Things My Mediation Trainer(s) Never Taught Me: Perspectives from Experienced Trainers on the Practical Problems of Real Mediation Practice

  • June 23, 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel 8777 Georgia Avenue, Elm Rooms I & II


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!  


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution’s

MCDR's Summer Quarterly Meeting

Open to all ADR Professionals


Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel

8777 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, MD  20910

Meeting Rooms:  Elm I & II

Schedule 2:00-4:00

2:00-2:15 pm  Announcements, Socializing and Networking

2:15 pm to 4:00  Program

Things My Mediation Trainer(s) Never Taught Me:

Perspectives from Experienced Trainers on the Practical Problems

of Real Mediation Practice

Each panelist represents a different philosophical and stylistic approach to mediation training in a methodology now being used in Maryland mediation practice.  This diverse dynamic allows the panel to approach the subject from each of these valuable perspectives and offer their invaluable insights to questions posed by attendees practicing one or more of these styles or a hybrid of these styles.

The panel discussion will begin with each panelist offering a brief introduction to their style of mediation practice and training.  Each panelist will then offer a comment as to the current state of that training approach in Maryland.  Next, each panelist will discuss the several state-of-the-art techniques used in their trainings.  Finally, each trainer will offer brief comments relating to advanced training and mediator certification.

The panel will then turn to attendee submitted questions and practical scenarios. Attendees are invited to submit their questions and practical scenarios prior to this event via e-mail to:

The panel will then turn to attendee e-mail submitted questions and practical scenarios.  The panelists will respond by offering best practice perspectives relating to those problems arising in practice unanticipated by mediation training.  Please be sure to submit your questions and scenarios well before this event, thus giving time to panelists wanting to consider a best response.  Your questions may relate to ethics & compliance, skills & techniques, administration & management.  Scenarios should be practical and raise important questions for the panel to address.  During the discussion questions are welcome introducing new problems or elaborating on the problems being discussed. 

Finally, each panelist will be given an opportunity to offer a brief closing opinion as to where training development is heading in their style of practice.  Or, perhaps where they think it should be heading?

Our Panel Moderator:

Tim Stranges, MCDR Past Co-President


Panelists Include:

Martin Kranitz

           Facilitative Mediation,  Mediation Services of Annapolis and national Center for Mediation Excellence

Tracee Ford

          Inclusive Mediation,  Community Mediation Maryland

Mia Bowers

Transformative Mediation,  Community Mediation of St. Mary's County

Carl Schneider

Narrative and Facilitative,  Mediation Matters

"Cee Cee"  Cecilia B. Paizs, Esq.

Facilitative and Mediation Advocate,  The Mediation Center,  MSBA/ADR Section

At the conclusion of the program 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 or check) payable at the sign in desk is assessed to cover our expenses.  Please join MCDR 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 David Lewis, Programs Committee Chairman at:

Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 247
 Bethesda, Maryland   20817

 Professionals in Conflict Resolution
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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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