2021 Programs are now being planned using the ZOOM platform.

Check your e-mail and our website's Home Page, Events, for more information and announcements.    


Examples of our Past Program Offerings


       The Power of Difference: Learn About the Theories, Tools, and Practices to Harness the Positive Power of Differences, Presented by: Dana Morris-Jones, Ph.D. Held September 27 at the JECC in Annapolis, MD. A certificate for 2 hours of ADR related activities was awarded attendees.

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if everyone had the will and the ability to resolve differences constructively?  Stop and think about that for a minute.  What would it take to move toward that ideal?  What if all the pieces of the puzzle were readily available but we just hadn't put them together yet?  Those were the kinds of reflective questions that led Dana Morris-Jones, Ph.D to write the book The Power of Difference: From Conflict to Collaboration in Five Steps. 

HOW ADR WORKS: Breakthrough Statewide Research Shows How Various   Mediation Strategies Affect Short-term and Long-term Outcomes and Benefits Litigants and the Courts Presented by Lorig Charkoudian, Executive Director of Community Mediation Maryland.  The Research Report can be accessed at:  


Held Monday evening, June 6 at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD

A certificate for 2 hours of ADR related activities was awarded to attendees.    

       The Path  Forward: Conflict Resolution In The Maryland Courts Presented by Jonathan S. Rosenthal, Esq., recently installed Director of MACRO, Tuesday, March 15, JECC, 2011 D Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis.

A certificate for 2 hours of ADR related activities was awarded to attendees.


Building Your Professional Practice:  Marketing an Intangible Service

Presented by Barry Weissman, Treasurer of MCDR.  Monday, September 28,

Anne Arundel Public Library, 1410 West Street, Annapolis.

A certificate for 2 Hours of ADR related activities was awarded to attendees.

Play the Game of Conflict with Vicki and Dusty Rhoades...

a fun and unique way to explore the nature of conflict

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Judiciary Education and Conference Center,

2011 D Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, MD  21401


2 Hours of Continuing Education awarded to attendees. 



The Anatomy of a Caucus

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring, MD

Panelists: Keith L. Seat, Kate Cullen, Stephen E. Moss


Gathering and Sharing Information before Mediation:  The Nuts and Bolts of Intake

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD

Panelists: Eileen Coen, Kate Cullen, Dan Dozier, Keith Seat


Mediating Electronically:  Effective or Defective

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring

Speakers: Roger Wolf, Giuseppe Leone (via Skype from Hawaii)


Mediation Demonstrations – Fish-Bowl Style

Monday, December 1, 2014, Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring, MD






                                 TRAINING AND AWARD LUNCHEON EVENT    

                                 Friday, December 12, 2014, JECC, Annapolis, MD

Award: The Sharon Pickett Award for the Promotion of Excellence in Mediation recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of mediation practice in

Maryland . MCDR created this award in 2008 to honor the vision of Sharon M. Pickett, a mediator dedicated to the development of performance-based assessment for mediators as a means of both professional development for mediators and quality assurance for consumers.

For our current recipient visit our Home Page 

In 2014 we honored Rob Ketcham for his generous and unfailing energy and creative zeal in promoting  mediation in Maryland.


2-Hour Training: Destabilizing the Conflict Story: Toward “Better-formed”

Stories by Dr. Sara Cobb







Consistent with MCDR’s commitment to the professional growth, success and development of its members, MCDR offers “Master Classes" in addition to the speaker programs presented at our quarterly meetings.      


Building Your Professional Practice: A Workshop


Offered several times during 2014, continuing through 2019, and jointly sponsored by MCDR and Barry M. Weissman & Associates.  Currently we are using the ZOOM platform, for more information and announcements, please check your e-mail and Home Page, scrolling down to Events.  Or contact Barry at 314-223-2661, Barry@FinancialsofDivorce.com 




12/19/13- Mediation of "A Christmas Carol" in a fishbowl format with Joyce Mitchel and Martin Kranitz held at Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD

09/17/13- Mediator's Forum Meeting "Using the Power of Emotion and Behavior in Mediation:  Interacting with High-Conflict and Difficult Personality Types" presented by Stephen W. Siebert, MD, M.P.H. held at Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD

06/18 "I'm Sorry"; The Power of Apology in Mediation presented by Carl D. Schneider, Ph.D. held at the Silver Spring Civic Building in Silver Spring, MD

03/13"A Delicate Balance for Mediators: Conflict and Safety" led by Maile Beers-Arthur, Gregg Bradstock and Tim Johnson held at Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD. Notes from the panel below:

Verbal Abuse Notes from Gregg Bradstock.docx

Dirty Fighting notes from Gregg Bradstock (1).docx

Violence notes from Timothy Johnson (1).docx

MCDR Summary of March 11 safety program (1).docx

The Resolution Report Online.docx

Safety Plan Basic Checklist.docx



03/27/12- "Love the One You're With - Mediating With Counsel Present- Tips for Mediating Disputes with Represented Parties"

06/19/12- “The Art of the Effective Questions" led by Lorig Charkoudian, Eileen Coen and Martin Kranitz held at Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD

09/20/12- “To Be Or Not To Be  Certified and Licensed"  Should Maryland mediators be certified? held at the Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD

12/13/12- “Your Triumphs, Your Dilemmas, Your Sure Fire Tips, your Visions" sharing experience, wisdom and visions for MCDR in 2013 held at the Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD


03/16/11-"A Discussion of Maryland Senate Bill 193" views and analysis from a panel of experienced family mediators held at JECC in Annapolis, MD

06/6/11- “Mediation skills” led by Roz Zinner and held at Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD

09/13/11- “Ethical Challenges in Elder Mediation presented by Carolyn J.  Rodis, held at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Annapolis, MD

12/7/11- “The State of ADR Trends in Maryland” presented by Lou Gieszl, held at the Georgia Avenue Baptist Church in Silver Spring, MD


03/15/10- "Embracing Culture Competency"- A Roadmap to Nonprofit Capacity Builder presented by Beth Applegate and Brigitte Rouson held at Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus

06/15/10- "Confidentiality" presented by Roger Wolf held at Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD

09/15/10- "Test and Measure" does ADR do what it promises?  presented by Julie Linkins and Nick White, MACRO-  held at Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD

12/7/10- "Surfing the emotional Currents in Mediation through the Application of Family System Theory presented by Dr. Marla Zipin held at JECC in Annapolis


03/16/09- "The Ombudsman role in Organizational Conflict Resolution presented by Howard Gadlin, PHD at NIH held at the Handelman Conference Center at the Beacon Institute in Columbia, MD

06/4/10- "Mediators Beyond Borders" presented by Rachel Wohl held at Howard Community College, Duncan Hall, Columbia, MD

09/15/09- " Neurological Nuggets for Mediators" mini presentation by Barbara Williams and  "Accommodating Learning Disabilities and ADHD in Mediation presented by John Spiegel and Judith Grasser held at Tefereth Israel Synagogue

12/2/09- " Out of the Woods" Techniques that Generate New Pathways presented by Ellen Kandell and Kate Trygstad held at Howard Community  College, Duncan Hall , Columbia, MD

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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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