AAM Meetings and Events

One (1.0) hours of CE credit is available to attendees for most AAM meetings.

AAM meeting usually begin with 30 minutes of networking followed by a one-hour presentation. 
AAM events are free to any one interested. Meetings offer a light lunch that is free to members and a requested $5 donation for non-AAM members.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

    • 18 Aug 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Dispute Resolution Center,
    Our speaker for the August AAM meeting will be Elly van Laar.

    When we support others, through listening and reflecting to improve understanding, we might become distracted by our own feelings, beliefs or issues that arise. This is the difference between empathy, defined as "respectful understanding", and sympathy, defined as "what arises internally in the listener that is triggered by the stimulus of listening"?

    When we mediate and listen to build understanding, our goal is to explore and understand the speaker; to bring attention and clarity to the speaker's experience, guessing needs and interests. If we are triggered by what we are hearing from the speaker, we get distracted and are less effective listeners. Instead of staying focused on what the speaker is saying, we are absorbed by our own triggers.

    Nonviolent Communication offers practical tools to use our sympathetic triggers in a constructive way. In this presentation Elly van Laar will share her insights on feelings and needs from NVC and we will practice distinguishing between what we are hearing from what is arising within us when we hear it. We will also learn to support ourselves when what arises within us interferes with our ability to be present. We’ll explore options for this self-care to be effective at bringing us back to the quality of listening needed to be an effective mediator.

    Elly van Laar is a coach. She specializes in helping professionals nourish relationships and self-care.

    For 20+ years, Elly has helped individuals, couples and organizations deepen compassion and empathy skills, bridge differences, and find solutions that benefit all parties. Elly is a speaker and blogger on Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, and conflict resolution.

    Elly has a Masters in Political Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has nine years of training with Nonviolent Communication teachers and six years of teaching Nonviolent Communication. She belongs to Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Blossom mindfulness community, volunteers at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center and is a member of Amnesty International since 1980.

    And if she is not coaching? Then you can find her on her meditation cushion, visiting friends and family in the Netherlands, trying new vegan recipes, juggling, or, hanging out with her fan and teacher, her husband David Nayer.

    To find out more about Elly visit www.ellyvanlaar.com.

    The meeting will begin at 11:30 am for networking and the one-hour presentation will begin at 12:00. One (1.0) hours of CE credit is available to attendees.

    This event is free of charge to all interested people, with a light lunch provided. For non-AAM members, a $5 donation for lunch is suggested.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

Events Prior to 2015

Here are some of the diverse topics presented by many outstanding practitioners in the conflict resolution field.

Stacie McGee, Ethics in Film

Mark Sims, Stories and Examples in Family Law Mediation

Ted Daniels, Diane Harvey and Karen Smithson, Panelists - Getting Started in Mediation

David Huang, Walter Krudop and John Morgan, Panelists - Mediation and Workplace Safety Precaution

Walter Wright , Ethics in Caucus

David Huang, Difficult Mediations

Luemara Wagner, Multicultural Issues in Mediation

Karl Spock, ADR Legislative Update 2013

Kevin Leahy, This is Your Brain on Ethics, www.knowledgeadvocate.com

Mary Thompson, www.corderthompson.com - The Role of Apology in Mediation

Julia Benkoski - Mediating Estate-Probate Disputes...Or Are We Herding Cats? - www.jgblegal.com

Jan Berger - Ethical Dilemnas

Better Business Bureau - Alternative Dispute Resolution program

Kathy Lenox - Putting the 'Me' in Mediation: Finding your Niche

Larry Schooler - How Mediators Prepare for Mediation

Walt Krudop - Interactive Ethics

Karl Slaikeu, PhD - www.karlslaikeu.com - Conflict Resolution Experiences in Afghanistan

Mary Thompson, www.corderthompson.com - Facilitation

Mary Steinhardt, PhD, UT professor and Faculty Ombuds presented on Ombudsmen. For more information on Mary Steinhardt visit: http://www.utexas.edu/education/resilience/about.html

Susan Schultz - ADR legislation update
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Kate Stewart, PhD presented Goals and Stories: A New Model for Mediators
Blog at MyScaffolds.com
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Rick Bradstreet, PhD, presented on The Drama Triangle. Phone: 512-338-9907, E-Mail: rbradstreet@sbcglobal.net

Real Estate/Foreclosure Mediation by Jeff Jury. Jeff is a DRC mediator and has served as DRC Board President. He is an Austin lawyer with a large mediation practice and a noted author and speaker in the field. Jeff Jury - Web site: www.bajb.com/jj.jsp – Arbitration

Walter Wright, Unauthorized Practice of Law/Insurance

Suzanne Schwartz, Challenging Attorney Behavior in Mediation

Angela Jamison, DRC mediator, and Bruce Kravitz, Community Education Director of the AGE program (Austin Groups for the Elderly) presented on Elder Mediation. Click here to view presentation.

Charlie Cannon, Web site: www.mediate.com/ccannon/ - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the ESGR Ombudsman Program

Claude Ducloux - Tips and Tricks for Mediators

Katie Bond - Adult Victim-Offender Mediations

Mike Schless, Jan Berger, Walt Krudop - Ethics discussion panel

David Garza - Transformative Mediation

Susan Schultz - ADR legislation update

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