2020 VMN Conference Current

Virginia Mediation Network Virtual Learning featuring

Gerry O'Sullivan


"Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes"  

Thursday, November 12, 2020 12pm to 1:30pm


1.5 hours of Non Ethics CME available!


VMN 2020 Members $10 

Non Members $40


Click here to register online now!


The success of mediation critically depends on the qualities of questions posed within it. The S Questions Model has been developed by Gerry O’Sullivan and is introduced in her book - ‘The Mediator’s Toolkit: Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes’. This is the first published work to shine a spotlight on mediation questions, per se.


The purpose of this question type is to:

  •  Identify the link between the observations, interpretations, assumptions, beliefs and the subsequent actions of a party.
  •  Make an unconscious thinking process conscious and introduces new insight to the parties which creates understanding between them.
  •  Shift a party's perspective from their old narrative towards a new narrative

Gerry O’Sullivan will introduce, describe and explain the purpose and focus of Shift Thinking: Journey of Inference Questions the so that participants will be able to implement the theoretical learning in practice.


Gerry OSullivan


Gerry O'Sullivan has 30 years’ experience in conflict resolution work, training design and delivery, facilitation, as well as experience in the evaluation of community projects and training programs.  Gerry delivers Certified Professional Mediation Training that is accredited by the Mediators' Institute of Ireland. She has delivered training internationally with U.S. based Lawyers Without Borders, in partnership with CEDR, U.K., and is an external trainer with CEDR U.K. Gerry is a member of the Mediators Beyond Borders Consultants Team.

Gerry has worked in Israel/PalestineCuba, Serbia and Northern Ireland. She trained in "Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Post-War Recovery and Reconciliation" with the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) and is now an associate with their Department of Peace Operations (DPO).  She is an Advanced Member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, trained and certified in Organizational & Workplace Mediation, Community Mediation, Civil & Commercial Mediation and as a mediator for separating couples.

Gerry is the director of O’Sullivan Solutions and she lives in Castlegregory on the southwest coast of Ireland.

Coming in early December, 2020!

Andrea Palmisano (VMN Member) will present 

"How Trauma Can Impact Our Mediation Clients" 

1.5 Non Ethics CME Approved!

Trauma can substantially impact our mediation clients' behaviors, thus potentially jeopardizing their ability to make rational decisions, rather than ones triggered by defensive and protective psychological mechanisms.  In this workshop, mediators will learn how to recognize clients' behaviors that might be a result of trauma, and best practices regarding how to proceed in mediation if those behaviors occur.


Andrea Palmisano

Andrea Palmisano

My educational background includes a Masters in Clinical Psychology, a PhD in General Psychology, and certifications in both general and family mediation.  I worked at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, NJ as a Parent-Child Therapist, treating children and families with a history of abuse and neglect, and as the Youth Program Director at the Community Mediation Center in VA.  

I am currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Tidewater Community College and have a private mediation business that includes mediation, training, and mentoring services.  Originally from Brazil, I love dancing, traveling, reading, and celebrating the best that each unique culture offers to the world.  


Thank you to all who particiated in the

Virginia Mediation Network 2020 Virtual Fall Conference!

What a great success!


Wednesday, September 16, 2020 through Friday, October 2, 2020.

Join VMN online for multiple workshop sessions throughout September 16th to October 2nd.


Click on the Conference Program below to review all Sessions for the VMN 2020 Virtual Fall Conference!


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