I offer workshops in Manhattan for trained mediators who want to work on their skills, their mediation mindset, and other concerns relating to mediation.Â The workshops focus on:
- how the mediator can help parties gain clarity about what they each want, communicate that clearly to the other party, and work toward an agreement of their own choosing,
- ways to move the process forward without making suggestions to parties or pressuring them,
- how to develop a neutral mediator mindset in which the mediator does not pay attention to any opinions he or she might have regarding the concerns of the parties, but is, instead, able to focus neutrally on the underlying desires and concerns of the parties in the way that they view them, and
- ways to help the parties focus on issues in a productive, insightful and analytical way, while still respecting the parties’ emotional and intuitive perspectives.
The following are three series of workshops “under construction”. Please let me know if you may be interested in any of them or if you’d like to hear more about them:
- A workshop for experienced family and divorce mediators, which will meet regularly.Â Each meeting will have a topic and will also address questions and concerns from mediations. It will be much like the prior workshops, however it will be limited to trained mediators who have done 25 cases or more.Â It will meet regularly (frequency to be determined), and full attendance by the group will be a goal. The fee will be $25 per session, paid in advance, for a two-hour workshop.
- A workshop for trained mediators outside the family and divorce area, which will meet regularly.Â Each meeting will have a topic and will also address questions and concerns from mediations, if any. It will meet regularly (frequency to be determined), and full attendance by the group will be a goal. The fee will be $25 per session, paid in advance, for a two-hour workshop
- A discussion group for mediators and potential mediators who would like to consider mediation and conflict resolution theory, practice and ethics.Â Readings will be chosen and assigned. The fee will be $25 per session, paid in advance, for a two-hour discussion.
Please contact me at Diane@DianeCohenMediation.com for further information. All workshops are held on the Upper West Side.
The following are some comments about the workshops from participants:
“Diane Cohen â€™s workshops have taken me much deeper into the process of listening than any other training, including years of communication education. have done. Â She creates a wonderful space of neutrality and unhurried mediation that is rare and any contact with her offers the seasoned mediator the same opportunity.Â Thank you, Diane.”Â Joyce Mitchell
“Diane Cohen’s mediation workshops are enriching. Â Diane is a seasoned mediator with wisdom to impart. Â Through discussions and especially through role-plays, I’ve gained more insight into how to approach difficult mediations and difficult parties.”Â Â Justine Borer
“I very much enjoyed the workshop last night.Â I found all your commentsÂ right on target, and those you made to meÂ particularly helpful.Â One of my problems has always been reframing.Â I know I don’t do it enough, and your comments indicated to me what I could try to do.Â I also thought the way you drew people out about what might be bothering them was terrific…The group as a whole I thought worked well together.Â I’m sure it varies from one session to another but I certainly hope to see some of them again at another session.Â I would very much like to attend again…Many thanks.”Â Doris (last name omitted at participant’s request)
“Thank you so much, Diane for another helpful workshop. I feel that I keep learning and growing after I attend one of your workshops…” Jamie Meyer
“Dianeâ€™s mediation workshops which Iâ€™ve attended for the past several months have provided a seldom available opportunity for trained mediators, with diverse experiences, to meet informally to discuss mediation-related topics and to practice and improve their skills. The workshops, each with a previously-selected topic or agenda, usually accommodated 8-12 participants at any given time thus creating a comfortable arrangement for discussion and role plays; I feel I often came away from the workshops with useful information and a new perspective.
Dianeâ€™s lengthy mediation history and the variety of mediation settings from which she draws her experience have made her an outstanding facilitator — in addition to her friendly, thoughtful and direct style. Overall, the success of the workshops has been largely influenced by Dianeâ€™s desire to not only function as a facilitator/mentor but also her genuine interest in remaining a participant — clearly eager to know and learn from each of the groupâ€™s members.”Â Cheryl Welch