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P.O. Box 311
Lewes, DE 19958
Description of Practice
I employ Adaptive Insight Mediation, in solo or co-mediation, applied to conflict and dispute situations for productive and transformative outcomes, learning, and creative engagement of individuals, institutions, and organizations.
Having worked in the private, public, and education sectors, I have held a wide range of jobs – from draftsman and wireman, union steward and poet, to teacher, policy and program strategist and analyst, systems designer, and senior manager. I left the U.S. Government after 37 years, with two decades experience in technology transfer for sustainable development, trade, and research in energy, climate, and environment – supporting activities throughout the world under the aegis of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. And using my solid background in group dynamics, organizational development and alternative dispute resolution, I began mediating in 2012, and was professionally certified at the beginning of 2017.
Working with the Center for Community Justice at People’s Place in Delaware since 2012, I have done well over 100 mediations and several hundred hours in victim-offender and community mediation work, to help resolve a variety of court-referred, as well as domestic and family disputes. Likewise, I have extensive experience in workplace dispute resolution, including EEO and labor-management negotiation, in government, educational, and nonprofit settings, as well as with private businesses and parties.
BA, Antioch College; EdM, Harvard University; MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and doctoral studies in management, University of Maryland University College.
|February 2012||Louise Phipps Senft||Mediation and Conflict Transformation Skills Workshop Focusing on Legal and Ethical Issues from the Transformative Approach (40 Hrs)|
|March 2012||Louise Phipps Senft||Mediation and Conflict Transformation Skills Training Focusing on Workplace Issues from the Transformative Approach (20 Hrs)|
|October 2012||Debbie Zistl||Center for Community Justice 28 Hour Basic Mediation Training|
|May & June 2013||Carl Schneider||Child Access Mediation and Basic Divorce Mediation Workshops (20 & 40 Hrs)|
Adaptive Insight Mediation strategy recognizes an Ecological Mediation Paradigm, within which learning occurs for both the parties and the mediators. Employing elements of Interest-Based, Transformative, Narrative and other methodologies, the learning-centered Insight Mediation approach has been integrated within the ecological and complex adaptive systems paradigms. Consequently, it can effectively address both the difficult challenges associated with high-conflict issues and personalities and the creative opportunities for using conflict as a source of innovation.
My fees are negotiable by type of mediation, parties, location, and logistics. The basic hourly rate is $150 - $250 for a single mediator, divided among the parties, plus administrative and travel expenses. A sliding scale discount is applied in family mediations.
Married for almost 24 years, I have also been through divorce in a prior marriage of 14 years. My current wife and I blended our families and raised 5 children, including a grandchild from birth, whom we adopted. We have previously lived in a multi-generational household, and provided care during my mother’s final years with Alzheimer’s. We have also raised a child with Asperger’s Syndrome. In other activities, I work on behalf of community engagement to improve local governance, planning, and resiliency in promoting sustainability for land use, climate action, energy and water. I also support initiatives for protection of citizen, civil, and human rights; and, for building bridges among culturally-diverse communities.
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