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2014 Federal ADR Events and Materials

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Date Title of Event
September 19 ADR Lunchtime Series Presentation
The Melodrama of Conflict: From Passive Victim to Active Hero

Conflict stories tend to be melodramatic in their content and structure. In this workshop, we will examine the different characters that populate the melodramatic narrative and the development of the melodramatic plot. We will also consider how the melodramatic narrative distorts and structures people's experience of conflict. Counter-intuitively, we will see how some of the elements of tragedy can better prepare people to manage their conflict more effectively. We will explore practical strategies to move towards a more active, realistic, and constructive approach to manage conflict.

June 24
ADR Settlement Agreements

This program will discuss settlement agreements for contract disputes and protests resolved using alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Topics will include the perspectives of neutrals, judges, government attorneys, and private sector participants regarding:
  • Drafting
  • Organizational approval processes
  • Negotiation strategies
  • Language
  • Non-negotiable items
  • Mandatory clauses and more!
  • May 14
    Your Brain on Conflict

    If you couldn't attend or had problems hearing the presentation, you can now view the video recording of the entire discussion.

    In this workshop we will discuss basic brain structures and functions - how they affect behavior and are affected by behavior. We will also discuss neurotransmitters that are important in both producing and interpreting behavior. This knowledge will form the basis for a discussion of how we can influence behavior during times of conflict. We will take typical situations faced by managers and employees, and apply the knowledge of neuroscience to guide us towards more satisfying and effective interactions.
    April 10
    Workplace Disruptions, Reorganizations, and ‘Change Fatigue’: Can ADR Support Resilience?

    If you couldn't attend or had problems hearing the presentation, you can now view the video recording of the entire discussion.

    Today's government employees often operate in an environment of continuous change such as the sequester, agency re-organizations, furloughs, revision of job duties, and more. The responses to such adverse situations include succumbing, surviving, resilience, and thriving. How can ADR professionals assist employees to move towards resilience or thriving? This workshop will examine perspectives on crisis management, resilience, continuity, dealing with "change fatigue," and learning to "manage the unexpected."
    March 10
    Respectful Confrontation

    If you couldn't attend or had problems hearing the presentation, you can now view the video recording of the entire discussion.

    This workshop will explore how the principles of Respectful Confrontation are necessary for effective leadership in our new work culture. These principles are based on the belief that it is possible to stand in your power, speak your truth, hear the truth of others, and have your needs met in a way that will not cause harm. The use of Respectful Confrontation principles results in a shift in behavior, insight into yourself, and an ease with tackling challenging situations with integrity and understanding.

    What is the Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Working Group?

    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

    Contact


    By Mail:

    Joanna M. Jacobs
    Director and Senior Counsel
    Office of Dispute Resolution
    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 4529
    Washington, DC 20530-0001


    By Email:

    ADRWeb@usdoj.gov