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Advanced Mediation Training: Mediator Ethics and Choices that Impact Neutrality


The MSBA is offering an all virtual, interactive Advanced Mediation Training: Mediator Ethics and Choices that Impact Neutrality on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 8:45 am to 1pm!

This training will meet 3 objectives:

  1. Identifying 3 aspects of neutrality important to consider in the practice of mediation (process, content, and relationship);
  2. Reviewing the importance of self-awareness and awareness of personal values in avoiding bias in the role of mediator; and,
  3. Helping mediators become more cognizant of mediator behaviors that convey a sense of neutrality.

This experiential training will comply with the continuing education requirements for Maryland circuit court mediators. Together, trainers Ellen Kandell and Barbara Williams have over 45 years of legal experience as practicing attorneys, mediators, trainers and professors. 

Seating is limited so register now! 4.0 hours of MCLE including ethics credit will be offered from the surrounding MCLE states.

Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
ADR and Mediation
General Practice
CLE Field of Study
Regulatory Ethics
Barbara Williams Ellen Kandell
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Nov 30, 2021
8:45 am - 1:00 pm EST
Total CLE Credits


Day 1

8:45 am
Introduction, agenda review
9:00 am
What are Ethics? - A Framework

Ethics is defined various ways by many different theorists. We will explore several of these in the mediation field.

       Class discussion and breakout groups

       Write your ethical statement

9:45 am
What does “mediator neutrality” look like?

What is neutrality?

Review video clips of mediation depicted in popular culture

Is the mediator neutral?

What are different types of neutrality?

10:30 am
10:45 am
Awareness of Personal Values and Biases

Review importance of self-awareness in mediation practice

Use of conflict value interactive exercise in mediation scenario

Identify your personal values and how they impact your role as mediator

11:45 am
Re-Viewing External Neutrality: A Matter of Behavior, Appearance, and Perception

View videos of diverse mediators and how they demonstrate external neutrality: class discussion on impact

12:50 pm
1:00 pm


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