SCMA News & Announcements
SCMA is forming a Consortium of mediation organizations interested in raising the level of education and practice in the field of mediation. It has found support for the certification process in a number of organizations locally and nationally, including research groups sponsored by Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and the American Bar Association (ABA). The SCMA Committee, co-chaired by former SCMA President Barbara Brown, Esq. and Dr. Jack R. Goetz, Esq., Academic Lead for California State University’s Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, will present their findings and the status of the ongoing effort to launch the Consortium.
Venue: VCCF Non-Profit Center, Community Room
4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo, CA
Fee: Admission: $10.00
Food: Light lunch provided
Attorney CLE: $20*
To RSVP or for more information e-mail VCDS at email@example.com
Sponsored by SCMA
Friday, March 14, 2014
The 2014 OC Mediation Conference,”Mediation in a Time of Change: 2014 the Year of Transformation” with plenary speakers Bill Eddy and A. Marco Turk
University of California, Irvine University Club.
We highly encourage attendees to register online, in order to reduce administration and processing costs. However, those requiring registration by check may use the check registration form below.
To Register by mail: 2014 OC Mediation Conference Check Registration Form
The OC Mediation Conference recognizes the OC DRPA Collaborative agencies, Community Service Programs, Inc and OC Human Relations. The OC DRPA Collaborative commits staff and volunteers throughout the year, who work toward the success of the OC Mediation Conference every year!
Presented by Bill Eddy
March 18, 2014 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
9171 Town Centre DriveSan Diego, CA 92122
Potentially high-conflict cases benefit from a more
tightly-structured and controlled mediation process. This approach emphasizes the role of the mediator as “guide” – much more directive about the process and much less directive about the actual decisions the parties should make. The mediator provides a few simple skills for the parties to repeatedly apply in more actively asking questions, gathering information and making proposals, while the mediator more actively provides education and options for the parties to consider. Storytelling about past behavior is stopped and discussions of emotional issues are firmly discouraged, based on the belief that these issues are irresolvable for people with potentially high conflict personalities and simply reinforce their intransigence. However, throughout this process, the mediator demonstrates empathy, respect and neutrality for both parties, despite angry outbursts, surprise events, tears and rigid positions. The intended result is that the parties have less need to defend themselves, work harder at finding solutions, and are more committed to their own decisions.
We offer study groups located in the greater Los Angeles region as well as in San Diego. Regularly scheduled locations include:
- Eastside/San Gabriel Valley
- Westside/Santa Monica
- San Diego
Join us for networking, food, wine and fun!
Improv is the fun way to break out of your shell and learn great communication skills. This interactive program will explore improvisational techniques to help mediators and others improve their skills to engage in conflict resolution. Listen openly, be present in the moment, accepting new ideas, listening for potential opportunities, relationship building, collaboration and more!
Held2gether, Improv for Life will be conducting a two-hour improv workshop specially tailored for SCMA
Wednesday, April 2, 6-9 p.m.
- 6:00pm – 6:30 pm: Networking Reception with Wine and Snacks
- 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Let the fun begin!
Expo Art Center
4321 Atlantic Blvd.,
Long Beach, CA, US, 90807
In this program designed for attorneys, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, in collaboration with the Southern California Mediation Association, has assembled a panel of respected mediators from ADR Services, Agency for Dispute Resolution, ARC, CEDRS, Judicate West and PMA, as well as an independent neutral, to discuss:
- The State Of Mediation Today
- How To Broach The Subject of Mediation To Opposing Counsel Without Appearing To Be Weak
- The Optimum Time To Mediate A Litigated Case
- Keys to Finding and Selecting the Best Mediator For Your Case
- Preparing Your Case and Your Client for the Mediation Process
MCLE: 2.0 Hours of MCLE Credit
Cost: $35 Preregistration/$50 Day of the Event or at the door
March 24-28, 2014 9am-5pm
Presented by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Dispute Resolution Program
Fee: Free; in addition to training participants will be expected to complete 160 hours of supervised case handling and at lease one supervised mediation. Upon completion participants will be recognized for their commitment and accomplishment with an official certificate of completion.
Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, Dispute Resolution Program Basic Mediator Certification Program - 35 Hours (Includes practical training component)
Date: March 22, 23, 29, 2014
Venue: Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Cost: Free with 150 Hour Volunteer Commitment
MCLE: 20 Hours including 1.5 Hours of Ethics and 2 Hours of Elimination of Bias
Link to Organization’s Website: www.dca.lacounty.gov Contact: Caroline Torosis, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsored by California State University Northridge. Flyer: DCA Mediation Training Flyer
Venue: Baltimore, Maryland -University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
March 18 and any of March 25, 2014; April 4,22,or 29, 2014
We are recruiting trained volunteer mediators to assist with Peer Mediation Training at Vermont Avenue Elementary School, 1435 West 27th St, LA 90007
Trainers’ Orientation Date:
Tuesday 3/18/14, 5:30P – 7:00P
Institute For Non-Violence in LA/Community Partners,
1000 N. Alameda St, LA 90012, 2nd floor, Conference Room C
Peer Mediation Training Dates:
Tuesdays 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 4/29 (four 1-hour sessions). You do not have to be available for all four sessions in order to participate.Venue: Peer Mediation Training: Vermont Ave Elementary School.
RSVP to Jill Frank <email@example.com> if you would like to join the Vermont Ave Elementary School peer mediation training team. Questions? Please include your phone number in the email and we will call you back ASAP. Hope to see you soon!
Presented by Marina Collaborative Practice Group
Collaborative Coach Training - March 14, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PDT
Collaborative Legal Training - June 6, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PDT
Collaborative Financial Training - September 12, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PDT
Peace Talks Mediation Services
8055 W. Manchester Avenue Suite 201
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Cost: $300 for single training, $750 all three trainings; discount for MCPG $200 for single training, $450 all three trainings and $25 discount per training for SCMA Members.