As a full time professional in dispute resolution, I provide mediation, facilitation, consultation and training for a broad range of clients and their issues—including divorce and child custody, special education/ADA, workplace/EEO, business and construction, and group intervention and planning facilitation.
From February 2008 until November 2010, while continuing to see private clients, I served as fulltime Family Court mediator in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, providing mediation services to self-represented lower-income litigants in the court.
Representative Institutional Mediation and Facilitation Clients:
* Previous or ongoing extended services contracts
Mediator and IEP Facilitator Training
Seventeen hour refresher training in current Special Education law, with
review of the concepts and techniques of mediation and facilitation to
resolve conflicts in Special Education.
[This is an annual training.]
Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training
intensive training in the theory and applications of powerful and positive
strengths-based ways for inviting people to build the kinds of thriving
organizations and futures they
Domestic Violence Training Six-hour interactive presentation on
profiles, characteristics and actions of DV perpetrators and victims, with discussion
of the appropriate assessment and handling of domestic violence in
Land Use Facilitation Update Eight-hour course on revised
City of Albuquerque processes and procedures for conducting meetings between
developers and neighbors regarding zoning and other land-use
Construction Dispute Resolution Board
training in a process to
help construction projects predict and handle potential problems and provide
advisory opinions and dispute resolution on questionable or disputed matters.
Collaborative Practice Symposium Sixteen-hour conference and
intermediate training addressing difficult issues in collaborative practice
and skills for enhanced effectiveness in collaborative
Collaborative Divorce Sixteen-hour advanced training
for lawyers, mental health professionals, financial consultants and mediators
in a supportive process designed to help couples part with dignity and
Construction Arbitration Sixteen-hour intensive
advanced training in arbitration rules, format and procedures for
conducting sessions and writing awards, with special emphasis on construction
Handling New Mexico Divorce Cases Eight-hour CLE
comprehensive review and analysis of critical areas of NM divorce, including
asset division, child custody and support and tax issues, by Maria Garcia
Geer and Patrick
Mediation in Healthcare Eight-hour training for mediating Medicare beneficiary
complaints filed with the Quality Improvement Organization regarding the
quality of preventive or treatment healthcare services.
Child Abuse and Neglect Mediation Sixteen-hour advanced training in
providing mediation services to families under the jurisdiction of the
Protective Services Division (Children, Youth & Families
IEP Facilitation Fourteen-hour advanced training
for facilitating development of Individualized Education Programs for Special
Education students in meetings involving parents, school staff and
Family Group Decision Making Facilitation
advanced training for conducting meetings of parents, family, support
persons, and providers to create safety plans for abused or neglected
children returning home.
Public Issues Facilitation Twenty-hour advanced training
for designing and facilitating public communication on significant public
issues. Focus on practical issues for effective facilitating in diverse
EEO Workplace Mediation Twenty-hour advanced training in
mediating employee and supervisor disputes which have resulted in informal
EEO complaints; special emphasis on Transformational Mediation, focusing on
Land Use Facilitation Eight-hour specialized training
for facilitating development issues involving developers and neighborhood
associations, as part of Albuquerque’s Land Use Alternative Dispute
Special Education Mediation Fourteen-hour advanced training
for mediating disputes among parents, teachers, and administrators,
concerning individualized education programs (IEP) and their implementation.
ADA Complaint Mediation Eight-hour introduction to disability
issues for mediating disputes between individuals and "covered
entities" under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), for mediating
ADA complaints filed with the Dept. of Justice.
Certification Program for Professional Facilitators
Thirty-hour course in designing
and conducting facilitated meetings and workshops in organizational and
institutional settings. Emphasis on flexibility of processes and
Seminar: New Mexico Construction Law Eight-hour seminar. Carl Calvert, Timothy Sheehan, and Craig Othmer—leading NM construction lawyers—presented comprehensive overviews of state and federal law affecting NM construction. National Business Institute, Albuquerque, 1995
Intercultural Collaboration Workshops A series of workshops
developing intercultural awareness and techniques to enhance cross-ethnic partnerships
required for collaborative action, conducted by Roberto Chené.
Divorce and Child-custody Mediation Forty-hour certified course
from recognized leaders in the field; CDR provides training in various
aspects of family, business, environmental, and international mediation.
Construction and Business Mediation Thirty-hour course, with
emphasis on the NM Public Works Mediation Act. AAA is considered the
primary nationwide provider of qualified arbitrators for business and
Adolescent-parent Mediation Thirty-two-hour course with
subsequent volunteer mediations. NMCDR specialized in school-based and
other youth mediation and training throughout New
Basic Mediation Skills Forty-hour course with follow-up apprentice program. This
organization utilized volunteer mediators in the Albuquerque Metropolitan
Court program, as well as in mediations for various City departments.
References available upon request