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A Newsletter from ADR Resources
Volume 4, No. 1.
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Norman Pickell has provided a new essay.  It is at  It is on the topic of child support and mediation and nicely done.  My thanks to Norman Pickell.

I recently had a chance to discuss starting an ADR program using the Continuing Education department of a community college.  I've updated my teaching related page at (new url) to make it easier to use the material and ideas if you are interested in trying to create a program by that method and my notes on how to apply the method that has worked for at least thirty or forty programs are at

The Recommended Book of the Month: The Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense at Work.  If you've visited my home page at recently you will notice that I've added a line at the top of the page for the "book of the month" and I'm recommending Dr. Elgin's book (with a link to more about it).  I feel very strongly to recommend the book in the rewritten second edition.  It is a nice introduction to a number of important topics.  If you've never been taught:  how to match sensory modes, how to apply Miller's law, how to diffuse standard verbal attack patterns or how to identify blamers, distractors, etc., this is an excellent place to start.

Interesting new Mediation & ADR web sites

I remain interested in getting referrals to new or important ADR sites.  Please send me the url rather than embedded links so that I can look at the address before having to visit it.  Thanks.

Essay/Comment/Employment notes

Salary Range: $84,638 to $110,028 .. a new mediation opening.  Submit your application  for Position Title, Series, and Grade: Director, Program Development and Outreach GS-0301-15 to: National Mediation Board, Attn: Florine Kellogg, 1301 K Street, NW, Suite 250-E, Washington, D.C. 20572, (202) 692-5000.

Also, Executive Director sought for Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center in Annapolis. Position is full time with 80 hours of paid vacation plus holidays a year.  Please send resumé with cover letter by November 16th, to AACRC Personnel Committee, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Educational Programs:

The New England Chapter of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) will host its 2000 Regional Conference on Friday, November 17, 2000 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.  Further information about the 2000 Regional Conference can be found online at New England SPIDR's website: Online registration is available at or call 508-520-3663.  Highly recommended.

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONSORTIUM (CUNY DRC) Announces Workplace Conflict Management Training Program Series January 16 - 23, 2001.  To register or for more information, call 212-237-8692, e-mail at or visit the CUNY DRC website at

The Theory to Practice Project, which is funded by the Hewlett Foundation, has announced a new ADR-related competition for law students, undergraduates, and graduate students. The goal of the competition is to make students aware of theory and research that is relevant to the ADR field and encourage them to "translate" the theory into something practical. The Project is inviting faculty who teach conflict resolution, negotiation, and related material to consider allowing students to use the same essay both to satisfy a course requirement and to enter the contest.

If you have questions, please contact the Project's principal investigator Chris Honeyman ( or you can find additional information at

News and Book Reviews/Books/Periodicals is the description of an interesting novel.  I've noted it later in the newsletter since it is not really ADR, in spite of some rumors, but appears interesting.  See for a counterpoint on the novel.

The "Resolving Conflict Creatively" series is currently being used by over 800 schools and community groups worldwide. The Box Set contains four videos, three detailed manuals, two student handout booklets and is priced at $425 ($595 Cdn). I'm curious if anyone has seen this set, as it sets a price point I have not seen others reach. For more information (including reviews and an independent evaluation survey) visit

Current Issues

Whether and how mediation should be evaluated and regulated is a growing issue.  New England SPIDR is addressing that topic in their conference in November.

In addition, the duty, if any, that trainers owe their students continues to be a topic of discussion and debate.  A parallel topic is whether dispute resolution training should be aimed at starving students who got their bachelor's degrees without any commercial skills or whether programs should be marketed to corporate america (with its large training and continuing education budges).  

Finally, the "proper" home for mediation and dispute resolution training is still be debated.  Does it belong in sociology or anthropology departments?  Should it be part of a psychology graduate school or does the business school have a valid claim to it as part of the MOB, MOD program.  There is a lot of serious discussion going on as to who should own the growing number of graduate dispute resolution programs.

Submissions to

As always, I am interested in any submissions or articles anyone would like to have posted on the web -- and I am glad to be able to point them out in this newsletter.  I prefer to post material as you have written it, with no editorial changes by myself.

With my best regards, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Stephen Marsh
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