2022 Fall Conference: Rising to the Challenge in a Changing Environment

Virginia Mediation Network's annual Fall Conference offers a variety of professional development sessions focused on alternative dispute and conflict resolution. The conference is Virginia's premiere networking event for ADR professionals. We provide both Continuing Mediator Education credits and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credits for various sessions. 

Not a VMN Member?  Join us to receive discounted conference rates. 

Call for Presentations

The Virginia Mediation Network is hosting its 2022 Fall Conference on September 17 & 19-23.  Saturday, September 17, will be in-person at Washington & Lee University School of Law. (There will be a dinner or cocktail hour offered on the evening of Friday, Sept. 16).  We will offer six in-person sessions that day.  The remainder of the conference from Sept. 19-23 will be virtual, and we will offer two virtual sessions per day. Our theme this year is “Rising to the Challenge in a Changing Environment,” because in the ADR world we are moving forward, facing a new day, and acknowledging evolving communication methods and business models.

VMN is seeking proposals for 1-1.5 hour presentations related to our theme that would be of interest to conference participants.  Presenters will be offered one of the following: a $50 discount on conference registration fees; a $50 honorarium; or recognition as a “Patron” level sponsor of the conference (includes name/company on Whova virtual event homepage & on VMN website throughout conference) Workshops on implementing conflict resolution in both public and private sectors are of special interest, however, all conference presentation ideas are welcome. To assist in thinking about potential session topics, please see below for a list of ideas provided by VMN members.


To submit a proposal, please email the following to Christy Brimmer, VMN Administrator, at virginiamediationnetwork@gmail.com:

  1. Session Title
  2. Session Length (1 to 1.5 hours is preferred, but 2 hour sessions may also be accepted)
  3. Session Description (one paragraph, 3-5 sentences that can be included in marketing materials)
  4. Presenter biography (one paragraph, 3-5 sentences that can be included in marketing materials)
  5. A completed (2 pages) and signed Form ADR-2001, which can be downloaded here: adr2001.pdf
  6. Please note whether you prefer presenting in-person, virtually, or either.

Presenter proposals are being accepted until May 15, 2021. However, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible so we can confirm continuing education credits for marketing purposes.  

    After initial review and acceptance of your proposal, additional documentation will be requested.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Christy at virginiamediationnetwork@gmail.com or (804) 316-5271.

    Possible Session Ideas from VMN Members:

        • Nuts & bolts of drafting child & spousal support agreements, esp. complicated spousal support calculations
        • Taxes, insurance, mortgages, retirement portfolios, and managing consumer debt in a divorce mediation
        • Family/children/women right’s issues
        • Mediating family court cases, including agreement templates/examples
        • How to break impasse
        • Cybersecurity developments, including Zoom and other virtual conferencing related security issues for mediations
        • Tools for assessing conflicts
        • De-escalation tactics (in mediation and other areas)
        • Transformative conflict coaching
        • Peacekeeping and facilitating difficult discussions in community groups
        • Non-violent Communication according to Marshal Rosenberg's principles
        • Ethics of data protection as it relates to the confidentiality standard (e.g., when financial docs are disclosed/shared electronically in a divorce mediation)
        • The line between legal information and legal advice
        • Ethical considerations of virtual mediation
        • Complicit Bias
        • Best practices and practical tips for mediators
        • Practical ways of providing a safe space for clients and addressing their fears and concerns.
        • Navigating the court process and paperwork
        • Group mediation
        • Restorative justice
        • Ombuds work
        • A panel of facilitators/mediators that have worked to resolve (both election and non-election) conflicts both internationally and domestically
        • Sharing and normalizing stresses felt by mediators, along with suggestions for reducing pressure
        • Interactive sessions
        • Somatics and Body Language for Mediators
        • Deep Listening Skills
        • The Importance of Apology in Mediation
        • Interest-Based Problem Solving
        • Intro to Workplace Mediation
        • Guide to Determining Capacity - Particular mental health issues, etc.
        • Mediation Across Cultural Boundaries
        • ADR job opportunities
        • The Power of Victimhood and how Mediators can address it
        • Arbitration in different settings, such as IP, commercial, etc.
        • How to implement ADR in resistant govt agencies
        • Nationwide certification/credentialing
        • Psychology based sessions
        • Influencing the resurgence of community policing and changing the culture of policing so that we are in partnerships to solve underlying community problems
        • Civil issues
        • Mortgage Relief Program
        • Facilitation Negotiations
        • Mediating with a trauma informed approach
        • Growing your business
        • How to effectively create a new 'normal' in a post-COVID world that addresses the personal and professional. Chances are we will be living in a hybrid environment at least from a professional viewpoint.

    2021 Fall Virtual Conference: Building Bridges

    Our Fall Conference theme in 2021 was "Building Bridges," and we focused on providing tools and insights to help ADR professionals build bridges between people and communities.  

    A big "thank you" to our 2021 Event Sponsor, Holcomb Mediation Centers, and our Platinum Sponsors, ADR Notable, and Mediate.com. 


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