September 10, 2011

ACR 2011 Annual Conference

Join NAFCM and community mediation colleagues from across the globe at the Association for Conflict Resolution's 2011 Annual Conference in San Diego, during October 12-15. Now celebrating its 10th successful year, ACR is preparing to host another exceptional conference featuring cutting edge presentations, field-renowned speakers, and ample opportunities to re-connect with colleagues from every geographic and professional corner of our diverse ADR landscape.

Community mediation colleagues, specifically, have a lot to look forward to at ACR this year. First, the organization's Community Section will host a half-day pre-conference session on Wednesday, October 12th, entitled "Surviving and Thriving in these Tough Economic Times" [pg. 19], featuring informative presentations by Karmit BulmanCheryl Cutrona, and Caroline Harmon. The Section will also host a lunch meeting providing its members with an update on the Section's recent activities, including the always helpful collection of Conference Accessibility Resources

During the regular conference, community-focused practitioners will be able to choose from amongst a large number of illuminating and provocative sessions. Community programming that focuses on conflict coaching, large-group facilitations, peer mediation, police/citizen conflicts, and prisoner re-entry; performance-based evaluation; various restorative practices;  and community training models are but a few of the tantalizing topics entreating this year's attendees.

Throughout the conference, NAFCM will be on hand to connect with friends new and old. We invite you to stop by our exhibitor booth where you can catch-up, snag your own "Community Mediator" conference ribbon, and explore all the latest community mediation resources we'll have on hand. Plug into our Facebook and Twitter accounts during the conference to receive real-time updates with fresh resources and pithy quotes from around the conference. Daily community-focused recaps are also on tap for our Blog 'The Community Mediator'. Finally, we invite you to connect with several NAFCM staff and Board members who will be on-site. Take the opportunity to reconnect and share your feedback on how we can continually grow as your professional resource.

With so much in store for community mediation program administrators and volunteers, we hope to see many of you in San Diego this October! And following the conference, be sure to register for our free Conference Recap Teleseminar scheduled for November 29th and featuring all the best of take-aways for community mediation practitioners.

In community,
Executive Director, NAFCM

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