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SA Mediation L.L.C.
P.O. Box 311
Lewes, DE 19958
Fax: (302) 269-1005
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. I taught strategic thinking on the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now the Eisenhower Institute of the National Defense University) and was co-founder of a 4-year college. Using my background in group dynamics, organizational development and alternative dispute resolution, I began mediating in 2012, was professionally certified at the beginning of 2017, and in 2019, was certified for mediating in the Delaware Superior Court. I am currently working on coaching certification.
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 cases. Also experienced in workplace, domestic and family situations, including elder mediation. Workplace dispute resolution includes EEO and labor-management negotiation, in government, educational, and nonprofit settings, and 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)|
|June 2018||Alternatives to Violence Project||Basic Workshop for Training in Non-Violence (18-22 Hrs)|
|September 2018||Alternatives to Violence Project||Advanced Workshop for Training in Non-Violence (18-22 Hrs)|
|April 2019||Delaware State Bar Association||Delaware Superior Court Mediation (20 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.
Fees are negotiable by need and complexity of case. The basic hourly rate is $150-250 plus expenses (for location or travel, and preparation, as necessary). Fees are generally split between parties.
Married for over 25 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 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 support initiatives for protection of citizen, civil, and human rights; for building bridges among culturally-diverse communities; and, for developing nonviolent culture in and out of prisons.
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