Author Archives: Baltimore Mediation

Recommended Books and Publications

Resources

In the course of her work, Louise uses many references, and is often asked for recommendations for books on specific topics.

These books include books on spiritual and personal peace, the Enneagram, parenting, and more.Here’s a list of some of the books that she recommends, that she actually uses. These books are available through Amazon. If you click through and purchase the book, Louise gets a very small percentage of the purchase price as a referral fee – but there is

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Baltimore Divorce Mediation

Family Disputes - Mediation

MEDIATION WORKS FOR DIVORCING COUPLES OR FAMILIES

People facing the difficult decision to divorce, or the painful experience of having the other spouse choose an unwanted divorce, can realize important benefits from mediation. The mediator facilitates meaningful dialogue and informed decision making about difficult and often complex issues surrounding a decision to divorce. In divorce mediation, couples may address their overall goals and what they believe is appropriate and responsive to their situation, and may then deal with conflicts as well as difficult but necessary decision making involving custody of children, parenting arrangements, child support of both minor and adult children, spousal support, real and personal property distribution, other financial asset division, debt allocation and responsibility, retirement plans, insurance plans and taxes.

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Our Approach to Mediation in Baltimore for Families

Family Disputes

Mediation and Baltimore Mediation’s Transformative Approach

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation in Baltimore is a voluntary and confidential process that uses an impartial third person, the mediator, to facilitate meaningful conversation between two or more people about difficult issues. The goal is to help people constructively engage in conflict and make informed and thoughtful decisions. The mediator does not offer legal, financial or psychological advice, nor does a mediator tell parties what to do. Instead, the mediator invites the parties to speak about

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Retreat Design and Facilitation

Business & Organizational Facilitation

The staff of Baltimore Mediation will work with you to plan retreats and conduct workshops where managers and staff are provided the opportunity to participate in an interactive training experience focusing on areas such as planning and office culture perspectives, conflict styles, awareness of self in conflict, working with differences and still staying connected and productive, fundamentals of how to listen, conflict resolution and transformation theory and skills, practice and daily application.

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Celebrate Conflict Resolution Day

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Mediation Articles

Press and Publications

Below is a listing of our articles – with links to full text – published in various journals through the past 20 years.

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Videos

Resources

Louise Phipps Senft offers a training session at the 2014 Women Presidents Organization conference in New Orleans – a relational approach to conflict for business leaders.

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ADR Program Design Consultation

Workplace & Commercial Disputes

Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) refers to any means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom. ADR typically includes arbitration, mediation, early neutral evaluation, and conciliation. As burgeoning court queues, rising costs of litigation, and time delays continue to plague litigants, more states have begun experimenting with ADR programs. Some of these programs are voluntary; others are mandatory. Baltimore Mediation has assisted in and led the design of ADR programs for courts and agencies statewide and nationally.

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Negotiation and Dialogue Coaching

Workplace & Commercial Disputes

Negotiation consists of our ability to understand other parties’ interests or needs, to be willing to ask questions and clarify issues, and to invite criticism, take risks, and determine standards to measure options. Baltimore Mediation’s mediators will help you reach fair agreements that will hold up over time, and help to preserve current and future family or business relationships.

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Business and Organizational Facilitation – Facilitation Approach

Business & Organizational Facilitation

Baltimore Mediation has extensive experience in mediating multi-party disputes and in facilitating divergent group dialogue. Whether a group of six business partners or a host of thirty managers or a community of one hundred stakeholders, Baltimore Mediation has successfully designed, navigated and transformed difficult or potentially divisive interactions into experiences of clarity and strength for all which has promoted informed decision making, stronger relationships and organizational cohesiveness.

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Board of Directors Facilitation

Business & Organizational Facilitation

Baltimore Mediation has worked with numerous boards as they faced disputes among board members and/or difficult decisions about their organization. Board of Directors Facilitation begins with Baltimore Mediation meeting you and a small group to design your facilitation – taking into account goals, stakeholders, flow, barriers to be addressed and desired outcomes.  The Facilitated Dialogue itself is typically a half or whole day and usually includes a written summary by our firm of the issues raised, barriers addressed and barriers

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Staff Meeting Facilitation

Business & Organizational Facilitation

If your office is looking to grow as a team or work through difficult topics, the expert trainers and facilitators of Baltimore Mediation will work with you to plan your staff meeting and ensure staff are provided the opportunity to participate in an interactive experience. Baltimore Mediation’s approach is to focus on opportunities for quality dialogue and quality decision making. We specialize in helping offices have conversations about topics that are meaningful to their office environment and business goals. We

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Public Policy Conflicts

Workplace & Commercial Disputes - Multiparty Mediation

Mediation is often thought of in terms of the resolution of disputes between two private parties, maybe three. However, a mediator can help in a great many situations involving large numbers of parties, and great issues of public importance, particularly before legal action is taken. The mediation of multi-party, multi-issue disputes at the local level such as battles over the design and location of public facilities, the setting of policy priorities, and the specification of health and safety standards, can

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Civil Ligitation Baltimore

Workplace & Commercial Disputes - Multiparty Mediation

Mediation for disputes involving civil litigation Baltimore is a necessary consideration before traditional court intervention. The direct connection between the parties and proceeding to the problem solving process creates greater efficiency. Solving the problem decreases transaction costs as well as delays in the judicial system, and the public perception of our legal system as well as the mediation participants view of their lawyers are all enhanced when working with a mediator from Baltimore Mediation.

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Public Policy Facilitation

Business & Organizational Facilitation

Whether it is a small group meeting to discuss public policy decisions or a large forum for public discourse, Baltimore Mediation can offer facilitation services to lead productive conversations about difficult topics. The Systems Approach and Transformative Model have been proven to be highly successful in bringing clarity and understanding to these disputes, generating creative solutions and helping to maintain important relationships.

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Community Association Conflicts

Workplace & Commercial Disputes - Multiparty Mediation

Mediation is often thought of in terms of the resolution of disputes between two private parties, maybe three. However, a mediator can help in a great many situations involving large numbers of parties, and great issues of public importance, particularly before legal action is taken. The mediation of multi-party, multi-issue disputes at the local level such as battles over the design and location of public facilities, the setting of policy priorities, and the specification of health and safety standards, can

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Multiple Community Stakeholders Facilitation

Business & Organizational Facilitation

Mediation is often thought of in terms of the resolution of disputes between two private parties, maybe three. However, a mediator can help in a great many situations involving large numbers of parties, and great issues of public importance, particularly before legal action is taken. The mediation of multi-party, multi-issue disputes at the local level such as battles over the design and location of public facilities, the setting of policy priorities, and the specification of health and safety standards, can

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Construction and Community Facilitation

Business & Organizational Facilitation

Construction projects often involve multiple contractors and subcontractors as well as many divergent factors. Baltimore Mediation can help contractors and others in construction by facilitating contract negotiations and mediating disputes. In contract negotiations, we provide a neutral facilitator who assures that all the right questions are asked and answered in a confidential setting, including clear and practical ‘what-if’ payment terms.

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Strategic Visioning, Action Planning and Consensus Building

Business & Organizational Facilitation

Strategic Visioning

It is not unusual for conflict to develop when group members struggle to articulate common ground and a common vision amidst differences and diversity.This lack of clarity almost always derails an organization’s growth, while hindering the ability to adapt to change.

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GSA Approved Contractor

Business & Organizational Facilitation, Trainings & Workshops, Workplace & Commercial Disputes - Mediation, Workplace & Commercial Disputes - Multiparty Mediation

GSA Approved Contractor

Baltimore Mediation is now a GSA approved contractor for the following two schedules:

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