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Association for Conflict Resolution
ACR Family Section Teleseminar
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Participant Instructions: (605) 562-3140, Access Code 474131#
Speaker materials are now available on the Family Section's website.
Family Mediation and What We Can Learn from Infantry, Organisations, and Restorative Justice: Experience, Conflict Intersections and Best Practices

Mediation has many models including Facilitative and Evaluative, Transformative and Settlement to name but a few. ADR has conversations and appreciative enquiries. The military has launched operations based on the principles of attrition and mass slaughter or peace keeping with rules of engagement. Contrast and compare the legal and interpersonal conflict world and consider how to glean the most for Family applications, including mediation, from each branch of conflict engagement and intersection. Then reflect on how to apply a method, or combination thereof appropriately and successfully, to a given value of success. This presentation is both a summary of a Working Paper in preparation and a skill/theory overview that draws from Ian Connop’s experience in Workplace Disputation, Restorative/Innovative Justice with Youth, the Australian Defence Force, ADR/Mediation, Supervised Child Contact Centres, and High Conflict Divorce Programs.

Presenter: Ian Connop, now working in both Australia and Canada, has a diverse work history as an Australian underground rock driller, sheep shearer, cowboy and Infantryman before opening a book shop in Byron Bay on the eastern most point of the Australian continent. Eventually he attended university training as a Gestalt Therapist and Social Worker, picking up various dispute resolution qualifications along the way. He is a Registered Mediator, Social Worker and mental health provider in both Australia and Canada, is a clinical supervisor, group facilitator and trainer privately and for Relationships Australia, has written a Manual for group work in high conflict divorce and is a Restorative Justice Facilitator for the Australian Defence Force within his own practice: Known Icon Dispute Alternatives and Family Services. He provides workshops and presentations in Family Law and its mediation intersection, workplace disputation and is actively involved in the current Alberta Family Law Reform Forum. He has two children and shares another two stepchildren. His wife, Ronda, is a Canadian, and spends time on both continents. In what spare time he is a surf life saver, rows surfboats and enjoys long bushwalks with his son.
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