to talk to other mediators. It builds on the curiosity and the values common to mediators. “Choice Points” invites you to become refreshed in your work as well as in your professional relationships.

And most importantly, “Choice Points” can strengthen the community of trusted colleagues with whom we share this extraordinary professional and personal journey.

Jacqui has been working with Mediation & Facilitation Resources since its inception. Her masters degree in Public Administration is a complement to her former experiences as executive director of a not-for-profit organization, project director in state government and rural organizational consultant under contract with the federal government all of which focused on child and family services. As a professional mediator since 1984 she is one of the most experienced family and small group mediators/facilitators in Maine. Her role in training and supervising mediators provides an excellent vantage point observing a wide range of situations and outcomes. Jacqui is the co-author of “Choice Points: a consultation guide for Mediators". She is known for reaching solid outcomes with a fast pace and direct communication.

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