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WEBINAR: Conflict Coaching for Mediators and Lawyers - Another Alternative Dispute Resolution Method

  • 05/22/2023
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom


  • If you are a student non-member, the price is $15.

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Mediators and legal professionals are in the business of supporting people through complex and challenging conflicts. However, lawyers often focus on litigation as the only option in a dispute, and mediators often see a case at an advanced stage, if at all. Litigation and mediation are only options amid a spectrum of conflict management and resolution services. Conflict management coaching or “conflict coaching” emerged in North America in the late 1990s with two primary evidence-based models, including the CINERGY model by Cinnie Noble from Toronto, Canada. This model is recognized and taught globally, and it is used extensively in Canadian and U.S. federal agencies and businesses. It is a one-on-one future-focused process in a confidential setting that aims to raise awareness about everyone involved in the dispute. 

In this webinar, participants will learn: 

  1. Coaching as a profession as distinct from mediation, legal advocacy, and counseling;
  2. Coaching competencies and ethics, including confidentiality and self-determination;  
  3. Entry points into conflict coaching: before, during, or after a conflict event; and
  4. The overall benefits of conflict coaching as an alternative method of dispute resolution. 

**Approved for 1.5 hours CME credit (0.5 ethics) by the Supreme Court of Virginia** 

**This program has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit, of which 0.0 will also apply in the area of legal ethics or professionalism.**

Please note that this presentation will NOT be recorded.  It must be attended live.

This course counts toward MC3 certification and recertification. Visit MC3 Mediator Certification for more information.

Presenter Bios

Pattie Porter: Patricia “Pattie” Porter, PCC is the Founder and President of Conflict Connections, Inc. located in San Antonio, Texas. Pattie’s dispute resolution career spans 28+ years as a workplace and EEO mediator, team facilitator, and conflict coach. The highlights of her career serving as the President of the Texas Association of Mediators, Co-Chair of the Workplace Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, as well as serving as a formal mentor to the Department of Navy mediators. She presents on various conflict and coaching topics including abrasive behaviors to the United Nations Ombuds and teaches the CINERGY® conflict coaching model to dispute resolution graduates at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of two Mini-buks: Stop the Dreaded Drama and Stop Avoiding Conflict. 

Amy Pruett:  Amy Pruett is a partner at Williams Mullen, where she helps businesses and professionals protect and economize rights in their brands, names, marks, copyrights, and other intellectual property assets. She is a Virginia Certified Mediator with the McCammon Group, helping parties navigate through challenging conflicts to find interest-based solutions. As a musician with more than two decades in the music industry and a 500hr certified yoga instructor, Amy devotes significant attention to the practice of entertainment & music law and mediation, as well as health and wellness. She is also a certified CINERGY Conflict Management Coach, and she teaches Music Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, School of Law. Amy co-founded Abunditude, LLC with her husband, a US Navy Veteran, to provide well-being, coaching and leadership programs to individuals with demanding professions and responsibilities.  Amy is on the Board of Directors of VMN.

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