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    • June 02, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 1160 Spa Road, Suite 1-B, Annapolis, MD 21403

    The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR)

    is pleased to announce the next

    Mediator Assessment and Certification Program

    Saturday, June 2, 2018

    Location:   1160 Spa Road, Suite 1-B,  Annapolis MD  21403

         MCDR’s performance-based assessment process is one of the most valuable skills development opportunities available to mediators in the US and is recognized internationally by the International Mediation Institute (IMI).  Since 1996, MCDR has provided a performance-based assessment and certification program that is considered a national model in the ongoing dialogue on quality assurance and mediator credentials.  It is one of the few qualifying mediator assessment programs in the country that is recognized by the International Mediation Institute.


         The core of the assessment/certification process is a one hour videotaped mediation role-play during which the candidate mediates a case with two parties and is reviewed by two MCDR certified assessors.  Using a widely tested skills assessment instrument designed by Family Mediation Canada, the two assessors independently assess mediator candidates on three dimensions:  how they manage the process of mediation, how they manage the content of the mediation, and how they manage the relationships of the parties.  Candidates may choose from several different types of role-plays, including a divorce/custody case, a workplace dispute, a civil case, or a community dispute.

         All candidates receive oral feedback from role players and assessors as well as written assessments and a DVD of their one-hour mediation. Candidates who do not satisfy the criteria for certification are invited to participate in the process again within one year at no additional cost.


         Send your completed application, one-page self-statement and application fee ($325 for MCDR members; $395 for non-members) to:  MCDR, c/o Kate Cullen, 1160 Spa Road, Suite 1-B, Annapolis, MD  21403.  

    • June 19, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • The MPME Mediator Confidential Webinar

         The MPME webinar, Mediator Confidential takes place every third Tuesday of the month from 12 PM – 1 PM.  This webinar's announcement and instructions on how to join will be sent in a blast e-mail one week in advance by MACRO as well as by MCDR.  Please join in!

    History:  Cheryl Jamison and Lou Gieszl started Mediator Confidential in 2012, and now Heather Fogg facilitates the one hour phone call for Maryland mediators to anonymously discuss issues/situations they may have had with their mediation practice where they would like suggestions or feedback from other mediators, or to pose a question to fellow mediators that they would like to discuss.  The call is primarily driven by the topics/situations that the callers bring from their own practice.  

    Your Facilitator:  Heather Fogg has been facilitating the first half of the program as usual, with callers bringing in their own situations, about any topic, for discussion. The second half of the call is then used to talk about the specific topic of the day, with guests on the call speaking to their experience and asking callers about their own.

    Webinar Guest:  Barry Weissman, Treasurer of MCDR and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) will be at the webinar to answer questions relating to the business of mediating.  Over the past several years Barry has offered a very well received master class through MCDR:  Building Your Professional Practice:  A Workshop.  The workshop can act as an in depth follow-up to this webinar and will be offered later in July.  Questions will be taken relating to all aspects of starting a mediation practice and growing that practice.

    • June 21, 2018
    • June 22, 2018
    • Martin's Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD

    Please stop by for a visit at the MCDR table top exhibit during the Ceter for ADR's 2018 Annual Conference:

    "Managing Conflict and Removing Barriers to Collaborative Decision Making"

    All kinds of information will be available describing:

    MCDR's Performance Based Certification,

    Our newly launched Mentoring Program and how to participate

    How to join MCDR and the benefits of membership

    How to make a tax deductible donation either now or as a legacy

    and much more.

Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
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 Bethesda, Maryland   20817

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MCDR is the oldest membership-based organization in Maryland dedicated to promoting the use of mediation and supporting

the mediation profession.  We have a proud history of successfully advocating for allowing multiple professions to practice mediation,

halting attempts to restrict the practice some fifteen years ago.  MCDR is the first organization to establish performance based criteria

now in use as a national model, part of an ongoing dialogue on quality assurance and mediator credentials.

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