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Wednesday, March 30

April 2011 - Mediators SIG Update

Tami Stieber

Success in life and business requires successful relationships. In today’s economy, these relationships are occasionally compromised by financial as well as interpersonal conflicts. Competition for access and receipt of goods and services can be challenging. Mutually respectful relationships with personnel, suppliers, coworkers, and customers are critical for success on all of these levels. Conflict resolution is an essential key to that success. What are the options? What can you do?

Mediation is a collaborative problem-solving process in which a neutral professional helps people or organizations in conflict achieve mutually agreed upon solutions to problems. Many different kinds of disputes can be resolved in mediation, such as:

  • Divorce
  • Family disagreements
  • Employer/employee conflicts
  • Organizational disputes

Mediators resolve conflicts. A mediators is a neutral third person, who can keep the communication open, honest, and flexible, and help you to craft agreeable solutions to your dilemmas, without lawyers and courts. Social work mediators in particular bring professional skills and training in managing and promoting positive interpersonal relationships to the mediation table. There are many advantages to using a social work mediator. Social workers understand human behavior. They have experience working with individuals, families, and groups, and have the ability to teach communication skills in the mediation process. The social work mediator will help you to get unstuck, to help you identify barriers and troubling issues that you need to overcome and put behind you.

On March 20, 2011, members of the Mediators SIG met for their monthly meeting. The meeting occurred via phone conference from 12:30–2:30pm. Participants discussed exploring potential new opportunities for the group to work in conjunction with the Association for Conflict Resolution Chicago Area Chapter (ACR Chicago) to outreach to other mediation organizations. There was also discussion about furthering the mission to educate members of the social work community, the community at large, and applicable professionals about the benefits of mediation. The group will be meeting again via phone conference on April 17, 2011, 12:30–2:30pm. If you are interested in getting involved with this group, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information about how to link via phone into the next meeting.

Posted on 03/30/11 at 09:39 AM


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