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March is Mediation Month in Virginia!
Governor Ralph S. Northam proclaims March is Mediation Month in Virginia. 
Share your events and celebrations with VMN!
Click here to view the 2019 Proclamation

Virginia Mediation Network 2019 Spring Conference!
Saturday, April 13, 2019
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The Nexus of Conflict Coaching and Mediation

2.5 hours CME Pending Approval

Conflict management coaching (also known as conflict coaching) has increasingly found its way into many mediators’, facilitators’ and coaches’ toolboxes. It is a process that can be used in tandem with mediation or other ADR processes or independent of it. There are multiple applications of conflict management coaching, and mediators and disputants alike are finding that the benefits, among other things, improve the conflict experience.

This interactive session provides an overview of what conflict management coaching is and its many applications. The focus will be primarily on the use of pre-mediation coaching to prepare parties to participate in the mediation process relating to their interpersonal disputes.

 Participants will learn:

  • what conflict management coaching is, its applications and how practitioners are expanding their businesses with the range of uses
  • how neuroscience principles figure into coaching and pre-mediation coaching
  • the whys, whats and hows of pre-mediation coaching
  • several resources to enhance a pre-mediation coaching practice

About the Presenter – Cinnie Noble

Cinnie Noble is a professional certified coach (PCC), qualified mediator and former lawyer. She is a pioneer of conflict management coaching, having developed the CINERGY® model in 1999. She coaches worldwide and trains mediators, coaches and others around the world in the use of this process. Cinnie is author of six books, two of which are on coaching - Conflict Management Coaching: The CINERGY™ Model (2011) and Conflict Mastery: Questions to Guide You (2014).


 Dale Robinson

Growing Your CR Services:  Mediation, Conflict Coaching, and Professional Development

1.5 hours CME Non Ethics Approved

Designed for human resource professionals, mediators, employee relations consultants and others who desire to build or enhance their conflict resolution services.  The conflict resolution program that was created for faculty and staff at Virginia Tech will serve as a model for developing and integrating mediation, conflict management coaching and professional development workshops. The facilitator will describe how to: assess the need for program strategies; gain support for the program; promote program services; and create alliances and boundaries with management and program partners. Participants will be provided with an outline of the curriculum developed for the workshops offered to faculty and staff; learn about the Conflict Dynamics Profile assessment and how to integrate it into workshops and conflict coaching; learn about the Social Justice Mediation concept; and consider which components of an integrated program may be the most appropriate for the parties involved.  


About the Presenter – Dale B. Robinson

Dale Robinson served as the Assistant Director for Education, Outreach and Conflict Resolution at Virginia Tech. From 2007 to 2017, he managed the Virginia Tech Conflict Resolution Program. He retired in 2017. Prior to Virginia Tech, Dale established the internal mediation program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1993 and established the mediation program utilized by the Tennessee Human Rights Commission to address both equal employment opportunity complaints and fair housing complaints filed with the Commission.  He assisted the Virginia Department of Employment Dispute Resolution, EDR, with the design of a workplace conflict resolution professional development program. Dale is a Virginia certified mediator and a member of the Board of Directors of VMN. 

*There will be a small break between workshops with light snacks and drinks provided by VMN.  Cancellation must be received in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. one week prior to the event (4/5/2019) for partial refund of registrations fees.  A $50 fee will be deducted from registration fees to cover expenses incurred by Virginia Mediation Network. 


 Save the Date!
Virginia Mediation Network 2019 Fall Conference
September 28 - 29, 2019
University of Richmond - Jepson Alumni Center

From the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia:

The following position is posted.  For more information on the position, open the intranet page, click the Human Resources tab, and click on the Job Vacancies heading on the left side of the page. 

           Dispute Resolution Specialist, Consumer Protection (#00399)


Congratulations to Norval "John" Settle
Mediator of the Year receipient 2018!
 Karen Richards, Larry Gaughan and Otis Jarvis present the Mediator of the Year award at the 2018 VMN Annual Fall Training Conference to N. John Settle.


Click here to register online for 2019 VMN Membership

Be sure to register / renew your 2019 VMN Membership to take advantage of:

  1. Networking and marketing opportunities with attorneys, mediators, financial professionals, and other providers
  2. Educational programs, conferences and meetings that qualify for continuing education credits
  3. Mediation promotion and referral programs that can augment your practice development efforts
  4. Membership in VMN is your entrée into the Virginia mediation community, and signifies your participation in the field of dispute resolution in Virginia.
  5. Representation and liaison for mediation issues with the VA Legislature, VA Courts, VA Bar Association, Universities and more
  6. Discounts to conferences and training sessions
  7. Discounted professional liability insurance
  8. Membership in VMN tells clients you have a commitment to mediation.
  9. Clients benefit from a multidisciplinary network of professionals you can refer to, and the ongoing mediation training VMN provides




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Congratulations to Larry Gaughan!

Mediator of the Year, 2017.