Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • June 23, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Sheraton Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Ave.

    The Banquet Luncheon begins June 23, Sunday noon

    at the Sheraton Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Ave.

         From noon until 2:00 pm, during our banquet, MCDR will first award Cam Crockett with the 2019/2020 Sharon Pickett Award for Mediator Excellence.  Presenting the award will be Carl Schneider and Stirling Phillips, President of MCDR.

         Immediately following this award presentation MCDR will celebrate 20 years promoting mediation and other non-adversarial dispute resolution methods.  For the past 20 years MCDR has been an advocate for and active supporter of  the profession and professional growth for all Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioners.  Several of our founders will reminisce, sharing stories of the early days.

    This is a ticketed event.  You will need to reserve your seat in advance

    for this event.

         Tickets to this event cost $25.00 and may be paid on our website by visiting our Home Page and clicking on the subtab to order tickets:  Certifcation and Special Events Orders Form.  Click on the picture and follow instructions to generate an invoice or use MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or American Express.  Or send your check for $25.00 made payable to Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution to:

    Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution

    10319 Westlake Drive

    Suite 247

    Bethesda, MD  20817

    When you arrive for this event you will need to please check in

    at the registration desk at the entrance to our room.


         Immediately following the award and celebration you are invited to stay for our Summer Quarterly Meeting from 2:00-4:00.  2 Hours of ADR related C.E. will be offered for attending this Quarterly Meeting.  A $10.00 fee is charged to non-members for a certificate.  Our speaker and topic will be announced soon!

    Please come join in the celebration!

    • 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:


    • June 27, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Either Rockville, Columbia or Annapolis

    Building Your Professional Practice:  A Workshop

    Our next workshop is scheduled for two consecutive days:

    Thursday and Friday, June 27 and June 28

     2:00 - 4:00 pm

         This workshop is presented jointly by MCDR and Barry M. Weissman & Associates, illustrating one of the many benefits given your membership in MCDR.  As described below, this presentation offers you as a participant the opportunity to self-assess and apply those recognized, tried and tested tools with which to establish and improve your practice.  Please continue reading for more information and to register.

         Are you just starting out or have you reached a plateau, now wishing to grow or expand your professional practice? Barry, drawing on his over forty years of highly successful business and sales experience, will personally lead this workshop.  Barry's C.V. can be found on LinkedIn where you are invited to connect.

         The location of the Workshop is determined by the participants, wherever is more convenient.  The workshop can be held either at the JCECC in Annapolis, an office in Columbia, or in the main conference room of XML Financial Group, One Preserve Parkway, Suite 120, Rockville.  Street parking is free; guest parking for a fee is located adjacent to the building.


         Directions to the One Preserve Parkway address may be found at www.TheFinancialsofDivorce.com.


         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.  Cost for the two sessions is $100.00 for MCDR members, $150.00 for non-members.  The $150.00 charge for non-members can be applied in total to a first year MCDR membership.  At the end of the Workshop a certificate for 4 hours of ADR related C.E. will be issued to each participant.


         This workshop includes handouts, an interactive presentation and discussion covering several topics.  In preparation for day one, so that a class roster can be developed, please submit your complete contact information.  Also at the start of our first session you will be asked to introduce yourself to the group.  To that end, please prepare a brief thirty second "Elevator Speech" introducing yourself.  This brief presentation should include who you are and what you do.  Take this opportunity to role play a first encounter with a prospect you hope to turn into a client.  Ask for an appointment; ask for a referral, "Is there anyone else you know who I should speak with...."  

         Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:   


                Your Personal Inventory:  Human Capital

                            Strengths as you see them

                            Strengths as others see them in you

                            Talents and gifts



                                        Life Experience

                                        Professional Training

                            4-quadrant personality types from a sales perspective

                            Sales training


                                        Telephone skills


                                        Concept sale  (Intangible) vs. product (Tangible) sale

                                        Service, service, service

                                        Maintenance sales and referrals


                Selling Yourself = Selling Your Professional Practice

                            On your own


                            Alliances and networking

                            Colleague or competitor

                            Developing a market niche and branding

                            Marketing your practice

                                        Ethical restrictions and limitations

                                        Print material

                                        Using Social Media

                                        Active or passive website

                                        LinkedIn or Presenting your C.V. to a prospect

                                        How to get hired or “closing the sale”

                                        Reputation building                                                    

               Just Starting Out?  What you need to do before hanging out the shingle.

               Been Doing It for a While?  Growing your practice and prepping your business for sale.

               What you might have missed or what you might want consider changing

                            Your business plan, if you have one

                            Liability and E&O Insurance

                            Home office or office rental options

                            Business structure

                                        Sole Proprietorship



                            Mission Statement

                            Banking issues and accounting for a retainer

                            Monthly Client Statements

                            Fee structure and disclosure

                            Forms:  Agreements and Documents


         Day 1 will focus on Sales and Sales Strategies; Day 2 will focus on Marketing Strategies and Branding.  In order to personalize the discussion, making it more relevant, participants are invited to prepare topics, issues and questions for discussion during the workshop.


         Please e-mail:  Barry@FinancialsofDivorce.com with your contact information and intent to join the workshop.  Upon receipt of your e-mail you will be sent a confirming e-mail.

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

              The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution

              10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 247

              Bethesda, MD 20817


         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.


         Cost for the two-session workshop is $100.00 for MCDR members, $150.00 for non-members.  The $150.00 charge for non-members can be applied to a first year MCDR membership.  Again, in order to complete your registration you must send in your check made payable to Barry M. Weissman.


    Cell Phone:  314-223-2661

    E-mail:  Barry@FinancialsofDivorce.com             

Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 247
 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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