Conference Agenda by Day

CME GUIDE

 A- Appellate CD- Cultural Diversity
 E- Ethics F- Family
 G- General IPV- Interpersonal Violence
 R- Circuit T- Train the Trainer

Workshop Sessions A, B, C, D, E provide 1.5 CME each.

    • Thursday, August 10, 2017
    •  

      Pre-Conference Training

      12:30 PM  -  12:59 PM
      Pre-Conference Ethics Workshop Check-in
      1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Pre-Conference Workshop: Exploring Mediator Ethics (E)  (E- Ethics)
      Florida has one of the most (if not the most) comprehensive set of ethical standards for mediators which is accompanied by an impressive enforcement scheme. Through a series of interactive activities, participants will explore the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators in light of the January 2017 revisions. Participants will also receive updates on ethical developments from around the nation... and earn all of their ethics CMEs in one place.

      Participant Materials

      Speaker:
       

      Welcome Reception

      4:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
      Conference Registration Check-in
      5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM
      Welcome Reception
      The Welcome Reception is included in your conference registration fee. Please RSVP during the registration process.
    • Friday, August 11, 2017
    •  
      6:30 AM  -  7:30 AM
      Wellness Activity: Friday Morning Yoga
      Come enjoy a slow moving, take a deep breath and let it all go Hatha/Vinyasa flow class. This class combines flow (synchronizing breath and movement), with holding and deepening into postures, and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and totally conference and mediation ready! This class is suitable for all levels including those who have not tried yoga before, and modifications will be offered to those who need them. All you will need is comfortable clothing, a mat or towel and a positive attitude!
      Limited capacity, this class will be available to the first 30 participants who arrive.
      Instructor:
       

      General Session

      8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Breakfast Buffet Provided
      8:30 AM  -  10:15 AM
      Opening Plenary & Keynote: The Florida Experience: Reflections from Outside the Frying Pan (G)  (2.1 CME General)
      Thirty years ago, Florida embarked on a grand experiment in institutionalizing mediation and arbitration services in the state court system. For two decades, Sharon Press led this effort as the first the Associate Director and then the Director of the DRC. In 2009 she left Florida to become a professor and director of the Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. With the benefit of some distance, Professor Press will reflect on the Florida experience – where it started and what the future may hold.
      Keynote Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Break
       

      Workshop Session A

      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      3 Part Arbitration Training Track (No CME)  (No CME)

      This 4-hour training program combines lecture and discussion to promote comprehensive understanding and skills development for the arbitrator appointed to arbitrate a non binding county or circuit court actions. This training meets the requirements of rule 11.020, Training, Florida Rules for Court-Appointed Arbitrators. You must attend all 3 workshop sessions A,B,C to complete the training. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.

      Presenter Materials
      Arbitration Training PPT

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      THIS CLASS IS FULL- REGISTRATION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE
      This 7 hour appellate mediator certification training is the first step in becoming a Florida Supreme Court certified appellate mediator. One must be a certified family, dependency or circuit mediator to qualify for appellate mediator certification. There are no role play or mentorship requirements. You must attend all 5 workshop sessions (A,B,C, D, E) to complete the training. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Comparative Appellate Mediation Practices (A)  (A - Appellate)

      This workshop will review the nature of the differences in how each of the five District Courts of Appeal (DCA) approach mediation and how successful the use of mediation for appeals has been beyond the 5th DCA. A comparison of the Federal Appellate Mediation Model with the Florida rules will teach appellate mediators about this very different mediation method.

      Presenter Materials
      A - Comparative Appellate Mediation Practices PPT

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Domestic Violence and Mediation: A Dangerous Intersection? (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      This workshop will explore the intersection of the dynamics of domestic violence with mediation in family law cases. Strategies for effectively handling mediation where domestic violence has been identified will be presented, in addition to, strategies for determining which cases should not be mediated at all.

      Presenter Materials
      AC - Domestic Violence and Mediation PPT

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Ethics: Daring Dilemmas and Sensational Scenarios What Would You Do to Resolve These? (E)  (E - Ethics)
      This workshop will closely examine ethical dilemmas and scenarios that all mediators may face. We will identify the dilemma and discuss various actions that the mediator may take, whether the mediator must terminate the mediation or can ethically take action to continue and work toward resolution. The workshop will consider the various approaches to mediation and review the cases using practical methodologies. We will use the Florida rules, MEAC Opinions and participants experiences in our discussions and problem solving.
      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Generating Settlements Through Lateral Thinking Techniques (G)  (G - General)

      Lateral thinking techniques rearrange information to allow the parties to explore beyond the processes of acceptance and rejection that are the basis of logical thinking. This workshop will focus on the uses of de Bono's insight restructuring tool "PO" to generate movement in dispute resolution beyond that of "Yes" and "No" in an interactive participatory setting.

      Presenter Materials
      AD - Generating Settlements Through Lateral Thinki

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Hope - The Essence of Resolving Family Disputes (F)  (F - Family)
      Family attorneys usually see clients who are stressed and fearful about their future. The uncertainty makes it difficult for many clients to appropriately participate in settlement negotiations. This workshop will present the benefits of hope and how to give it to our clients and ourselves.
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      How Do You Deal with This? Ethical Dilemmas and Practical Quandaries During Mediation (E)  (E - Ethics)

      This workshop explores solutions to a dozen real-life ethical dilemmas and practical quandaries faced by mediators. Two highly experienced mediators examine, with audience interaction, many of the perplexing, serious, not-so-serious, and sometimes bizarre problems that vex, test and entertain the busy mediator. Ethical conflicts and dilemmas abound. Attendees should come prepared to sit near the front of the room, scratch their heads, and participate.

      Presenter Materials
      A_B - HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THIS PPT

      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Leverage in Tort Claims - Using and Defusing the Proposal for Settlement (R)  (R - Circuit)

      This workshop will explore the intricate nuances of Proposals for Settlement (PFS). This area of the law is a moving target and attendees will receive up to date analysis of the issues that the PFS threat poses at mediation in tort claims such as: when PFS is valid; when in the course of the litigation it should be filed to create the most leverage; and whether the leverage can be defused and how.

      Presenter Materials
      AD - Leverage in Tort Claims PPT

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      LGBTQ Relationships: The New Family and Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution (CD)  (CD - Cultural/Diversity Awaren)

      Now is an exciting time to be in family law, as we have witnessed the recognition of rights of LGBTQ families and a march towards equality. This engaging, highly-interactive workshop will explore how mediators can help LGBTQ clients through private dispute resolution and examine current and future challenges and opportunities for the new family.

      Presenter Materials
      AB - LGBTQ Relationships Handout #1
      AB - LGBTQ Relationships Handout #2
      AB - LGBTQ Relationships Handout #3
      AB - LGBTQ Relationships Handout #4

      Speakers:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Mediation in Public Policy (R)  (R - Circuit)
      Mediation in the last quarter of a century has proven itself as an effective process for resolving cases within the judicial branch of our government at the federal, state, and local levels. With the need for more effective and efficient decision-making within the other branches of government, this presentation makes the case for "Mediation in Public Policy."
      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Mediation in the Public Sector (R)  (R - Circuit)
      A mediation involving a local government entity comes with a unique set of statutory requirements which change the traditional rules of mediation. This presentation will familiarize mediators with the specific limitations on settlement authority, confidentiality, public record requirements, and other items faced by the representative of a local government entity and provide insight on how to address these issues.
      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC) - Year in Review (E)  (E - Ethics)

      This workshop will review the 2016 MEAC opinions that were published, explain them, and help mediators understand their practical implications. Specifically, we will explore why the MEAC opinions were decided the way they were and how mediators can avoid the ethical issues addressed in each opinion.

      Presenter Materials
      MEAC Year in Review PPT

      Presenter:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Workplace Bullying: The Need for Policies to Build Peace in the Workplace (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      This interactive workshop will explore bullying in the workforce, including its recognition, why people do not intervene, intervention techniques, and appropriate human resource management. Come ready to join the conversation!

      Presenter Materials
      Workplace Bullying PPT

      Speaker:
       

      General Session

      11:45 AM  -  12:45 PM
      Lunch Provided
       

      Workshop Session B

      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      3 Part Arbitration Training (No CME)  (No CME)

      This 4-hour training program combines lecture and discussion to promote comprehensive understanding and skills development for the arbitrator appointed to arbitrate a non binding county or circuit court actions. This training meets the requirements of rule 11.020, Training, Florida Rules for Court-Appointed Arbitrators. You must attend all 3 workshop sessions A,B,C to complete the training. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.

      Presenter Materials
      Arbitration Training PPT

      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      This 7 hour appellate mediator certification training is the first step in becoming a Florida Supreme Court certified appellate mediator. One must be a certified family, dependency or circuit mediator to qualify for appellate mediator certification. There are no role play or mentorship requirements. You must attend all 5 workshop sessions (A,B,C, D, E) to complete the training. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      De-escalating Potentially Dangerous Mediation Proceedings (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      Mediator Brandon Peters will co-present with veteran hostage negotiator Rick Salcedo on anticipating, planning for and managing highly-emotional mediation proceedings. The goal of this session is to enhance mediator awareness and maximize participant safety by focusing on actual scenarios including discussing Detective Salcedo's role in directing communications with barricaded hostages during the tragic Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016.

      Presenter Materials
      BD - De-escalating Potentially Dangerous Mediation

      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Doing Justice with Court Interpreting in Mediation (CD)  (CD - Cultural/Diversity)

      This workshop will focus on the participation of language interpreters in mediation. Topics include, the role and functions of interpreter’s in mediation, the need for interpreters, and the qualifications of a certified, provisonally approved, and registered court interpreters.

      Presenter Materials
      BC - Doing Justice With Court Interpreting In Medi

      Speakers:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Domestic Violence: Structure, Impact and Collaboration (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      This workshop will offer an exploration of domestic violence including, definitions and risk factors, the importance of a local Fatality Review Team and the team's impact on the community, and how DV- related homicides and suicides can be prevented.

      Presenter Materials
      BE - Domestic Violence Structure Impact and Collab

      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Ethics: Daring Dilemmas and Sensational Scenarios What Would You Do To Resolve These? (E)  (E - Ethics)
      This workshop will closely examine ethical dilemmas and scenarios that all mediators may face. We will identify the dilemma and discuss various actions that the mediator may take, whether the mediator must terminate the mediation or can ethically take action to continue and work toward resolution. The workshop will consider the various approaches to mediation and review the cases using practical methodologies. We will use the Florida rules, MEAC Opinions and participants experiences in our discussions and problem solving.
      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      How Do You Deal With This? Ethical Dilemmas and Practical Quandaries During Mediation (E)  (E - Ethics)

      This workshop explores solutions to a dozen real-life ethical dilemmas and practical quandaries faced by mediators. Two highly experienced mediators examine, with audience interaction, many of the perplexing, serious, not-so-serious, and sometimes bizarre problems that vex, test and entertain the busy mediator. Ethical conflicts and dilemmas abound. Attendees should come prepared to sit near the front of the room, scratch their heads, and participate.

      Presenter Materials
      A_B - HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THIS PPT

      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Implicit Bias 101 ((CD)  (CD - Cultural/Diversity Awaren)
      Mediators have an obligation to create a safe, bias free environment for parties to engage in meaningful mediations. Their own neutrality is critical to the integrity of the process. By learning about the concept of implicit bias and the science of decision making, mediators will have the tools to understand the role unconscious bias plays in negotiation dynamics and how mediators can consciously reduce the impact of bias and prejudice without losing impartiality as a neutral during the dispute resolution process.

      Participant Materials
      Recognizing and Eliminating Bias from Court Operations
      BE - Implicit Bias PPT
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Keeping it Neutral - Preserving Neutrality and Preventing the Appearance of Partiality (E)  (E - Ethics)
      This presentation focuses on the importance of maintaining impartiality and neutrality not only as our ethical duty as mediators, but as a critical component to reaching a resolution. The presentation is based on the experiences of two full-time civil mediators who are also father and son. The objective is to give participants real life examples of techniques they can use to help make their next mediation more successful by avoiding common pitfalls that may give the appearance of partiality.
      Speakers:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      LGBTQ Relationships: The New Family and Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution (CD)  (CD - Cultural/Diversity Awaren)

      Now is an exciting time to be in family law, as we have witnessed the recognition of rights of LGBTQ families and a march towards equality. This engaging, highly-interactive workshop will explore how mediators can help LGBTQ clients through private dispute resolution and examine current and future challenges and opportunities for the new family.

      Presenter Materials
      AB - LGBTQ Relationships Handout #1
      AB - LGBTQ Relationships Handout #2
      AB - LGBTQ Relationships Handout #3
      AB - LGBTQ Relationships Handout #4

      Speakers:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Roundtable for ADR Trainers/Educators: Facilitated Discussion of Issues,Trends, and Best Practice(T)  (T - Train the Trainer)

      Veteran trainers Robert Shearer and Jeanne Maes are back to explore adult student learning, effective presentation skills, lessons learned from small group activities and training methodologies. Come prepared to learn and share.

      Presenter Materials
      BC - Roundtable for ADR Trainers and Educators Han
      BC - Roundtable for ADR Trainers and Educators PPT

      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      The Appellate Mediator's Toolbox (A)  (A - Appellate)
      There is a common "toolbox" for circuit or family mediators, filled with tools to help get the trial-bound parties to reach settlement. Those same tools may not work as well to create a settlement for these parties when they are post-trial and headed to an appellate court. Learn what tools should be in your appellate mediator's toolbox and how to use them most effectively.
      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      The Gray Divorce Revolution...Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me When I'm 64? (CD)  (CD - Cultural/Diversity Awaren)

      Gray Divorce is the term referring to the demographic trend of the alarming increase in the divorce rate of baby boomers (dob 1946-1964). This presentation shines a light on the myriad of reasons for the so called Baby Boomer Divorce Explosion now taking place across America and in fact around the world.

      Presenter Materials
      BE- The Gray Divorce Revolution

      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      The Magic of Powerful Questions in Dispute Resolution (G)  (G - General)

      Questions are the key to negotiation and dispute resolution and yet the wrong questions can derail negotiations. The right questions can elicit exploration and understanding. Different points of view and information needed for resolution and compromise will be elicited. In this workshop, participants will engage in a process from Dr. Pat's 30 years as a psychologist, mediator, author and success coach, on how the Coach Approach can teach the use of "powerful questions."

      Presenter Materials
      B_C - The Magic of Powerful Questions

      Speaker:
      2:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
      Break
       

      General Session

      2:30 PM  -  4:15 PM
      Safety and Security for Mediators (IPV)  (2.1 CME, IPV)
      The 2016-2021 Long-Range Strategic Plan for the Florida Judicial Branch includes Goal 4.1: Protect all judges, court personnel, court users, and facilities through effective security, emergency preparedness, and continuity of operations plans. It is imperative that mediators know how to maintain a safe and secure professional environment that promotes the security of attendees at mediation. A frustrated or disgruntled citizen involved in the mediation process may pose a danger to the mediator or others.
      General Session Speaker:
      4:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Refreshment Break
       

      Workshop Session C

      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      3 Part Arbitration Training (No CME)  (No CME)

      This 4-hour training program combines lecture and discussion to promote comprehensive understanding and skills development for the arbitrator appointed to arbitrate a non binding county or circuit court actions. This training meets the requirements of rule 11.020, Training, Florida Rules for Court-Appointed Arbitrators. You must attend all 3 workshop sessions A,B,C to complete the training. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.

      Presenter Materials
      Arbitration Training PPT

      Speaker:
      4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      This 7 hour appellate mediator certification training is the first step in becoming a Florida Supreme Court certified appellate mediator. One must be a certified family, dependency or circuit mediator to qualify for appellate mediator certification. There are no role play or mentorship requirements. You must attend all 5 workshop sessions (A,B,C, D, E) to complete the training. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      Speaker:
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Doing Justice With Court Interpreting In Mediation

      This workshop will focus on the participation of language interpreters in mediation. Topics include, the role and functions of interpreter’s in mediation, the need for interpreters, and the qualifications of a certified, provisonally approved, and registered court interpreters.

      Presenter Materials
      BC - Doing Justice With Court Interpreting In Medi

      Speakers:
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Domestic Violence and Mediation: A Dangerous Intersection? (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      This workshop will explore the intersection of the dynamics of domestic violence with mediation in family law cases. Strategies for effectivelyhandling mediation where domestic violence has been identified will be presented, in addition to, strategies for determining which cases should not be mediated at all.

      Presenter Materials
      AC - Domestic Violence and Mediation PPT

      Speaker:
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Elder Mediation: The Big Picture (CD)  (CD - Cultural/Diversity)
      Elder Law Mediation and Shared Family Decision Making is an emerging specialty for professional mediators. This trend is especially important in Florida where our population is among the oldest in the country. This session will provide an overview of the process as well as an exploration of the benefits and challenges the mediators of elder law issues can expect. Join trainers Professor Susan Dubow and Dr. Elinor Robin to find out if elder law mediation is a way for you to build an additional revenue stream, while making a real contribution.
      Speakers:
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Hope - The Essence of Resolving Family Disputes (F)  (F - Family)
      Family attorneys usually see clients who are stressed and fearful about their future. The uncertainty makes it difficult for many clients to appropriately participate in settlement negotiations. This workshop will present the benefits of hope and how to give it to our clients and ourselves.
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Interpersonal Violence in Mediation: Beyond Families (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      This workshop will discuss the newly expanded scope of domestic violence, termed now as "interpersonal violence." By using a combination of video clips, interactive polls, updated data on incidence of interpersonal violence, and red flag discussions, attendees of this workshop will be able to identify common myths about interpersonal violence; detail common "red flags" that may be seen in mediation where interpersonal violence has occurred between parties; and list suggested practices for safe management in mediation where interpersonal violence may be an issue.

      Presenter Materials
      CE - Interpersonal Violence in Mediation PPT

      Speaker:
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Keeping it Neutral - Preserving Neutrality and Preventing the Appearance of Partiality (E)  (E - Ethics)
      This presentation focuses on the importance of maintaining impartiality and neutrality not only as our ethical duty as mediators, but as a critical component to reaching a resolution. The presentation is based on the experiences of two full-time civil mediators who are also father and son. The objective is to give participants real life examples of techniques they can use to help make their next mediation more successful by avoiding common pitfalls that may give the appearance of partiality.
      Speakers:
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Mediation and Modern Family Building (F)  (F - Family)

      Assisted reproduction is becoming increasingly more common and plays a major role in modern family building, however, in some areas the law is still playing catch up with situations arising from disputes in this area. This workshop is aimed at introducing and working through the various mediation situations that could arise in cases involving assisted reproductive technology (i.e. sperm/egg/embryo donation and gestational surrogacy). This workshop will address a summary of the law as well as the potential problems that could arise with assisted reproduction in cases involving divorce, estate planning, and family building. It will explore the different scenarios that creating, using, and storing genetic material could bring and the interconnectedness of the various parties that are involved in getting to that point. It is important as a mediator to know what to look for and where to look for it to resolve disputes of this kind.The presentation will have various examples, both hypothetical and real life cases, to help illustrate the various situations and show the importance of having a familiarity with the subject. With the uncertainty that families using assisted reproduction face in the courts, mediation is an incredibly important step to reaching a resolution for something that is arguably one of the most important and personal decisions in a family, the potential to have a child.

      Presenter Materials
      CE - Mediation and Modern Family Building PPT

      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Mediation in Public Policy (R)  (R - Circuit)
      Mediation in the last quarter of a century has proven itself as an effective process for resolving cases within the judicial branch of our government at the federal, state, and local levels. With the need for more effective and efficient decision-making within the other branches of government, this presentation makes the case for "Mediation in Public Policy."
      Speaker:
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Moving Beyond the Lecture (T)  (T - Train the Trainer)

      Adult education can be fun and engaging instead of boring and mundane. How individuals learn can vary from person to person, so it is important to understand how to tie various learning styles together. This course will take a look at techniques to capture the audience with more than words.

      Presenter Materials
      CE - Moving Beyond the Lecture

      Speaker:
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Roundtable for ADR Trainers and Educators: Facilitated Discussion of Issues, Trends, and Best (T)  (T - Train the Trainer)

      Veteran trainers Robert Shearer and Jeanne Maes are back to explore adult student learning, effective presentation skills, lessons learned from small group activities and training methodologies. Come prepared to learn and share.

      Presenter Materials
      BC - Roundtable for ADR Trainers and Educators Han
      BC - Roundtable for ADR Trainers and Educators PPT

      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      Selective Use of Mediation for Immigration Cases (R)  (R - Circuit)

      This workshop focuses on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court's selective use of mediation for immigration cases. The current political and social climate have escalated immigration and placed heavy tolls on the various government institutions nation-wide creating overflow in an environment already riddled with overtaxing of resources and simply not enough time for court resolution. Mediation can be one way to address these current immigration realities.

      Presenter Materials
      CD - Selective Use of Mediation for Immigration Ca

      Speakers:
      4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM
      The Magic of Powerful Questions in Dispute Resolution (G)  (G - General)

      Questions are the key to negotiation and dispute resolution and yet the wrong questions can derail negotiations. The right questions can elicit exploration and understanding. Different points of view and information needed for resolution and compromise will be elicited. In this workshop, participants will engage in a process from Dr. Pat's 30 years as a psychologist, mediator, author and success coach, on how the Coach Approach can teach the use of "powerful questions."

      Presenter Materials
      B_C - The Magic of Powerful Questions

      Speaker:
       
      6:00 PM  -  7:15 PM
      Wellness Activity: Friday Evening Walk
      Participants can enjoy a fun fitness walk/jog through the scenic Grande Lakes properties which are set in the heart of 500 lush acres of tropical landscape. As you follow along the marked path, you will have the opportunity to check out the Whisper Creek Farm, the golf course and the other interesting amenities these properties have to offer. You are invited to go at your own pace and distance, and you will be provided with a map and encouragement along the way! A 5k path will be marked for those training for an upcoming race! Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and meet in front of the Spa/Fitness Center.
      Instructor:
    • Saturday, August 12, 2017
    •  
      6:30 AM  -  7:30 AM
      Wellness Activity: Saturday Morning Yoga
      Come enjoy a slow moving, take a deep breath and let it all go Hatha/Vinyasa flow class.  This class combines flow (synchronizing breath with movement), with holding and deepening into postures, and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and totally conference and mediation ready! This class is suitable for all levels, and modifications will be offered to those who need them.
      Limited capacity, this class will be available to the first 30 participants who arrive.
      Instructor:
      8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Breakfast Buffet Provided
       

      Workshop Session D

      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      This 7 hour appellate mediator certification training is the first step in becoming a Florida Supreme Court certified appellate mediator. One must be a certified family, dependency or circuit mediator to qualify for appellate mediator certification. There are no role play or mentorship requirements. You must attend all 5 workshop sessions (A,B,C, D, E) to complete the training. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      Speaker:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Apology and Forgiveness as Tools for Resolving Disputes (G)  (G - General)

      One of the primary objectives of this presentation is to invite participants to explore the idea that the capacity to demonstrate and deliver an effective apology is a critical element within the dynamics of the mediation process. Understanding the art of apology is necessary in dispute resolution settings where stress and emotional stakes are high.

      Presenter Materials
      DE - Apology and Forgiveness PPT

      Speaker:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      De-escalating Potentially Dangerous Mediation Proceedings (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      Mediator Brandon Peters will co-present with veteran hostage negotiator Rick Salcedo on anticipating, planning for and managing highly-emotional mediation proceedings. The goal of this session is to enhance mediator awareness and maximize participant safety by focusing on actual scenarios including discussing Detective Salcedo's role in directing communications with barricaded hostages during the tragic Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016.

      Presenter Materials
      BD - De-escalating Potentially Dangerous Mediation

      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Elder Mediation: The Big Picture (CD)  (CD - Cultural/Diversity Awaren)
      Elder Law Mediation and Shared Family Decision Making is an emerging specialty for professional mediators. This trend is especially important in Florida where our population is among the oldest in the country. This session will provide an overview of the process as well as an exploration of the benefits and challenges the mediators of elder law issues can expect. Join trainers Professor Susan Dubow and Dr. Elinor Robin to find out if elder law mediation is a way for you to build an additional revenue stream, while making a real contribution.
      Speakers:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Ethics: Enhancing Your Opening Statement (E)  (E - Ethics)

      An opening statement should be clear, concise and welcoming. In this workshop you will learn to bolster your opening statement by critiquing examples and discussing relevant Florida mediator rules and statutes. This ethics workshop will help you trim the fat from your opening statement while making sure you cover all required information.

      Presenter Materials
      DE - Ethics Enhancing Your Opening Statement PPT

      Speaker:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Generating Settlements Through Lateral Thinking Techniques (G)  (G - General)

      Lateral thinking techniques rearrange information to allow the parties to explore beyond the processes of acceptance and rejection that are the basis of logical thinking. This workshop will focus on the uses of de Bono's insight restructuring tool "PO" to generate movement in dispute resolution beyond that of "Yes" and "No" in an interactive participatory setting.

      Presenter Materials
      AD - Generating Settlements Through Lateral Thinki

      Speaker:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Handling Negativity (G)  (G - General)
      Negativity is a reality of our everyday lives which also can affect the mediation process in a profound way. This workshop will explore the causes of negativity and techniques to deal with negative attitudes during mediation and in your everyday life. This will be an interactive workshop with opportunities for participants to also share best practices.
      Speaker:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Leverage in Tort Claims - Using and Defusing the Proposal for Settlement (R)  (R - Circuit)

      This workshop will explore the intricate nuances of Proposals for Settlement (PFS). This area of the law is a moving target and attendees will receive up to date analysis of the issues that the PFS threat poses at mediation in tort claims such as: when PFS is valid; when in the course of the litigation it should be filed to create the most leverage; and whether the leverage can be defused and how.

      Presenter Materials
      AD - Leverage in Tort Claims PPT

      Speaker:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Mediation Confidentiality Ethical Challenges: Best Practices for the Experienced Mediator (E)  (E - Ethics)
      This interactive workshop will review a mediator's responsibilities concerning confidentiality and discuss difficult ethical challenges involving confidentiality. Participants will be invited to answer a challenging 15 item questionnaire survey and the answers to these questions will address a brief review of key aspects of the Florida Mediation Confidentiality and Privilege Act including exceptions to confidentiality not included in the Act; procedural mediation rules, standards of professional conduct and MEAC Opinions addressing confidentiality. Trainers will be presented with how a brief test can be utilized as a tool for advanced mediation training.
      Speaker:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Retirement Plans, QDROs, MQCOs, LOIs & Plan Transfers. (F)  (F - Family)

      This workshop focuses on retirement plans and benefit transfers which are normally seen as equitable property distributions in dissolution of marriage cases, including employer-sponsored plans, government and military plans, and IRAs. The workshop also covers common mistakes in agreement wording to have the plans appropriately transferred, the difference between different types of plans, and some information on how taxation is considered.

      Presenter Materials
      D - Retirement Plans PPT

      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Selective Use of Mediation for Immigration Cases (R)  (R - Circuit)

      This workshop focuses on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court's selective use of mediation for immigration cases. The current political and social climate have escalated immigration and placed heavy tolls on the various government institutions nation-wide creating overflow in an environment already riddled with overtaxing of resources and simply not enough time for court resolution. Mediation can be one way to address these current immigration realities.

       Presenter Materials
      CD - Selective Use of Mediation for Immigration Ca

      Speakers:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      The Increasing Popularity of Mediation & its Hybrid Processes in Domestic & International Disputes  (G - General)
      This highly interactive presentation will begin by defining a shared description of hybrid dispute resolution processes compared to Florida Supreme Court certified mediation processes. In so doing, we will clearly identify both the ethical dangers of blending processes, as well as the potential benefits to savvy business users who may choose from the array of dispute resolution processes available. Combining mediation and another dispute resolution process should be done in a clear and transparent way, and only when parties fully understand the process they are selecting. We will examine the most common hybrid processes including Med-Arb, Arb-Med, Special Masters, Private Judging, Conciliation, ENE, etc. We will also explore the use of multiple processes such as Grievance Procedures, Collaborative Law, and Ombuds. Lastly, we will look at informal hybrid processes and ethical issues which can arise when there are no clear process guidelines and mutual understanding of the process. We will explore the cultural contexts from which hybrid dispute resolution emerged and how it fits with what we do in the United States, as well as in Florida. We will explore aspects such as the adaptability of our field, cultural fit of dispute resolution processes, and how the process and the problem have an interactive relationship.We will also highlight the obvious disadvantages and cautions in the use of hybrid. Finally, consider the future of hybrid models in our increasingly global communities.Three Sentence Description:It takes two to tango, but when we use hybrid dispute resolution processes, mediation dances to its own beat. This interactive presentation will create a shared description of hybrid dispute resolution processes compared to Florida Supreme Court certified mediation. In so doing, we will clearly identify both the ethical dangers of the casual blending of processes, as well as the potential benefits to savvy business or international users who wish to jointly and artfully choose from the array of dispute resolution processes available.
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Workplace Bullying: The Need for Policies to Build Peace in the Workplace (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      This interactive workshop will explore bullying in the workforce, including its recognition, why people do not intervene, intervention techniques, and appropriate human resource management. Come ready to join the conversation!

      Presenter Materials
      AD - Workplace Bullying PPT

      Speaker:
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Yours, Mine, and Ours? Challenging Situations in Family Mediation (F)  (F - Family)

      As family mediators, we are often faced with information that "pops up" during the mediation that changes the landscape completely, for example, when the mediator learns there are other children born during a marriage who are not common to the parties; or the children have been raised by a third party who is not part of the mediation; or other crazy and interesting situations that, in the scheme of things, we call "life." This course will dig into the nuances of such challenging scenarios and determine the best responses mediators can appropriately and ethically provide.

      Presenter Materials
      D- Yours Mine and Ours PPT

       
      9:45 AM  -  10:15 AM
      Break
       

      Workshop Session E

      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      This 7 hour appellate mediator certification training is the first step in becoming a Florida Supreme Court certified appellate mediator. One must be a certified family, dependency or circuit mediator to qualify for appellate mediator certification. There are no role play or mentorship requirements. You must attend all 5 workshop sessions (A,B,C, D, E) to complete the training. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Apology and Forgiveness as Tools for Resolving Disputes (G)  (G - General)

      One of the primary objectives of this presentation is to invite participants to explore the idea that the capacity to demonstrate and deliver an effective apology is a critical element within the dynamics of the mediation process. Understanding the art of apology is necessary in dispute resolution settings where stress and emotional stakes are high.

      Presenter Materials
      DE - Apology and Forgiveness PPT

      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Domestic Violence: Structure, Impact and Collaboration (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      This workshop will offer an exploration of domestic violence including, definitions and risk factors, the importance of a local Fatality Review Team and the team's impact on the community, and how DV- related homicides and suicides can be prevented.

      Presenter Materials
      BE - Domestic Violence Structure Impact and Collab

      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Ethics: Enhancing Your Opening Statement (E)  (E - Ethics)

      An opening statement should be clear, concise and welcoming. In this workshop you will learn to bolster your opening statement by critiqing examples and discussing relevant Florida mediator rules and statutes. This ethics workshop will help you trim the fat from your opening statement while making sure you cover all required information.

      Presenter Materials
      DE - Ethics Enhancing Your Opening Statement PPT

      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Handling Negativity (G)  (G - General)
      Negativity is a reality of our everyday lives which also can affect the mediation process in a profound way. This workshop will explore the causes of negativity and techniques to deal with negative attitudes during mediation and in your everyday life. This will be an interactive workshop with opportunities for participants to also share best practices.
      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Implicit Bias 101 (CD)  (CD - Cultural/Diversity Awaren)

      Mediators have an obligation to create a safe, bias free environment for parties to engage in meaningful mediations. Their own neutrality is critical to the integrity of the process. By learning about the concept of implicit bias and the science of decision making, mediators will have the tools to understand the role unconscious bias plays in negotiation dynamics and how mediators can consciously reduce the impact of bias and prejudice without losing impartiality as a neutral during the dispute resolution process.

      Presenter Materials
      BE - Implicit Bias PPT

      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Interpersonal Violence in Mediation: Beyond Families (IPV)  (IPV - Interpersonal Violence)

      This workshop will discuss the newly expanded scope of domestic violence, termed now as "interpersonal violence." By using a combination of video clips, interactive polls, updated data on incidence of interpersonal violence, and red flag discussions, attendees of this workshop will be able to identify common myths about interpersonal violence; detail common "red flags" that may be seen in mediation where interpersonal violence has occurred between parties; and list suggested practices for safe management in mediation where interpersonal violence may be an issue.

      Presenter Materials
      CE - Interpersonal Violence in Mediation PPT

      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Mediation and Modern Family Building (F)  (F - Family)

      Assisted reproduction is becoming increasingly more common and plays a major role in modern family building, however, in some areas the law is still playing catch up with situations arising from disputes in this area. This workshop is aimed at introducing and working through the various mediation situations that could arise in cases involving assisted reproductive technology (i.e. sperm/egg/embryo donation and gestational surrogacy).This workshop will address a summary of the law as well as the potential problems that could arise with assisted reproduction in cases involving divorce, estate planning, and family building. It will explore the different scenarios that creating, using, and storing genetic material could bring and the interconnectedness of the various parties that are involved in getting to that point. It is important as a mediator to know what to look for and where to look for it to resolve disputes of this kind.The presentation will have various examples, both hypothetical and real life cases, to help illustrate the various situations and show the importance of having a familiarity with the subject. With the uncertainty that families using assisted reproduction face in the courts, mediation is an incredibly important step to reaching a resolution for something that is arguably one of the most important and personal decisions in a family, the potential to have a child.

      Presenter Materials
      CE - Mediation and Modern Family Building PPT

      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Mediation Confidentiality Ethical Challenges: Best Practices for the Experienced Mediator (E)  (E - Ethics)
      This interactive workshop will review a mediator's responsibilities concerning confidentiality and discuss difficult ethical challenges involving confidentiality. Participants will be invited to answer a challenging 15 item questionnaire survey and the answers to these questions will address a brief review of key aspects of the Florida Mediation Confidentiality and Privilege Act including exceptions to confidentiality not included in the Act; procedural mediation rules, standards of professional conduct and MEAC Opinions addressing confidentiality. Trainers will be presented with how a brief test can be utilized as a tool for advanced mediation training.
      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Mediation in the Public Sector (R)  (R - Circuit)
      A mediation involving a local government entity comes with a unique set of statutory requirements which change the traditional rules of mediation. This presentation will familiarize mediators with the specific limitations on settlement authority, confidentiality, public record requirements, and other items faced by the representative of a local government entity and provide insight on how to address these issues.
      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC) - Year in Review (E)  (E - Ethics)

      This workshop will review the 2016 MEAC opinions that were published, explain them, and help mediators understand their practical implications. Specifically, we will explore why the MEAC opinions were decided the way they were and how mediators can avoid the ethical issues addressed in each opinion.

      Presenter Materials
      MEAC Year in Review PPT

      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Moving Beyond the Lecture (T)  (T - Train the Trainer)

      Adult education can be fun and engaging instead of boring and mundane. How individuals learn can vary from person to person, so it is important to understand how to tie various learning styles together. This course will take a look at techniques to capture the audience with more than words.

      Presenter Materials
      CE - Moving Beyond the Lecture

      Speakers:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      The Gray Divorce Revolution...Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me When I'm 64? (CD)  (CD - Cultural/Diversity Awaren)

      Gray Divorce is the term referring to the demographic trend of the alarming increase in the divorce rate of baby boomers (dob 1946-1964). This presentation shines a light on the myriad of reasons for the so called Baby Boomer Divorce Explosion now taking place across America and in fact around the world.

      Presenter Materials
      BE- The Gray Divorce Revolution

      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      The Increasing Popularity of Mediation & its Hybrid Processes in Domestic & International Disputes  (G - General)
      This highly interactive presentation will begin by defining a shared description of hybrid dispute resolution processes compared to Florida Supreme Court certified mediation processes. In so doing, we will clearly identify both the ethical dangers of blending processes, as well as the potential benefits to savvy business users who may choose from the array of dispute resolution processes available. Combining mediation and another dispute resolution process should be done in a clear and transparent way, and only when parties fully understand the process they are selecting. We will examine the most common hybrid processes including Med-Arb, Arb-Med, Special Masters, Private Judging, Conciliation, ENE, etc. We will also explore the use of multiple processes such as Grievance Procedures, Collaborative Law, and Ombuds. Lastly, we will look at informal hybrid processes and ethical issues which can arise when there are no clear process guidelines and mutual understanding of the process. We will explore the cultural contexts from which hybrid dispute resolution emerged and how it fits with what we do in the United States, as well as in Florida. We will explore aspects such as the adaptability of our field, cultural fit of dispute resolution processes, and how the process and the problem have an interactive relationship.We will also highlight the obvious disadvantages and cautions in the use of hybrid. Finally, consider the future of hybrid models in our increasingly global communities.Three Sentence Description:It takes two to tango, but when we use hybrid dispute resolution processes, mediation dances to its own beat. This interactive presentation will create a shared description of hybrid dispute resolution processes compared to Florida Supreme Court certified mediation. In so doing, we will clearly identify both the ethical dangers of the casual blending of processes, as well as the potential benefits to savvy business or international users who wish to jointly and artfully choose from the array of dispute resolution processes available.
       

      General Session

      11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Lunch Provided
      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Plenary - Mediator Discipline: We Are Headed to a Hearing Panel (E)  (Ethics - E, 1.5 CME)

      This year’s ethics plenary is an ambitious undertaking. One of the DRC’s lead prosecutors and members of the Mediator Qualification and Discipline Review Board (MQDRB) will participate in a mock hearing panel (i.e., trial) while audience members participate by deciding what sanctions, if any, should be imposed on the mediator. For this time only, you are the judge and jury!

      Thank you to the following Actors:

      Juan Collins
      Melvia Green
      The Honorable John Jordan
      Steven Leigh
      Kimberly Mann
      Stephanie McHardy
      Raymond McNeal
      Vivian Perez
      Grant Slayden
      J. Forrest Young
      General Session Speakers:
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