Claudia Bernard: The Mediator's Values

May 4-5, 2012
19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

2.4 The Mediator’s Values: How Knowing What Is Most Important in Your Life Can Make You a Better Mediator

Claudia Bernard, Chief Circuit Mediator, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco, CA

Friday, May 4, 2012 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Research has shown that being connected to what matters to us most increases our ability to remain calm in the face of stressful situations. The research indicates that reflecting on one’s personal values buffers the body’s biological responses to stress. The implications of this research for mediators are vast, both in terms of managing our own stress and assisting disputants in managing theirs. In this highly interactive session participants will identify their own personal values, reflect on how these values manifest in their mediation work, and discuss how incorporating subtle values clarification work might benefit the mediation process.

Claudia Bernard is the Chief Circuit Mediator for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment as Chief Circuit Mediator in 2007, she served as a Ninth Circuit Mediator for eighteen years. She has mediated well over two thousand cases. She has taught mediation nationally and internationally and has trained mediators for state and federal courts throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries. Ms. Bernard co-teaches an annual, week-long symposium for foreign judges on designing and implementing court ADR programs. She is the 2011 recipient of the San Francisco Mediation Society’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Mediation. She considers herself a life-long student of human behavior.

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