March 14, 2017
SCMA President Jason Harper recently wrote to you introducing the SCMA Education Foundation as the charitable and educational arm of the SCMA and its work supporting Peer Mediation Programs in our schools.
We’re delighted to let you know that SCMA has just issued its Third Annual Challenge Grant to the Foundation to support these programs and the extraordinary students who serve as mediators.
And you can help us meet that challenge. Just click here and contribute!
These students are absolutely compelling. They are well-trained in the principles and practices of mediation, they serve their schools as volunteers, they learn the essential life skills of effective communications and conflict resolution at an early age, and they model what they learn, changing the environment around them. They enjoy helping others. As one student said,
“I get to increase the mental wellness and health of everyone around me and/or save people a trip to expulsion because that’s not good.”
Peer mediators also think of mediation as a way of interacting, not just as a process for resolving a disagreement.
I’m writing to ask you to help us meet the 2017 Challenge and support peer mediation programs in our schools.
With your help we can give the experience of peaceful conflict resolution to students. Our goal is to raise $5,000 by April 30. If just 100 people contribute $50 each, we can reach the goal easily. And if you’d like to contribute another amount, large or small, just write it in. Every contribution makes a difference.
Click here to be one of the first to contribute. All contributions are important and support these programs.
You can make a difference in our schools. Please contribute generously.
Thank you. The students and the Foundation really appreciate it.
Maria Simpson, Ph.D.
SCMA-EF Board Chair
I would like to share with you some information about the SCMA Education Foundation and their amazing efforts.
The Foundation is the 501(c)(3) charitable and educational arm of the SCMA, and this year we are celebrating its Tenth Anniversary and the extraordinary work it has done!
In the last ten years, its achievements have included providing materials for mediator training to universities and community mediation centers as well as supporting middle- and high-school peer mediation programs.
2016 was a stellar year for the Foundation. It:
- raised about $20,000, including a generous grant from the Judicate West Foundation;
- distributed funds to schools and other organizations that support peer mediation programs;
- coordinated with SCMA and INVLA on panels and a celebratory dinner focusing on peer mediation;
- and worked with LA Council on Human Relations to develop lesson plans on mediation and respectful communications for middle- and senior-high school students.
- was recognized by the LA City Council with a Proclamation in support of National Conflict Resolution Day in October.
- presented its Annual Directors’ Award in November at the SCMA Fall Conference to John Haas, Ph.D. for his work on international peacebuilding with college students.
This year, the 10th Anniversary, The Foundation has already embarked on an ambitious program of enhancing its operating systems, bringing on new board members, raising even more funds and supporting even more schools than last year, as well as establishing closer collaborations with other organizations in the area.
As SCMA President, former board member of the Foundation, and now Ex Officio Member of the Foundation Board, I have personally watched the Foundation grow and develop its programs and expertise, and I cannot urge you strongly enough to “Celebrate The First Ten Years” by contributing generously to support peer mediation programs and mediator training.
Go to the Foundation’s website www.scmaedfoundation.org and click on the links on the home page to the two wonderful videos that show just how much peer mediation programs mean to students and their schools and communities, and then click on the Blue Donate button to support these programs.
This year, more than ever, given the contentious communications environment and the increase in bullying in the schools, it is vitally important that we bring the skills and approaches of mediation, of respect for each individual, and of peaceful conflict resolution to our youth so they have these skills for their personal and professional success. It is only then that we create the more peaceful society we all want and need.
For those of you who may not be familiar with the Foundation, go to the website and see all the information there that makes it a central resource for mediation programs, and discover the gem that SCMA established ten years ago.
Be sure to contribute! Any and all amounts are welcomed and will support these vital programs. You can contribute in other ways as well. The Foundation welcomes people who would like to explore joining the board and helping to foster its programs.
Let’s make 2017 a real celebration with your contributions and a record number of Friends of the Foundation!
Jason A. Harper, President
Southern California Mediation Association
Advanced Mediation Training
November 5 and 12 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
- Karen Civitate
- Westside Extension Center – West Los Angeles Community College: 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: (310) 287-4200
- Become a stronger mediator through lecture, role plays, and individualized coaching.
- Expand your abilities and practice areas by learning how to handle more complex multiple-issue and multiple-party conflicts and intensely emotional situations.
- Discuss how to deal with representatives like attorneys, union officials, and managers; find out about the dynamics of power plus techniques for managing them.
- Complete the Conflict Dynamics Profile assessment so you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses and can create an action plan to become an even more effective mediator and learn from each mediation session.
- You’ll also cover drafting settlements agreements, EEO and how to maintain an effortless flow throughout the mediation session.
- Pre-requisite: a 24-hour course in basic mediation. *$30 material fee, due at registration, for Conflict Dynamics Profile assessment.
- To be held on 2 Saturdays (11-5-16 and 11-12-16).
There was a packed house at the SCMA Summer Soiree.
This was a special opportunity for networking at a beautiful USC Gould School of Law venue with h d’oeuvre on the outside patio as the sun set. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Cloke/Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award presented by Ken Cloke to recipient Forest Whitaker.
In his presentation remarks Mr. Cloke commented that in addition to his exceptional career as an actor, Mr. Whitaker’s commitment as an activist is impressive. Not only did he create the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI)with projects in the US, Mexico, Uganda, and South Sudan, he is a UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace.
He next commented on the similarity of work of WPDI and Mediators Beyond Borders (MBBI). Both organizations are currently in Uganda and South Sudan, where the WPDI launched a sport center and a computer center in a strategy to promote peace-building at the local level and MBBI is brining Trauma Informed Peace Building Skills to the grass roots.
Cloke added “Having worked myself in Africa and other places around the world, these tiny little things we can do make an enormous difference.” “It’s a great honor to be identified with this award, and an even greater honor to have it bestowed upon someone whose work is so profound.”
He closed with this observation about the impact of individual efforts in peace building: “You can count the number of seeds in an orange, but you can’t count the number of oranges in a seed.
Mr. Whitaker shared that he grew up in South Central Los Angeles and saw many of the kids he knew “…drawn into lives of gangs and drugs and violence, and (he) saw how it robbed them of their futures.” He further observed that “to truly transform a conflict, change must come from within…you have to engage that person as an active partner in his or her own development.”
In creating WPDI he “wanted to build a network of youth peacemakers and mediators
who could act as positive transformers of their communities and countries…” Using the metaphor of working on his grandfather’s farm he reflected on how important it was to protect the seeds you plant to ensure their growth and development and by analogy if “we fail to engage our fellow citizens as partners and peacemakers and not nuture the seeds, then around them weeds will grow and take root…weeds of violence,
extremism, racism and intolerance can sprout through cracks in an sidewalk..penetrate the walls of any seed and corrupt its very identity.
He quoted Desmond Tutu who said: “Do your little bits of good where you are. It’s those bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Then Mr. Whitaker closed by acknowledging the importance the work done by mediators stating that “…mediation can be fundamentally an act of goodness.
Through mediation, we can help individuals come together to find moments of human understanding.”
In recognition of Conflict Resolution Day 2016, County Supervisor Mark
Ridley-Thomas will be presenting a scroll to the SCMA Education Foundation at
the county supervisors meeting on October 18, 2016. 9:30 am *
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration Rm. 383
500 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Conflict Resolution Day is celebrated nationally on the third Thursday of
Conflict Resolution Day was conceived in 2005 by the Association for Conflict
* Promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other
creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict;
* Promote the use of conflict resolution in schools, families, businesses,
communities, governments and the legal system;
* Recognize the significant contributions of (peaceful) conflict resolvers;
* Obtain national synergy by having celebrations happen across the country and
around the world on the same day.
Space is limited. Please RSVP
Join us for a roundtable lead by expert mediators on the topic of parent-school conflict resolution. Learn about existing programs and share your thoughts on the creation of future programs.
Topics of discussion:
- Overview on mediation and its uses
- Exploring the diversity of mediation programs
- The importance of parents developing good relationships with staff at their children’s schools.
- In-depth discussion: “How Parent-School Mediation Programs Work”
- If money were no object, what would an ideal parent-school mediation program look like and why?
Panel of expert mediators:
Michael Evans, Administrative Coordinator of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Neighborhood Justice Program (NJP),
Jason Harper, President of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and founder of Harper Conflict Resolution, LLC.
Marc Purchin, President of mediation firm, Purchin Consulting.
Dr. Anissa McNeil, Court-Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth and CEO of Education Works Consulting Firm, Inc.
Since 1976, the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) has served consumers, businesses, and communities through education, advocacy, and complaint resolution. We work every day to educate consumers and small business owners about their rights and responsibilities, mediate disputes, investigate consumer fraud complaints, and enforce Los Angeles County’s minimum wage ordinance. For more information, visit dcba.lacounty.gov
Do you have:
A passion for working with youth √
A want to help break the school to prison pipeline √
A want to reform our juvenile justice system √
Consider becoming a volunteer mediator for CYS!
Centinela Youth Services has become the leading agency in restorative justice utilizing an effective system of services and supports to teach youth to peacefully resolve conflicts at home, school and in their community
Through our 44 hour training commitment, you get:
· Basic mediation training plus victim/offender & parent/teen mediations
· Certified as an LA County mediator
· Access to training with mediation experience
· Skills to enhance your own relationships
Check out CYS’s short documentary!!
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December 1-2, 2016
Pepperdine School of Law – West LA, CA
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
This interactive workshop is designed to present you with specific tools and techniques to increase your effectiveness as a negotiator. The two days of instruction will be offered through the lens of gender, with an eye towards the most recent research on gender issues in negotiation.
All are welcome to attend.
Limited Enrollment! Register Now!
- Registration for Women’s Negotiation Academy is $1,295 (see early discount information below). Governmental and non-profit is $995.00 (no early registration discount.)
- West LA – early registration by October 28, 2016, is $1,195.
- Registration includes all course materials, a continental breakfast, and lunch both days. Because enrollment will be limited, participants should register early.
- CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds for participants unable to attend will be granted, minus a $150 cancellation fee, no later than 72 hours prior to the program start date. Substitute participants will be allowed to attend in lieu of a refund.
Why a Women’s Negotiation Academy?
A sentiment echoed in boardrooms, council chambers, classrooms, think-tanks, and social media follows: empowering women is key to solving many of the world’s most challenging problems. And yet, in American businesses, law firms, and courtrooms there is a disconnect. Despite women being half the job market, women earn less, and are represented in top management at a significantly lower rate than men. According to a NALP 2012 study, women constitute just under 20 percent of law firm partnership ranks, with 2.16 percent being minority women. While there are myriad reasons for this disparity, a body of empirical research points to a significant trend; women negotiate differently for themselves than for others.
Who Can Benefit?
The Women in Negotiations Academy is designed to expose both the beginner and the most experienced negotiator to techniques that will increase their effectiveness as a negotiator. While the role plays were designed for women in business and the law, everyone is welcome and can benefit from the tools. Past participants include entertainment executives and lawyers, a mayor and other elected officials, government department directors, partners in law firms, commercial real estate developers, the director of a roller derby team, mediators, and a law student from Moldova! If you have questions about whether this course is right for you, contact the Straus Office at 310.506.4655.
What You Will Learn?
The Academy training curriculum is divided into two days. Day One, Negotiating for Self, explores current negotiation theory through the lens of gender, with an emphasis on fostering your own gender intelligence. We will explore the psychology and cognitive biases that tend to emerge in “gendered negotiations,” with techniques to stay on course. Day Two, Negotiating for Others, is intended to help each participant practice the skills employed by the most effective negotiators with emphasis on negotiating when bias is at the table. Throughout the two days, each participant receives individual coaching from leaders in the Los Angeles legal and mediation community.
How You Will Change?
It is our intention that during the Academy you find, develop, or refine your love of negotiations. Participants report after the Academy they are more confident and more likely to engage in negotiations on their own behalf. They report they leave with good lines, and know what to say in a negotiation. We believe teaching individual women negotiation skills contributes to promoting justice, solving problems, and serving peace. We welcome you to be a part of this.
What previous attendees have said:
“Fantastic – must do!”
“Loved all the information and the presentation. Great teaching skills,
information, humor, and insight.”
“I was inspired by the energy and the professionalism.”
Stephanie Bell Blondell
Stephanie Blondell is an assistant professor of law and assistant director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She supervises the Mediation Clinic and teaches Mediation Theory and Practice and Criminal Law. Prior to joining Pepperdine, she served as the manager of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Inter-Local Conflict Resolution Group, a tri-county labor-management and public policy mediation program in the area around Seattle, Washington. Prior to this she was the alternative dispute resolution coordinator for the City of Seattle where she designed and implemented a labor and employment mediation program for city government. Before joining Straus full-time, Blondell served as an adjunct professor at Straus, the Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington master of public administration program. Blondell earned her BA with honors in American civilization from Brown University, and her JD from the University of Washington School of Law.
Denise R. Madigan
Denise R. Madigan has been mediating full-time for over 20 years. She entered the field as associate director for the Harvard-MIT Public Disputes Program in the early 1980s, and after practicing law at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C, joined the pioneering ADR firm, Endispute, Inc., (which later merged with JAMS). The breadth of her practice is extraordinarily broad, and includes complex commercial, entertainment, intellectual property, insurance, mass accidents, public policy and health care, among others. In addition to her full-time mediation practice, Madigan has taught at the Straus Institute since the mid-1990s, and now serves as director of its Public Disputes Project. She also has designed and/or taught hundreds of tailored negotiation and ADR courses for courts, law firms, government agencies, universities, nonprofits and corporations in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
These activities have been approved for 14 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Pepperdine University School of Law certifies that the activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE. Participants from outside of California should submit the California MCLE form to their state bar for approval after the program is completed. Please be sure to sign in each day in the CLE sign-in forms located in the classroom. Straus programs have been accepted for MCLE credit across the nation.
Locations, Times and Hotels
- West Los Angeles
Pepperdine University Plaza
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Classes are conducted between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.
Parking at the Pepperdine West Los Angeles facility.
West LA Hotel List
For more information, please call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s conference will be held at the Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Conflict Resolution in Malibu, California on November 5, 2016.
Established in 1989, the SCMA is the largest and most active mediation organization in California – and among the largest in the country. For almost 30 years, we have sought some of the best and brightest minds to present at our fall conference, and this year is no exception.
This year’s keynote speaker, and recipient of the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award, is the Honorable George J. Mitchell, former Majority Leader of the United States Senate.
- When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 (All day)
- Where: Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA