3 CPD Units in Professional Skills
Presenter - Megan Hunter - High Conflict Institute
New Ways for Mediation: A Breakthrough Approach for Mediating High Conflict Disputes
Have your best mediation skills failed with some clients? And then felt that despite your best efforts, some mediations are impossible?
It’s likely that you may have been mediating with one or more parties with a high conflict personality, making it a high conflict dispute. High conflict disputes are different, thus requiring a modified approach. They often involve one or more individuals with a pattern of high conflict behavior, characterized by all-or-nothing thinking, unmanaged emotions, extreme behavior, and preoccupation with blaming others. Megan will present a new approach developed at the High Conflict Institute by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. and found in his new book Mediating High Conflict Disputes (2021), which includes several paradigm shifts from ordinary mediation by not relying on insight, expression of emotions or discussions of the past. The workshop will focus on teaching clients four simple skills to use within a simple structure that keeps them focused on problem-solving solutions and away from venting, re-working the past, extreme demands, rigid positions, and other self-defeating behaviors. The skills for mediators are also simple and less stressful, so that they serve primarily as a guide and source of information throughout the process. Some or all of the tips and tools of this method can be used with any mediation.
After this training, you will:
- have the necessary skills for handling high conflict mediations
- experience increased confidence as you settle into the specific structure of this method
- let go of feeling responsible for the outcome
About the Presenter:
Megan Hunter is an international speaker and author on the topic of high-conflict relationships in legal and business disputes. She is cofounder of the High Conflict Institute along with author and speaker, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. who developed the high-conflict personality theory. Megan developed the concept of the Institute after 13 years in family law as the Family Law Specialist with the Arizona Supreme Court, and Child Support Manager of the Dawes County Attorney’s Office in Nebraska.
Megan has trained legal, mental health, business, leadership groups, universities and other professionals across the United States, Canada and Australia in the area of high-conflict legal and business disputes. She is publisher at HCI Press and founder/CEO of Unhooked Media and Unhooked Books focusing on providing digital and print publications on the topics of high-conflict disputes and complicated relationships.
She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Business and Economics from Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska. She served as President of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, the Arizona Family Support Council and Nebraska Child Support Enforcement Association. More recently, she served 5 years on the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners and is on the Advisory Board of the Personality Disorder Awareness Network. Her first book, Bait & Switch: Saving Your Relationship after Incredible Romance Turns into Exhausting Chaos was published in March 2015.