"Conflict" can be defined as a struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external/internal demands. This definition allows for there to be resolution of the differences if the parties are willing to communicate. Sometimes a little help is needed from an outside party. That's where I come in. As a trained mediator and arbitrator, I provide a neutral, unbiased conduit between the parties, removed from the situation. Typical scenarios that are usually successful with mediation or arbitration:
Performance issues with employees;
Employee dissatisfaction over new policies/procedures;
Employee conflicts or demands with management regarding religious beliefs and their expression of them in the workplace;
Neighbor issues regarding quiet enjoyment or land use;
Restorative justice dialogues between offenders and the victims;
Individuals or groups that hold opposing spiritual/religious beliefs or practices; and
Non-profits or other organizations experiencing growth or change.
My Qualifications I hold a certificate from Hamline University School of Law's Dispute Resolution Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. Upon completion, I was listed as a Qualified Neutral Under Chapter 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice in both the family and civil categories. I have also been trained as an arbitrator.
My internship was completed through Twin Cities Mediation, where I studied the facilitative model of mediation. This model focuses on working with the parties in the same room simultaneously, to reach their own mutual solutions. The result is often a resolution with which both parties are more happy, and the recidivism rate is much lower.
I can act as a mediator to facilitate all of the above types of conflicts. I can also act as an arbitrator, where both parties agree to present their sides to me and accept my decision when reached.
**Decisions reached in mediation or arbitration may be legally binding if the parties place their agreements in writing and both parties sign the document. When considering the binding effect of any agreement, seek legal counsel from a professional lawyer licensed to practice law in your area.