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NAFCM Webinar - Veterans Mediation: The Political Dance of Change
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NAFCM Webinar - Veterans Mediation: The Political Dance of Change

Presented by The JAMS/NAFCM Veterans Mediation Learning Community Partners

When: 6/10/15
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM

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Program Description      


The work with veterans, either from a grassroots or legislative vantage point, is about advancing their concerns, aggregating their wisdom, and amplifying their voices. This work is political. The webinar will explore this work within the framework that contends that community mediation is community mobilization. One possible role as community mediators is to assure that all those affected by an issue are at the table of deliberation. Thereby, creating a function for community mediators to work towards the inclusion of a diversity of stakeholders, some of whom may be adversaries, so that true sustainable decision making about programming, practices and policies may occur.


Learning Objectives       


Participants will be presented with possible links between the hallmarks of community mediation and the key aspects of community mobilization.


Participants will learn about developing local programs from a grassroots, veteran’s perspective.


Participants will explore how to institutionalize their work within Regional, State and Federal structures. 



Presenter Bios     


Jack Signorela, Volunteer Mediator, The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management at Monterey College of Law is a Veteran of the Vietnam war and a dedicated mediator, is the Veterans Mediation Liaison and a volunteer mediator. Jack was the recipient of a Community Service Award from the United Way of Monterey County in 2014.Jack is an outstanding volunteer and his dedication to the practice of mediation is remarkable.  Following a successful career in medical education and public service, Jack has directed his time and talents to mediation, with a particular passion for veterans’ issues. Jack completed the mediation skills training course at MGC in the Winter of 2012.  Since then he has been mediating in MGC’s court mediation program and NEIGHBOR Project, volunteering in over 100 cases.  Jack is also one of the Center’s best spokespersons. He represents the Center at community events and conducts outreach on behalf of the Center.  Jack has furthered his mediation skills with advanced mediation courses at Pepperdine Law School and Community Boards.


Sharon Tracy, Executive Director, Quabbin Mediation founded the organization in 1995. A mediator and trainer for twenty years, she develops and implements mediation and conflict resolution curricula in a multitude of settings. She is from a multi-generational military family, and in 2007 created Veterans Mediation, training veterans, Guard, Reserve, active military and family members to mediate for their peers. With more than thirty years' experience in organizational development, she has particular skills in creating innovative programs and writing grant proposals to fund them. An example is Training Active Bystanders, an effective, locally developed school-based leadership development and violence prevention program.  She is a proponent of the concept that ADR practitioners’ skills can be successfully applied to community organizing by convening stakeholder alliances and facilitating their work together to meet their communities’ needs.


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