March 24, 2015
Positivity in Workplace Conflict Management

This session explores the role of positive psychology – the scientific study of happiness and well-being – in the management of workplace conflict. We will discuss positive coaching, positive trainings, and positive facilitations. The goal of the session is to share insight on current studies and trends, available resources, and possible next steps in integrating positivity into our practices. We will consider whether and when to draw on the principles of positive psychology as a valuable and integral part of ADR work.

Speakers: Vik Kapoor
ADR Attorney Advisor, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Executive Council Member, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

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Newsletter of the Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group

Symposium on Federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs: Successes and Challenges

On March 19, 2012, the Department of Justice hosted a Symposium on ADR, co-sponsored by the Interagency ADR Working Group (IADRWG) and the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) with Chairman Paul Verkuil moderating the discussion. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., the head of the ADR Working Group, described the Department's long standing commitment to ADR use and cited many of the impressive results of the use of mediation in resolving disputes with citizens and across the federal government. Other panelists showcased new and innovative programs involving workplace disputes, enforcement of regulations, contracts disputes with the government and other new and emerging areas.

Symposium Documents

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We are the central forum and resource for information about the federal government's use of ADR. We advance the use of ADR through:

  • Coordination of multi-agency initiatives
  • Promotion of best practices and programs
  • Dissemination of policy and guidance

Federal ADR Programs and Contacts


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Joanna M. Jacobs
Director and Senior Counsel
Office of Dispute Resolution
U.S. Department of Justice
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Washington, DC 20530-0001

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