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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 9, 2018
    •  

      Pre-Conference Training

      12:30 PM  -  12:59 PM
      Pre-Conference Training Check-in
      1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Pre-Conference Training  (IPV- Interpersonal Violence)
      Beyond Check the Box: From Domestic Violence Screening to Pre-Mediation Interview for Risk Assessment and Party Preparation

      Prof. Bernard describes the evolution of domestic violence screening from a “check the box” questionnaire to increasingly nuanced and sensitive tools that guided structured, in-depth interviewing and counseling sessions with parties and stakeholders. Through close, continual monitoring and on-going assessment of input from parties, mediators, mediator assistants, and intake staff, the original process expanded to include children who were the subject of the custody dispute; grandparents; step-parents and significant others. Results of interviews led to further refinements that identified risk factors for the pervasive presence of guns; drugs and alcohol; undiagnosed and untreated depression; suicide and homicide risk. Some modifications arose to clarify possible cross-cultural factors in evaluation. A critical modification over time was the need to consider the personal safety of the mediator and staff. Prof. Bernard brings to the workshop numerous examples of these dynamics from real life for participants to analyze and work through in simulations and debriefings.

      Presenter Materials
      Beyond Check the Box

      Keynote Speakers:
       

      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 10, 2018
    •  
      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

      7:30 AM  -  5:30 PM
      Conference Registration Check-in
      8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Breakfast Buffet Provided
      8:30 AM  -  10:15 AM
      Opening Plenary & Keynote  (2.1 CME General)
      Reflection, Resilience, and Keeping It Real: Self-Care for the Dispute Resolution Professional

      How does a dispute resolution professional “walk the talk” day in and day out? How do we apply lofty concepts about mindfulness, professionalism and authenticity amidst the chaos and emotion of real life? Bernard offers insights about reflection – the most important debriefing, where we reconnect to understand what happened with us in mediation; not just what happened with the parties. We’ll explore the resilience needed when we’ve been blindsided or burned in a mediation; relying upon professional ethics to know how to get back in – or not. Authenticity comes in keeping it real: to measure success as knowing that what we think, feel, say and do are in alignment. Note that the title embraces not only mediators, but can also include insights for court administrators, judges and attorneys.

      Presenter Materials
      Reflection, Resilience, and Keeping It Real

      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.
      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      This 8.0 Hour Program will provide you with the training you need to become a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator. You will receive 8.0 hours of CME's including 6.0 General and 2.0 Ethics. Florida Attorneys will receive 8.5 hours of CLEs including 8.5 general and 2.0 Ethics; 8.5 in Appellate Practice. The only prerequisite is that you are certified as a Family, Circuit or Dependency Mediator. There is no mentorship involved; you are just required to complete the 8.0 hour program! Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.
      Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Appellate Mediation: The Art of Settling After the Trial Court Has Ruled  (Appellate)

      Appellate mediation differs from mediation at the trial court level primarily because one party has already won the case. This workshop will explain the appellate mediation process in both state and federal courts. It will also explore both the appellant's and the appellee's unique motivations to settle the case and provide an overview of successful mediation techniques - what has worked and what has not among appellate mediators.

      Presenter Materials
      Appellate Mediation_The Art of Settling_PPT

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Culture and Communication in the Midst of Diversity  (Diversity)
      Participants will engage in an overview of how to avoid stereotyping and cultural biases when mediating. The presenter will focus on teaching participants new skills to use when cultural differences exist and how balance their personal perspectives to ensure they do not interfere with the mediation process. Participants will learn how to identify different cultures and communication styles and how those styles impact the mediation process.
      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Cyber Security and Data Breach for Mediators  (IPV)
      Understand the basic issues involving cybersecurity and data breach. The presenter will teach mediators the risks, methods, and terminology of cyber security and data breach and provide case examples. Additionally, mediators will be taught to identify the risks of emailing and storing confidential mediation information so they may prevent data breaches in their offices.
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Mediating Hurricane and Other First Party Property Insurance Claims  (Circuit)

      This presentation will promote excellence in handling first party insurance mediations. Presenter Curtis Hutchens will review the unique challenges and ethical dilemmas that often appear in first party lawsuits and pre-suit homeowner mediation and the ever-changing Florida statutes and case law that apply to first party and hurricane mediations. There will be a group case study discussion regarding flood, wind, and surplus lines policies. Those attending the workshop will be well prepared to mediate the pending onslaught of Hurricane Irma claims.

      Presenter Materials

      Mediating Hurricane and Other First Party Property Insurance Claims

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Professionalism as a Tool for Successful Mediation  (General)
      Professionalism is the heart and soul of successful meditation. We as mediators, through our conduct and communication skills, must convey to mediation participants that we are professionals worthy of their trust. Negotiators at mediation must embody the essential attributes of professionalism: character, competence, civility and commitment. This workshop explores how both the mediator and negotiators at mediation can establish their credentials as professionals - and how they can utilize professionalism as a tool for successful mediation.

      Presenter Materials
      Professionalism as a Tool for Successful Mediation_PPT

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Real Life Ethical Dilemmas  (Ethics)
      The presenter will explore MEAC and MQDRB decisions rendered over the last year. This interactive presentation will include group discussions of real life ethical dilemmas.

      Presenter Materials
      Real Life Ethical Dilemmas

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Saving Time, Energy and Money using Proactive ADR Tactics  (General)
      AT LAST..... A proactive training, taught by an insider of the system, who will teach with a no holds barred passion, designed to warn, protect, and equip workshop participants with the necessary tools needed to assess and positively redirect the constantly changing climate often found within the workplace. Designed to provide workshop participants with points on how to avoid the increasing pitfalls now found in a litigious society, by using proactive alternative dispute resolution tactics.

      Presenter Materials
      Saving Time, Energy and Money_PPT

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      The Mediator's Dilemma: The Framework, Psychological Perspectives and Principles for Tackling Ethics  (Ethics)
      When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves - Viktor E. Frankl. Ethical decision making in mediation challenges us to consider the systems which guide our thinking and decision-making including a framework of rules, laws, statutes, standards, and MEAC opinions. Our training and grasp of rules and procedures guide us and our cognitive understanding or perspective of ethical dilemmas is impacted by past experience, psychology, identity, and personal bias. In this highly interactive presentation, including real-world application, we drill down to the complex nature of ethical decision-making in mediation, resulting in a set of core principles to apply to ethical decision-making. We will focus on how the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators and MEAC opinions can guide our decision making.
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Training Mediators with Comedy Improv Exercises: New Techniques for Learning How to Get to “Yes And”  (Train the Trainer)
      Workshop participants, including trainers and mediators, will learn comedy improvisation activities to enhance their collaborative skillset in this high energy and interactive workshop. The focus will be on experiential exercises that promote learning by doing as well as promoting laughter. While the focus will be training trainers, the workshop will demonstrate how these teaching techniques work by applying the techniques to the participant attendees.
      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Training the Mind: Understanding Our "Self" to Understand Others Better  (General)
      The program provides an overall greater understanding of the importance of relationships in our lives.The presenter will explore the important concept of being able to choose the way we think - our feelings, aspirations, and desires; the very way we view our world and ourselves. Participants will be provided with tools so that they may reshape their life and character. This program will help rebuild relationships, assist in overcoming the stress of everyday living, and help participants recognize personality characteristics of others.

      Presenter Materials
      Training the Mind_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.
      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      This 8.0 Hour Program will provide you with the training you need to become a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator. You will receive 8.0 hours of CME's including 6.0 General and 2.0 Ethics. Florida Attorneys will receive 8.5 hours of CLEs including 8.5 general and 2.0 Ethics; 8.5 in Appellate Practice. The only prerequisite is that you are certified as a Family, Circuit or Dependency Mediator. There is no mentorship involved; you are just required to complete the 8.0 hour program! Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.
      Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Appellate Mediation: The Art of Settling After the Trial Court Has Ruled  (Appellate)
      Appellate mediation differs from mediation at the trial court level primarily because one party has already won the case. This workshop will explain the appellate mediation process in both state and federal courts. It will also explore both the appellant's and the appellee's unique motivations to settle the case and provide an overview of successful mediation techniques - what has worked and what has not among appellate mediators.

      Presenter Materials
      Appellate Mediation_The Art of Settling_PPT

      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Cyber Security and Data Breach for Mediators  (IPV)
      Understand the basic issues involving cybersecurity and data breach. The presenter will teach mediators the risks, methods, and terminology of cyber security and data breach and provide case examples. Additionally, mediators will be taught to identify the risks of emailing and storing confidential mediation information so they may prevent data breaches in their offices.
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Everything You Need to Know About Calculating Child Support  (Family)
      This workshop will review the history of child support in Florida and the basic principles behind child support in Florida. The workshop will also include the role and obligations of mediators in calculating child support.

      Presenter Materials
      Everything You Need to Know About Calculating Child Support_PPT

      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Mediating Hurricane and Other First Party Property Insurance Claims  (Circuit)

      This presentation will promote excellence in handling first party insurance mediations. Presenter Curtis Hutchens will review the unique challenges and ethical dilemmas that often appear in first party lawsuits and pre-suit homeowner mediation and the ever-changing Florida statutes and case law that apply to first party and hurricane mediations. There will be a group case study discussion regarding flood, wind, and surplus lines policies. Those attending the workshop will be well prepared to mediate the pending onslaught of Hurricane Irma claims.

      Presenter Materials

      Mediating Hurricane and Other First Party Property Insurance Claims

      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Professionalism as a Tool for Successful Mediation  (General)
      Professionalism is the heart and soul of successful meditation. We as mediators, through our conduct and communication skills, must convey to mediation participants that we are professionals worthy of their trust. Negotiators at mediation must embody the essential attributes of professionalism: character, competence, civility and commitment. This workshop explores how both the mediator and negotiators at mediation can establish their credentials as professionals - and how they can utilize professionalism as a tool for successful mediation.

      Presenter Materials
      Professionalism as a Tool for Successful Mediation

      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Real Life Ethical Dilemmas  (Ethics)

      The presenter will explore MEAC and MQDRB decisions rendered over the last year. This interactive presentation will include group discussions of real life ethical dilemmas.

      Presenter Materials

      Real Life Ethical Dilemmas

      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Saving Time, Energy and Money using Proactive ADR Tactics  (General)
      AT LAST..... A proactive training, taught by an insider of the system, who will teach with a no holds barred passion, designed to warn, protect, and equip workshop participants with the necessary tools needed to assess and positively redirect the constantly changing climate often found within the workplace. Designed to provide workshop participants with points on how to avoid the increasing pitfalls now found in a litigious society, by using proactive alternative dispute resolution tactics.

      Presenter Materials
      Saving Time, Energy and Money_PPT

      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      The Mediator's Dilemma: The Framework, Psychological Perspectives and Principles for Tackling Ethics  (Ethics)
      When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves - Viktor E. Frankl. Ethical decision making in mediation challenges us to consider the systems which guide our thinking and decision-making including a framework of rules, laws, statutes, standards, and MEAC opinions. Our training and grasp of rules and procedures guide us and our cognitive understanding or perspective of ethical dilemmas is impacted by past experience, psychology, identity, and personal bias. In this highly interactive presentation, including real-world application, we drill down to the complex nature of ethical decision-making in mediation, resulting in a set of core principles to apply to ethical decision-making. We will focus on how the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators and MEAC opinions can guide our decision making.
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Training Mediators with Comedy Improv Exercises: New Techniques for Learning How to Get to “Yes And”  (Train the Trainer)
      Workshop participants, including trainers and mediators, will learn comedy improvisation activities to enhance their collaborative skillset in this high energy and interactive workshop. The focus will be on experiential exercises that promote learning by doing as well as promoting laughter. While the focus will be training trainers, the workshop will demonstrate how these teaching techniques work by applying the techniques to the participant attendees.
      Speaker:
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Training the Mind: Understanding Our "Self" to Understand Others Better  (General)
      The program provides an overall greater understanding of the importance of relationships in our lives.The presenter will explore the important concept of being able to choose the way we think - our feelings, aspirations, and desires; the very way we view our world and ourselves. Participants will be provided with tools so that they may reshape their life and character. This program will help rebuild relationships, assist in overcoming the stress of everyday living, and help participants recognize personality characteristics of others.

      Presenter Materials
      Training the Mind_PPT

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

      General Session

      2:30 PM  -  3:45 PM
      Plenary Session  (1.5 CME, General)

      Online Dispute Resolution and its Impact on ADR

      Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) – utilizing information technology and the internet to engage conflict – means many things to many people. Some envision it as establishing a new, comprehensive, justice system that can replace traditional courts for providing redress in conflicts arising from the new transactions and interactions of the Information Age. Others see it as a method through which any ADR practitioner can expand their practice beyond geographical constraints.

      In this session, Noam Ebner will introduce a dozen categories of ODR, providing past and current examples of each and noting the field’s successes and the professional and ethical challenges it faces. Explaining the impact that ODR will have on the ADR field, as ODR transitions from an incubation stage to one of widespread implementation, Ebner will explain why engagement with developments in ODR are important not only for even the most tech-averse ADR practitioner – but for the ADR field as a whole.

      Keynote Speaker:
      3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM
      Refreshment Break
       

      Workshop Session C

      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      25 ESI and E-Discovery Terms for Mediators in 75 Minutes  (General)
      Designed for mediators of all levels of technological proficiency, this course will teach attendees the frequently-used terms and acronyms of electronically stored information (ESI), e-discovery, social media discovery, and cyber security which arise in mediation and arbitration so that they may better mediate disputes. Nearly every major civil circuit and divorce matter likely touches upon some aspect of consumer/enterprise technology. Attendees will learn more than two dozen tech terms, have an opportunity for questions, and receive a "cheat sheet" for later use at their offices.

      Presenter Materials
      25 ESI and E-Discovery Terms for Mediators_PPT

      4:15 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.
      Speaker:
      4:15 PM  -  6:15 PM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      This 8.0 Hour Program will provide you with the training you need to become a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator. You will receive 8.0 hours of CME's including 6.0 General and 2.0 Ethics. Florida Attorneys will receive 8.5 hours of CLEs including 8.5 general and 2.0 Ethics; 8.5 in Appellate Practice. The only prerequisite is that you are certified as a Family, Circuit or Dependency Mediator. There is no mentorship involved; you are just required to complete the 8.0 hour program! Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.
      Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      Communication and Learning Styles in Mediation  (General)

      There are many established frameworks that can describe and categorize a mediation participant's communications and the way in which they are likely to understand the mediation or classroom experience. A few frameworks, such as the Gregorc Style Delineator, lend themselves to rapid assessment of a participant's preferred communication style, as well as the manner in which they best understand concepts. By utilizing communication techniques that match a participant's native style, the trainer or mediator can maximize the chances of all parties understanding important concepts, as well as the feelings of other participants.

      Presenter Materials
      Communication and Learning Styles in Mediation_PPT
      Communication and Learning Styles in Mediation_Handout

      Speaker:
      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      Culture and Communication in the Midst of Diversity  (Diversity)
      Participants will engage in an overview of how to avoid stereotyping and cultural biases when mediating. The presenter will focus on teaching participants new skills to use when cultural differences exist and how balance their personal perspectives to ensure they do not interfere with the mediation process. Participants will learn how to identify different cultures and communication styles and how those styles impact the mediation process.
      Speaker:
      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      Everything You Need to Know About Calculating Child Support  (Family)
      This workshop will review the history of child support in Florida and the basic principles behind child support in Florida. The workshop will also include the role and obligations of mediators in calculating child support.

      Presenter Materials
      Everything You Need to Know About Calculating Child Support

      Speaker:
      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      Finding Your Audience- Train the Trainer  (Train the Trainer)
      What is the best way to reach your audience? The answer to that question depends on many factors, from the presentation topic, to the audience, to the presenter themselves. The good news is that teaching others can be fun for the presenter and the audience. The goal of this presentation is to help trainers design engaging, educational and enjoyable presentations. Improve the success of your trainees by improving your method of delivery with the tools discussed in this train the trainer session.

      Presenter Materials
      Finding Your Audience - Train the Trainer_PPT

      Speaker:
      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      Leadership Skills for Mediators - The Mediator as a Leader  (General)
      The more knowledgeable the mediator is about leadership principles, strategies and techniques, the more effective the mediator will be during the mediation process. This seminar introduces mediators to leadership principles, strategies and techniques. Attendees will understand why leadership is vital to the mediator's success, how leadership affects the mediation process and the mediating parties and their lawyers, self-leadership principles, and principles to effectively lead during the mediation process.

      Presenter Materials
      Leadership Skills for Mediators_PPT

      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      Making the Opening Statement Matter Both Professionally and Ethically  (Ethics)
      The mediator's opening statement is a critical part of the mediation process and should always be completed in a professional and ethical manner. The certified mediator must understand the reasons behind the essential elements of the opening statement and communicate each element clearly, concisely, and confidently. This workshop will delve into not only what needs to be communicated during the opening statement, but why it should be communicated. Options and examples of opening statements will also be provided.

      Presenter Materials
      Making the Opening Statement Matter_PPT

      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      MEAC - Year in Review  (Ethics)
      This workshop will be a review of the published 2017 MEAC opinions in order to explain them and help mediators to understand the practical implications of them. 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

      Speaker:
      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      The Economy of Odds  (IPV)
      Join the presenter as she leads attendees to step into the life of a survivor of violence through an interactive game. Attendees will be assigned a survivor persona and asked to accomplish tasks many people would perceive as easy until they walk in the shoes of a survivor who encounters obstacles. Life is navigated successfully when people manipulate their personal economy of odds. Attendees will learn that the introduction of an external power over someone may make them unsuccessful at recognizing their innate strength, causing them to identify every resource and opportunity as a weakness of their own making and crippling many of their attempts to prosper in their endeavors.

      Presenter Materials
      The Economy of Odds_PPT

      Speaker:
      4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM
      What Can Mediators Learn From 12 Angry Men About Dispute Resolution?  (General)
      Take this opportunity to apply the lessons from the classic movie 12 Angry Men to sharpen your conflict resolution skills and abilities. Test your ability to match observations of behavior with effective conflict resolution strategies. Be prepared to participate in small group discussions. Join with others to explore effective methods for mediating a variety of disputes.
       
      6:00 PM  -  7:15 PM
      Wellness Activity: Gentle Yoga
      Instructor:
    • Saturday, August 11, 2018
    •  
      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
       

      General Session

      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      Ethics Plenary: Techniques for Becoming an Amazing Mediator  (Ethics - E, 1.5 CME)

      Making it Matter: Techniques for Becoming an Amazing Mediator

      Join a panel of mediators who conduct all types of cases as they share techniques you can use to become an amazing mediator. Watch a demonstration of the techniques. Discuss real-life scenarios in which mediators took wrong turns and violated basic foundational principles of mediation which affected the parties’ satisfaction and confidence in the process.

      Facilitator:
       
      9:45 AM  -  10:15 AM
      Break
       

      Workshop Session D

      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      This 8.0 Hour Program will provide you with the training you need to become a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator. You will receive 8.0 hours of CME's including 6.0 General and 2.0 Ethics. Florida Attorneys will receive 8.5 hours of CLEs including 8.5 general and 2.0 Ethics; 8.5 in Appellate Practice. The only prerequisite is that you are certified as a Family, Circuit or Dependency Mediator. There is no mentorship involved; you are just required to complete the 8.0 hour program! Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.
      Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      A Primer on International Child Abduction: The Expanding Role for Mediators  (IPV)
      In this workshop, the presenter will outline international and U.S. law on child abduction, with a discussion on the expanding role of mediators in such matters. The presenter will discuss: applicable international treaties, including the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention; applicable federal and state law in international child abduction cases; the role of the U.S. District Courts; and the potential role of mediators in such cases. Interaction between the presenter and the attendees will be welcomed.

      Presenter Materials
      A Primer on International Child Abduction_PPT

      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      ADR and Real Property Case Law Update: Ethical and Substantive Mileposts for 2017-2018  (Appellate, Circuit, Ethics)
      As the real estate market booms and communities increase, the information provided in this session will prepare mediators to be ready to mediate the disputes that will follow including addressing new issues in condominium and homeowners' association law mandatory ADR. The presenter will also explore critical appellate opinions that impact ADR.

      Presenter Materials
      ADR and Real Property Case Law Update
      ADR Case Law Update PowerPoint

      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Appellate Mediation: Changing the Made-Up Mind  (Appellate)
      Appellate mediation is particularly challenging because the appellee has already been declared a "winner". The mediator's biggest obstacle is convincing the appellee that a trial court victory does not end the story, and that there is value in at least considering a mediated settlement. This workshop will explore various ways to analyze and evaluate risk at the appellate court level, all with an eye toward reaching a negotiated agreement.

      Presenter Materials
      Appellate Mediation Changing the Made Up Mind_PPT

      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Communication and Learning Styles in Mediation  (General)

      There are many established frameworks that can describe and categorize a mediation participant's communications and the way in which they are likely to understand the mediation or classroom experience. A few frameworks, such as the Gregorc Style Delineator, lend themselves to rapid assessment of a participant's preferred communication style, as well as the manner in which they best understand concepts. By utilizing communication techniques that match a participant's native style, the trainer or mediator can maximize the chances of all parties understanding important concepts, as well as the feelings of other participants.

      Presenter Materials
      Communication and Learning Styles in Mediation_PPT
      Communication and Learning Styles in Mediation_Handout

      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Culturally Competent Language Access in Mediation: Effective Communication through Interpretation  (Diversity)
      Florida is a home state to many residents who speak limited or no English. The need to provide language access in order for persons with limited English proficiency to access services, such as mediation, is prominent. Language access is much more than just providing written translation and oral interpretation. Beyond utilizing a certified, professional interpreter, a mediator needs to be equipped with knowledge of best practices to conduct an effective mediation. This presentation is offered to mediators who would like to gain knowledge about language access, interpreters' ethical rules and responsibilities, methods and challenges of interpretation, best practice tips when working with an interpreter in the mediation and suggestions for troubleshooting.

      Presenter Materials
      Culturally Competent Language Access in Mediation_PPT

      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Finding Your Audience- Train the Trainer  (Train the Trainer)
      What is the best way to reach your audience? The answer to that question depends on many factors, from the presentation topic, to the audience, to the presenter themselves. The good news is that teaching others can be fun for the presenter and the audience. The goal of this presentation is to help trainers design engaging, educational and enjoyable presentations. Improve the success of your trainees by improving your method of delivery with the tools discussed in this train the trainer session.

      Presenter Materials
      Finding Your Audience - Train the Trainer_PPT

      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      How Domestic Trauma Impacts the Mediation Process, the Most Common Mistakes Made During Mediation  (IPV- Interpersonal Violence)

      The presenter willl provide attendees with a look at the impact of domestic trauma through the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and explain ACES relevance to the practice of mediation. The workshop will include an exploration of the most common mistakes made during mediation in dealing with mental health issues and provide strategies for success.

      Presenter Materials
      How Domestic Trauma Impacts the Mediation Process

      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Implicit Bias and Microaggression  (Diversity)
      Most individuals want to believe that they do not have implicit biases and that they do not commit acts of microaggression. Some will say that implicit bias and microaggression are creations of oversensitive minds fixated on being politically correct - in other words that the problem does not exist. The denial of the problem makes these topics distant and academic. This workshop is designed to raise awareness of the problem by showing the participants that, in fact, they are "infected" and awareness is the first step toward healing.
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Leadership Skills for Mediators - The Mediator as a Leader  (General)
      The more knowledgeable the mediator is about leadership principles, strategies and techniques, the more effective the mediator will be during the mediation process. This seminar introduces mediators to leadership principles, strategies and techniques. Attendees will understand why leadership is vital to the mediator's success, how leadership affects the mediation process and the mediating parties and their lawyers, self-leadership principles, and principles to effectively lead during the mediation process.

      Presenter Materials
      Leadership Skills for Mediators_PPT

      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Mediator Ethical Traps  (Ethics)
      A series of quick and thought-provoking simulations highlight ethical challenges attorneys, mediators and arbitrators face during mediations and arbitrations of civil, commercial and family matters. By watching real-life scenarios and engaging in follow-up discourse, audience members will gain a true understanding of the many sticky ethical issues and pitfalls they need to be aware of while representing clients at mediation and arbitration and serving as a third-party neutral. Group discussion will include an analysis of the applicable rules of professional conduct and the options available to counsel with an emphasis on determining ethical courses of action.
      Speaker:
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Stress-free Conflict Resolution - How to Transform Confrontation into Collaboration by Applying NVC  (General)

      During the workshop, participants will learn the basics of Non-Violent Communication (NVC), a conflict resolution method and approach developed by Marshall Rosenberg. He applied NVC successfully in all types of circumstances, from everyday situations in families and organizations to international conflicts, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This universal tool enables better mutual understanding and helps eliminate negative emotions while talking. NVC leads to mutually satisfying outcomes. Mediators may incorporate NVC elements into their mediation practice to help clients transform confrontation into collaboration.

      Presenter Materials
      Stress-free Conflict Resolution

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      General Session

      11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM
      Lunch Provided
       

      Workshop Session E

      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      5 Part Appellate Training (G)  (G- General)
      This 8.0 Hour Program will provide you with the training you need to become a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator. You will receive 8.0 hours of CME's including 6.0 General and 2.0 Ethics. Florida Attorneys will receive 8.5 hours of CLEs including 8.5 general and 2.0 Ethics; 8.5 in Appellate Practice. The only prerequisite is that you are certified as a Family, Circuit or Dependency Mediator. There is no mentorship involved; you are just required to complete the 8.0 hour program! Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.
      Class size is limited to 40 attendees on first come, first served basis.
      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      A Primer on International Child Abduction: The Expanding Role for Mediators  (IPV)
      In this workshop, the presenter will outline international and U.S. law on child abduction, with a discussion on the expanding role of mediators in such matters. The presenter will discuss: applicable international treaties, including the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention; applicable federal and state law in international child abduction cases; the role of the U.S. District Courts; and the potential role of mediators in such cases. Interaction between the presenter and the attendees will be welcomed.

      Presenter Materials
      A Primer on International Child Abduction_PPT

      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      ADR and Real Property Case Law Update: Ethical and Substantive Mileposts for 2017-2018  (Appellate, Circuit, Ethics)
      As the real estate market booms and communities increase, the information provided in this session will prepare mediators to be ready to mediate the disputes that will follow including addressing new issues in condominium and homeowners' association law mandatory ADR. The presenter will also explore critical appellate opinions that impact ADR.

      Presenter Materials
      ADR and Real Property Case Law Update
      ADR Case Law Update

      Speaker:
      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Appellate Mediation: Changing the Made-Up Mind  (Appellate)
      Appellate mediation is particularly challenging because the appellee has already been declared a "winner". The mediator's biggest obstacle is convincing the appellee that a trial court victory does not end the story, and that there is value in at least considering a mediated settlement. This workshop will explore various ways to analyze and evaluate risk at the appellate court level, all with an eye toward reaching a negotiated agreement.

      Presenter Materials
      Appellate Mediation Changing the Made Up Mind_PPT

      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      How Domestic Trauma Impacts the Mediation Process, the Most Common Mistakes Made During Mediation  (IPV- Interpersonal Violence)

      The presenter will provide attendees with a look at the impact of domestic trauma through the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and explain ACES relevance to the practice of mediation. The workshop will include an exploration of the most common mistakes made during mediation in dealing with mental health issues and provide strategies for success.

      Presenter Materials
      How Domestic Trauma Impacts the Mediation Process

      Speaker:
      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Implicit Bias and Microaggression  (Diversity)
      Most individuals want to believe that they do not have implicit biases and that they do not commit acts of microaggression. Some will say that implicit bias and microaggression are creations of oversensitive minds fixated on being politically correct - in other words that the problem does not exist. The denial of the problem makes these topics distant and academic. This workshop is designed to raise awareness of the problem by showing the participants that, in fact, they are "infected" and awareness is the first step toward healing.
      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Making the Opening Statement Matter Both Professionally and Ethically  (Ethics)
      The mediator's opening statement is a critical part of the mediation process and should always be completed in a professional and ethical manner. The certified mediator must understand the reasons behind the essential elements of the opening statement and communicate each element clearly, concisely, and confidently. This workshop will delve into not only what needs to be communicated during the opening statement, but why it should be communicated. Options and examples of opening statements will also be provided.

      Presenter Materials
      Making the Opening Statements Matter_PPT

      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      MEAC - Year in Review  (Ethics)
      This workshop will be a review of the published 2017 MEAC opinions in order to explain them and help mediators to understand the practical implications of them. 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

      Speaker:
      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Mediator Ethical Traps  (Ethics)
      A series of quick and thought-provoking simulations highlight ethical challenges attorneys, mediators and arbitrators face during mediations and arbitrations of civil, commercial and family matters. By watching real-life scenarios and engaging in follow-up discourse, audience members will gain a true understanding of the many sticky ethical issues and pitfalls they need to be aware of while representing clients at mediation and arbitration and serving as a third-party neutral. Group discussion will include an analysis of the applicable rules of professional conduct and the options available to counsel with an emphasis on determining ethical courses of action.
      Speaker:
      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Stress-free Conflict Resolution - How to Transform Confrontation into Collaboration by Applying NVC  (General)

      During the workshop, participants will learn the basics of Non-Violent Communication (NVC), a conflict resolution method and approach developed by Marshall Rosenberg. He applied NVC successfully in all types of circumstances, from everyday situations in families and organizations to international conflicts, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This universal tool enables better mutual understanding and helps eliminate negative emotions while talking. NVC leads to mutually satisfying outcomes. Mediators may incorporate NVC elements into their mediation practice to help clients transform confrontation into collaboration.

      Presenter Materials
      Stress-free Conflict Resolution

      Speaker:
      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      The Economy of Odds  (IPV)
      Join the presenter as she leads attendees to step into the life of a survivor of violence through an interactive game. Attendees will be assigned a survivor persona and asked to accomplish tasks many people would perceive as easy until they walk in the shoes of a survivor who encounters obstacles. Life is navigated successfully when people manipulate their personal economy of odds. Attendees will learn that the introduction of an external power over someone may make them unsuccessful at recognizing their innate strength, causing them to identify every resource and opportunity as a weakness of their own making and crippling many of their attempts to prosper in their endeavors.

      Presenter Materials
      The Economy of Odds_PPT

      Speaker:
      12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
      What Can Mediators Learn From 12 Angry Men About Dispute Resolution?  (General)
      Take this opportunity to apply the lessons from the classic movie 12 Angry Men to sharpen your conflict resolution skills and abilities. Test your ability to match observations of behavior with effective conflict resolution strategies. Be prepared to participate in small group discussions. Join with others to explore effective methods for mediating a variety of disputes.
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