7th Annual Midwest Mediation Conference - September 8 - 9, 2017

picture of Tricia Jones

Tricia S. Jones is a Full Professor at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), past President of the Temple University Faculty Senate, and recently served as Vice-President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Conflict Management, the nation's largest professional association for dispute resolution and conflict management specialists. Her research and teaching focuses on communication, conflict and change processes.

Her scholarship has received more than $3,500,000.00 in external funding from federal and state agencies and private foundations. She has authored 8 books and over 75 articles and book chapters and has given more than 250 presentations at national and international conferences. Her books on conflict and conflict resolution education include: Intercultural Communication: A Peacebuilding Perspective (Waveland Press, 2015); Conflict Coaching: Conflict Management Strategies and Skills for the Individual (Sage, 2008), New Directions on Mediation (Sage, 1994), Does It Work? The Case for Conflict Resolution Education in our Nations Schools (CRENet, 2000), Kids Working It Out: Stories and Strategies for Making Peace in Our Schools (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Interpersonal Communication through the Life Span (Allyn & Bacon, 2008). She is currently working on The Heart of Conflict: Emotion Theory and Impact in Conflict Processes (Sage, 2017 in process) and development of a book and series on Media and Social Conflict (Rowman Littlefield).

Dr. Jones is currently heading the research on Conflict Coaching Efficacy in New York State Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs), a statewide project infusing conflict coaching into the 62-county CDRC network overseen by NYUCS. In 2011-2013, she worked with Israeli and Palestinian mediators in mixed cities disputes and her model of intervention has been adopted as a national focus to increase peace-building efforts in those areas.

Dr. Jones is the Project Director of the Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) project funded for a total of $2,200,000 by the U.S. Department of Education's FIPSE program (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education).

Dr. Jones served as a member of the Peace Education Reference Group for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and co-chaired the Peace Education and Conflict Resolution Education work group of the United Nations conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, which was attended by over 1,000 government and NGO representatives from more than 60 countries. Dr. Jones was a member of the facilitation team for International Summits on Conflict Resolution Education hosted by national and international partners including the Organization of American States and the United Nations Development Program.

Her conflict consulting work has focused on training and intervention programs for government agencies, higher education, health care, and state offices of dispute resolution. In 2009-2011, she designed the Department of Veterans Affairs' conflict coaching program as a component of the VA ADR Office of Resolution Management. She has trained conflict coaches for federal agencies including the Department of Defense, State Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Association, National Institutes of Health, Department of Justice, United States Air Force, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Bureau of Printing and Engraving, National Mediation Board, and others. Her recent consulting work focuses on delivering ADR and Conflict Management training throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs and conducting online conflict management webinars for Department of Defense Educational Administration's Conflict Education and Dispute Resolution program and the Federal Aviation Administration. She also consults for corporate and non-profit organizations such as the Organization of American States, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, The United Nations, Pfizer, and Georgia State University system, Sierra Club, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and American Baptist Churches – USA.

By attending on Friday with Dr. Jones, you will increase your mediation skills by learning:

  • Conflict Coaching Model (CCCM)
  • The Preparatory Conversation
  • Discovering the Story
  • The Connection Between Perspectives
  • Crafting and Enacting the Best Story

Saturday's speakers will focus on the day-to-day, nuts and bolts of practicing mediation.

  • Mark Roscoe will cover mediation preparation; building rapport, credibility and confidence during the initial contact with the parties; establishing a decorum of respect; building momentum; maintaining energy levels and control over the parties; use of joint sessions vs. private caucus; drafting the final agreement.
  • Megan Wells, IAM President and Tess Worrell, IAM President Elect, will provide participants with an overview on Family Law and the ADR Rules, which will include a general update on all Indiana statutes and case law applicable to Family Law and an overview of the ADR Rules and how to apply them to your practice.
  • Traci Tetrick will provide an overview of Special Education and the procedural safeguards offered to parents of students with disabilities under both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Article 7. Attendees will also become familiar with key statutory language to consider in mediating and writing effective written agreements in Family Law situations involving students with disabilities.
  • Carolyn Roper and Lea Shelemey will provide an hour-long presentation on Ethics. Good behavior is a matter of "Is it moral?" and "Is it ethical?" and then provide frameworks for ethical decision-making.
  • Victor Quintanilla will discuss the Indiana ADR Study that is currently underway to determine whether Indiana judges prefer some dispute resolution procedures such as mediation, over others such as formal legal hearings in particular Family Law case contexts and situations and the reasons for these preferences as well as the ADR preferences of Indiana Attorneys and Indiana residents and their reasons.

This two-day Conference is sponsored by the Indiana Association of Mediators in conjunction with the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport located at 8555 Stansted Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46241 on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2017. A block of rooms at a discounted price will be available for attendees of the Conference. When booking a room, it is necessary to identify yourself as a Conference attendee to receive this discounted rate, otherwise their normal rate will apply. Ample free parking is available in the hotel's parking lot.

Members of the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers may attend the Conference at the same cost as current IAM members. For persons who are not currently IAM or NASW members*, the cost of registration includes membership for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018.

Your registration includes all Conference materials, as well as morning and afternoon snacks and lunches. There will be time for extensive networking and to get answers to your questions, so come prepared.

Scholarships: The IAM is offering ten (10) $100 scholarships that may be applied to the cost of your registration to students, new mediators, and those with financial need. The $100 scholarship applies only to two-day registrations. For one-day registrations, $50 scholarships are available. Please email Megan Wells, IAM President or call her at (317) 580-9348 for more scholarship information. If registration is done online, you will be issued a reimbursement check at the Conference.

For your convenience, the following information is also available:

CLE, CME and NLS has been applied for and is pending. The IAM has also applied for Social Worker Continuing Education hours with NASW and has been approved for 11.5 hours of Continuing Education Units. Approval of NLS CLE hours for attorneys requires a written application to the Commission and is limited to 12 hours in any 3-year period.

Cost of Conference Registration

Current* IAM & NASW Members:

2-day registration for both Friday, September 8th AND Saturday, September 9th: $299.00

1-day registration for either Friday, September 8th OR Saturday, September 9th: $199.00

New IAM Members, which includes IAM membership for 2017 and 2018:

2-day registration for both Friday, September 8th AND Saturday, September 9th: $399.00

1-day registration for either Friday, September 8th OR Saturday, September 9th: $299.00

* Current members are those members who have paid their 2017 membership dues prior to August 1, 2017

Attendance is limited to 50 registrants. Due to space limitations, payment of the registration fee prior to the start of the Conference is required to guarantee your attendance. If payment for your registration has not been received by September 8th, 2017, your registration will be cancelled.

Cancellation: Current IAM and NASWIN members may cancel their registrations prior to September 2, 2017, in writing, and receive a full refund of the registration cost, minus a $10 cancellation fee if a credit card was used online to pay for the registration. However, for persons who are not current IAM members, cancellation and a refund of your registration (minus the $10 credit card cancellation fee) will also cancel the IAM membership for 2017 and 2018 which was included in the cost of your registration. After September 2, 2017, a cancellation fee of $75 will apply to all registrations and the balance of any payments made will be refunded upon written request.

If you do not wish to register for the Conference online, you can download the Registration Form above or go to the Membership page, download and fill out the IAM Membership Application Form, and send it, along with your payment, to the address indicated on the form.

2016 - 2017 Officers and Directors

At the Annual Meeting of the Membership, which was held on October 27, 2016, the following officers and directors were elected for 2016 - 2017: Megan Wells - President; Tess Worrell - Vice President (President-Elect); Janetta Coleman - Secretary; Ann Thrasher - Treasurer; Rick Wacker - Assistant Treasurer. All of the officers serve as directors of the Association. Ann Thrasher, as Past President, serves on the Executive Committee and as a director. Other directors elected at the meeting include: Mark Fairchild (Avon), Lisa Fears (Franklin), Mary Hoeller (Indianapolis), Marla Hylton (Carmel), Dustin Matern (Franklin), Carolyn Roper (Westville), Lea Shelemey (Valparaiso), June Shrieves (Greenwood), La Donna Trapp (Valparaiso), Kim Van Valer (Franklin), and Rick Wacker (Fishers).

Task Force Established to Consider Changes to Indiana's ADR Rules

Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson has appointed an Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, chaired by Judge David Avery to consider and propose changes to the current Indiana Rules of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Subcommittees have also been established to review the ADR Rules in four areas: (1) domestic relations mediation; (2) civil mediation; (3) arbitration; and (4) mini-trials, summary jury trials, and private judges. The IAM is well represented in this process by Past Presidents Kim Van Valer and Ann Thrasher and IAM Member Andrea Ciobanu.

IAM Continues to Investigate Community Mediation Centers

The Board continues to investigate Community Mediation Centers. If you're interested in getting involved in this project, please contact Mary Hoeller. If enough information becomes available, a separate page will be added to this website in the future.