FMC/AFMS Joint Online Conference

Mindful Mediation in a Multi-Cultural World

Friday, November 18, 2022


This half day of training will begin at 9:30am Pacific, 12:30pm Eastern. 

Presentation A: Introduction to cultural awareness in mediation – Brad Mustard (one hour, 15 minutes)
Learning Objectives:
  • Acquiring a culturally educated lens
  • Recognizing bias
  • Understanding cultural patterns- i.e. low and high context communication, low power distance high power distance)
  • Learning practical mediation interventions when working with the dynamics of culture
Presentation B: Cross cultural challenges: from war-torn Afghanistan to post-apartheid South Africa, some ground realities – Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Learning Objectives:
  • Complement Brad Mustard's presentation by highlighting some real-life experiences.
  • Show how the present global model based on a Western, problem solving, satisfaction seeking, individualistic paradigm needs suitable adaptation to work in societies that are more relational.
  • Summary of the approaches that were taken to modify and apply the model successfully over a ten-year period in some 25 countries of the world.
Link to bios and more information below.
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Annual General Meeting for all members
online via ZOOM on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern.  The AGM will be followed by our annual conference, as above.

FMC has embarked on a mentorship program. We are now seeking experienced, advanced, certified mediators who will work part-time to act as mentors for FMC Certification candidates.
More info about our Mentorship program here
Recorded webinars are always available on our online teachable platform.  Here are just a couple:
 A Scholarly Review of Mediation Models with Dr. Desmond Ellis (1.5 hours)

There is great diversity in the field of family mediation today. The co-presence of a variety of family mediation models presents practicing family mediators with the choice of using one model - the one they were trained to use - or use contributions from more than one model. This webinar is designed to help practicing family mediators ground their choice in a comparison and evaluation of the following four influential models of mediation: INTEREST BASED, TRANSFORMATIVE, THERAPEUTIC, and INSIGHT.  Dr. Ellis provides an overview of each of these models, focusing on the “Heart of each Model” and “Noteworthy Concerns of the Model”.

FMC Members and affiliates $89
Non-members $139 (no tax)

Preparing Mediation Reports with Rhoda I. Dobler, Q.C. (2 hours)
This webinar addresses the various approaches to writing mediation reports/memoranda.  Many different styles have evolved, sometimes driven by the issues in dispute or even the professional background of the mediator.  We seldom receive opportunities to review the numerous styles and approaches to report preparation. In this webinar many different approaches to mediation report writing will be discussed and shared to increase understanding and to further develop report writing skills. We will examine the components of a mediation report and identify some tips to effectively communicate agreements reached, as well as pitfalls to avoid in written reports. 
FMC Members and affiliates $119
Non-members $159 (no tax)
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