Joseph P. Folger in the Twin Cities on February 11th & 12th! Co-Author of "The Promise of Mediation" to Speak on "Mediator Makeovers"

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Dr. Joseph P. Folger, co-creator of the transformative model of mediation will appear in the Twin Cities on February 11th and 12th, 2005. Dr. Folger co-founded the most important movement in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution "ADR". The original version of the book he co-authored, The Promise of Mediation, articulated the potential of mediation to create profound peace and growth, beyond mere short-term settlements. That book changed the way mediation is conducted in contexts as wide-ranging as international conflict, workplace disputes, business litigation, and divorce. Anyone interested in helping people in conflict should not miss the chance to hear Folger in person.

Joseph P. Folger will speak at the Hamline University Conference Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on Saturday, February 12, 2005. His 2-hour presentation, from 10AM-noon, will explore the often-ignored connection between mediators' beliefs and their practices. His appearance in the Twin Cities provides a rare opportunity for lawyers, judges, therapists, mediators and students to hear one of the most important thinkers in the field of conflict intervention. His ground-breaking research and theoretical work has helped to create the first clear framework for the practice of mediation, the transformative model.

Dr. Folger is a Professor of Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia. He received a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Wisconsin and served on the faculty of the University of Michigan prior to his appointment at Temple. He is a former chair of the communication department and the former Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the School of Communications and Theater. He conducts research and teaches in the area of conflict management, mediation, group process and decision-making.

Dr. Folger has worked extensively as a third party intervener and mediator in organizational, community and family disputes. He has been the program chair for the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution and has helped to establish several major conflict intervention programs. He is currently a senior consultant with Communication Research Associates where he conducts communication skills training, coaching and conflict intervention.

Dr. Folger has published extensively in the area of communication, conflict and mediation. His recent books include the award-winning volumes Working through Conflict: Strategies for Relationships, Groups and Organizations, 3rd Edition (with S. Poole and R.K. Stutman) and The Promise of Mediation: Responding to Conflict through Empowerment and Recognition (with R.A.B. Bush). He has also published numerous research articles as well as the edited volume, New directions in mediation (with T. S. Jones). Most recently he completed a two-year mediation training development project funded by the Hewlett and Surdna Foundations. He is also co-editor, with R.A.B. Bush of the new publication, Designing Mediation: Approaches to Training and Practice within a Transformative Framework (Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, 2001).

Dan Simon, a local practitioner and teacher of the transformative model of mediation arranged and sponsored Dr. Folger's visit to the Twin Cities.

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