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    • September 27, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • JCECC 2011 D Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401

    Professionals in Conflict Resolution

    TO ALL CURRENT MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING:  When you attend this meeting please be sure to stop at the sign-in desk, say hello to Liz & Janne and pick up your new MCDR Membership Card!  


    Save the Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution’s

    Fall Quarterly Meeting

    Always Open to the Public


    6:00-6:15 pm Light Refreshments and Networking

    6:15-6:30 pm Nominations will be taken from the floor followed by voting by MCDR members in good standing for the 2018/2019 MCDR Board Of Directors.  An important benefits announcement will be made after the vote.


    Bystander Intervention Training


         "As a bystander what do you do if you observe aggressive, potentially explosive, verbally-assaultive behavior  in a shared public space (e.g., on the METRO)?"

         As a dispute resolution practitioner you should be able to answer this question.  It is not enough to say, "It depends."

         This training provides an empowering, baseline-intervention strategy derived from the theories and practice of non-violence and deescalation.  All of us should be prepared with tested strategies should a threatening situation arise.

    OUR PRESENTER:        

         Doug Brookman is a Founder and Past President of MCDR.  As a nationally recognized facilitator, mediator and trainer, Doug has conducted collaborative planning and problem-solving processes full-time for over thirty years.  Mr. Brookman's company, Public Solutions, facilitates effective decision making among divergent interests serving human, technical and political needs in complex public contexts. Doug has designed and conducted thousands of public, stakeholder-driven meetings and collaborative processes.

         His work is centered at the intersection of Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources where technology is the driving force.  Timely and crucial policy making is the anticipated outcome developed for these several fields, their intersections, and relation to evolving and new technologies. 


    Judicial College Education and Conference Center (JCECC)

    2011-D Commerce Park Drive

    Annapolis, MD  21401

    Training Room LL-11 & LL-12

    Be sure to enter through doors marked 2009 in the rear lot.  Rooms LL-11 and LL-12 will be straight ahead.


    A Certificate for 2-hours of ADR related activities will be provided free to members.

    In order for non-members to receive a certificate $10.00 charge (cash, check or PayPal) is assessed to cover our expenses.  Please join during the meeting to avoid the charge.


       MCDR quarterly meetings are open to everyone in the ADR community without charge; membership is not required.  We welcome newcomers to join us for  an interesting evening of ADR related information and networking.

    For planning purposes, please RSVP to James Boyle, Programs Committee Chairman at:



    • October 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Community House, 17340 Quaker Ln., Sandy Spring, MD 20860

    The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR)

    is pleased to announce the next

    Mediator Assessment and Certification Program

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Location:   The Community House, 17340 Quaker Ln, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

    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.  

    The Application deadline is September 22, 2018.

    Click the links below for the application materials:

    MCDR Certification Application

    MCDR Self-Statement for Certification 

    Mediators who are interested in discussing the assessment process are welcome to contact the MCDR Certification Committee chair Kate Cullen at lilliekatecp@aol.com, 301-606-4578.  More information can also be found at http://mcdr.org/page-1317766

    Participating as a role player is a great way to observe how the process works before becoming a candidate.  To volunteer as a role player or for more information, please contact, Ramona Buck at ramonabuck@gmail.com or 443-418-0392.

    • October 11, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • One Preserve Parkway, Suite 120, Rockville, MD

    The Many Meanings of Money:

    An Advanced Workshop in Property Mediation for High Asset Individuals:

    Real Estate Holdings, Small Business Assets, and Financial Issues

    Thursday October 11 and Friday October 12, 2018

         Applying Facilitative mediation skills and techniques to those several issues of high asset individuals and married couples gong through divorce present an interesting challenge.  This workshop intends to offer guidance, what the mediator needs to know, ask, and how to frame financial and property conflicts in order to assist high asset individuals develop a reasonable and equitable financial and/or real property settlement.  Cultural issues aside for the moment, many high asset individuals residing in this tri-state region have business holdings and interests, real estate properties, bank accounts and financial interests across the USA and for that matter, the world.    

         The concept of "Money" means many different things to people, including high asset individuals and couples.  Gender, age, culture also play a very significant role.  For the mediator finding themselves participating in a high asset conflict, the question becomes,  "What is this “thing” called money?  Can you speak the "language" of money?  What is the difference between money and currency.  What is "Blockchain"?  "Cryptocurrency"?  "Arbitrage"?  What are Stocks, Bonds, and Derivatives?  As mediators, in order to communicate with this client we need to know how to speak the language of high asset individuals.  You might find surprising this language applies to our personal finances as well:  Annuities, Pension Plans, Mortgages, Auto Loans and Credit Cards.  We have all heard of these things; many of us have these things.  Have you read the fine print and footnotes? 

        This Workshop is an advanced Master Class for mediators practicing Facilitative and/or Evaluative mediation.  You will have taken 40-hours of basic mediation and/or divorce mediation training.  An advanced 20-hours training in property mediation would be very helpful although not required for this workshop.  This workshop is recommended for those mediators interested in going to the next level:  Mediating those higher asset cases.  

    Topics will include, but are not limited to:

    1.   Money as fungible, a store of value:  Salt, spices, and gold

    2.   “Transactional” cash and electronic currencies: Bitcoin and blockchain-hybrid

    3.   Asset classes:  Tangible and Intangible

    4.   Personalities types, education, gender and culture:  How each relates to their money

    5.   Framing financial issues associated with Tangible assets

    6.   Framing financial issues associated with Intangible assets

    7.   Out-of-state and international asset holdings

    8.   Considering family owned business assets and values

    9.   Understanding Form 1040, Schedules E, D, and C

    10.  Investment fees, costs to carry, negative interest rates and the inheritance

    11.  Insurance and derivative financial assets

    12.  Understanding the estate plan and situational trusts: Special Needs

    13.  Understanding regulated pensions under ERISA, OPM, and the Military

         Each 2-hour workshop will run on two consecutive days, Thursday and Friday from 2:00-4:00-ish, October 11 and October 12.  They will be held in the main conference room of XML Financial Group, 1 Preserve Parkway, Suite 120, Rockville.  Street parking is free; guest parking for a fee is located adjacent to the building.

         Class size is limited to 7 participants on a paid, first come first serve basis.  Coffee, hot tea, cold bottled water and soft drinks as well as healthy snacks are made available at no charge.

         To guarantee a seat your registration and payment in full must be received at least two-weeks prior to the start of the first two-hour session. 

         Cost for the two sessions is $150.00 for MCDR members, $200.00 for non-members.  Non-members will also receive with their paid registration a one-year membership in MCDR.  A certificate for 4 hours of ADR related C.E. will be issued to participants at the end of the workshop.

         Please make your check out to Barry Weissman and mail to:

                 Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution

                 Attn: Treasurer

                 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 247

                 Bethesda, MD 20817


         Since 2008 Barry M. Weissman CDFA™, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, has been Principal and Owner of Barry M. Weissman & Associates, d.b.a. The Financials of Divorce:  Marriage and Family Mediation.  For 30 years prior, Mr. Weissman was a fee-only financial advisor and estate planner.  Prior to that Mr. Weissman was Series 7 licensed as a registered representative; his U-4 is found on the SEC website.  Mr. Weissman did not renew his Series 7 and license in Life & Health Insurance in the late 1980s.  His C.V. is offered on LinkedIn.  For directions please visit  www.TheFinancialsofDivorce.com

         Cancellations: A full refund will be made with one week's notice of your need to cancel.  Please allow two weeks to receive your refund.  E-Mail: Barry@FinanacialsofDivorce.com

    For more information or if you have any questions please call:

    (314) 223-2661 or e-mail

    • December 06, 2018
    • Doubletree Hotel, Annapolis, MD


    Preliminary Announcement

    Maryland Mediators this is your moment…

    It’s your time to join your mediation colleagues to discuss important topics on:

    • §  Ethics
    • §  Diversity in a polarizing society
    • §  Making the case for mediation to nonbelievers
    • §  Social media: The crux of conflict or community?
    • §  The power of self-determination – The numbers
    • §  Career paths for new mediators
    • §  What does it entail to build a thriving private practitioner practice?
    • §  What does it mean to run a contemporary/flourishing Community Mediation Center?
    • §  Mediation in the public sector - Developing constituencies for mediation services
    • §  Streamlining your everyday operations through resource sharing
    • §  Understanding the opportunities for mediating for the courts – qualifications and responsibilities
    • §  To Community Conference or Mediate?
    • §  Using technology and confidentiality
    • §  And much more


    If not us, then who? Are you up for the challenge? Then join us at the 2018 Maryland Mediators Convention December 7th at the Double Tree Hotel in Annapolis. It’s gonna be Super!  

    Registration Form

    Plus, you’ll have opportunities to network with ADR professionals from around the state; meet with key organizations and educational institutions about resources they offer to help you grow in the field....  More Information to Follow!

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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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