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Conflict Resolution Day in Wyoming 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Join us for a several events during the week of October 13-17 as we celebrate Conflict Resolution Day 2014 in Wyoming. Conflict Resolution Day is held on the third Thursday of October and was started by the Association of Conflict Resolution to help promote awareness of mediation, arbitration and other creative means of resolving conflicts. In Wyoming, we try to recognize the various ways that mediation, facilitation and other ADR processes are being used in our state.

Here are the activities that we are sponsoring for Conflict Resolution Week:

October 14: Webinar: Introduction to Mediation (10:30 a.m.)

Interested in learning more about the process or wanting a brush-up on the steps in a mediation session? Join us as we break down the components of a mediation session and talk about pre- and post-meeting activities. We’ll compare different approaches to story-telling and issue generation and discuss how different programs handle case intake. Speaker: Lucy Pauley

October 14: Brown Bag Lunch for Mediators – Cheyenne (12:00 p.m.) Bring a sandwich and join Lucy to talk about mediation activities in southeast Wyoming.

October 15: Webinar: Reaching Solutions Through Facilitation & Public Participation 10:30 a.m.) Facilitation helps us get results with groups through generating ideas, prioritizing options and making decisions. Facilitators often work with existing groups or teams, but sometimes are asked to facilitate a public meeting where attendees are unknown, and the topic might be emotionally charged. This session will provide an overview of the important distinctions between facilitation and public participation, and offer a brief overview of the skills for both arenas. Speaker: Tara Kuipers

October 15: Webinar: Participating in Facilitation – Being a Good Team Player (1:30 p.m.)  If you thought the facilitator was the only one who needed to prepare for a facilitated session … think again! Being a productive participant in facilitation requires thoughtful preparation, excellent communication skills, and adherence to a process. This session will help facilitation participants understand how to contribute most effectively in a facilitated session. We will also discuss several important ways that facilitators can prepare participants to be successful in a facilitated session. Speaker: Tara Kuipers

October 15: Brown Bag Lunch for Mediators – Rock Springs (12:00 p.m.) Join Kimberly Chapman for a discussion of mediation and facilitation opportunities in southwest Wyoming and other ideas about alternative dispute resolution

October 16:Webinar: Mediation & Energy Development in Wyoming (11:30 a.m.)

Mediation is listed as a component of the Governor’s Energy Policy and is mentioned in state statutes such as the Surface Owner’s Accommodation Act and eminent domain legislation. We’ll review the concept of the split estate that leads to conflicts between oil and gas developers and private landowners and discuss the unique challenges you might encounter when mediating energy conflicts. Speaker: Lucy Pauley

For more information, or to sign up for a session, contact Lucy Pauley at (307) 777-8788 or

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