Levin College of Law

Oct. 25, 2013 – IDR presents “Challenges for the Advanced Mediator”

This 8-hour continuing mediator and legal education program will advance the attendees’ knowledge in the areas of communication, ethics, domestic violence, and diversity/cultural awareness and will consider how they challenge the role of the mediator.

October 25, 2013

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8:00-8:25: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:25-8:30: Welcome

8:30–9:20: Cross-Cultural Explorations of Empathy, Professor Don Peters and Dr. Martha (Marty) M. Peters, Ph.D.

This interactive presentation will explore useful definitions of empathy; ways to express empathy effectively; issues likely to arise experiencing and expressing empathy cross-culturally; and ideas for successfully navigating these issues.  The presentation includes brief video demonstrations, short exercises, and focused small group discussions

9:20 –10:30 Listening Pays for Professional Mediators Part I, Professor Rick Bommelje, Ed.D., CLP

It’s estimated that the average person ignores, forgets, or misunderstands at least 75% of what they hear. Most people are better hearing themselves talk than they are really listening to what others say. The value of listening is fundamental to effective mediation success. Listening Pays paves a direct pathway for you to:  Solve Conflicts, Foster Respect, Build Teamwork, Strengthen Credibility, Improve Learning, and much, much more.  By the end of this highly interactive program, you will leave challenged to develop a continuous listening focus as a professional mediator.

10:30–10:45 Break

10:45–12:05 Listening Pays for Professional Mediators Part II, Professor Rick Bommelje, Ed.D., CLP

12:05–1:05: Lunch (Included)

1:05–2:45: Ethical Dilemmas, Lawrence (Larry) M. Watson, Jr., Esq.

The component parts of an ordinary civil trial mediation are dissected to reveal various ethical dilemmas for lawyers and mediators that can and will happen in each phase of the proceeding. Starting with the engagement of the mediator, then moving into convening the mediation session, making opening  presentations, conducting caucus negotiations and ending with finalization of the deal, a range of ethical problems are surfaced and discussed. In the process, The Florida Rules for Certified and Court Appointed Mediators are contrasted with The Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct to determine the right way to do the right thing for both mediators and lawyers engaged in the mediation process.

2:45–3:00 Break

3:00-4:40 Batterer’s Intervention: How, Why and What, Dr. Paul T. Wheeler, Ph.D.

Batterers Intervention programs have evolved over time to address the accountability of perpetrators of domestic violence.  Historically attention to and understanding of domestic violence were non-issues.  Firmly embedded in the premise “a man’s house is his castle” and further shielded by the position that it is a private matter…”behind closed doors”; this remained the order of the day.  When pressed, the only legal response proved to be affirmative rather than challenging.  More recently, social movements and the resultant political pressure forced attention on domestic violence.  Even then legal dictates to perpetrators were misguided because they were based on a lack of understanding of domestic violence and, thus, only colluded with perpetrators. These efforts were in fact unwittingly directed by domestic violence perpetrators.  Only with the advent of professionals’ involvement and expanded understanding of domestic violence gained by enlisting domestic violence survivors, did real targeted efforts to address domestic violence emerge.  Initial efforts focused on supporting and protecting domestic violence survivors, both adults and children; then attempts to hold perpetrators accountable in order to address all aspects of the problem followed.  Batterers Intervention programs followed specific concerns and agreed upon points of focus and were built on emerging models being utilized and constructively modified  as they were field-tested.  Delineating and detailing these issues and concerns will help in understanding and appreciating the BIP process.

4:40–5:00 Wrap-up/Evaluations

The IDR acknowledges Upchurch Watson White & Max for their generous endowment which helps make our programs possible.

8 Hour CME, includes estimated 2.0 Ethics, 2.0 Domestic Violence, 1.0 Diversity/Cultural Awareness and more. CLE’s Applied For.

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Published: October 25th, 2013

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