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Free Webinar for Mediators and Others: What is “Conflict Coaching” and How Does it Work?

(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – May 23, 2011) The Maryland Judiciary is providing a chance to learn about conflict coaching, a new trend in professional mediation that merges coaching and conflict management. Conflict coaches use a one-on-one process to help people take part in and work through interpersonal disputes peacefully, while helping to prevent conflict from escalating.

The Judiciary’s Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) will offer a free webinar about “Single Party Conflict Management (Conflict Coaching)” on Thursday, June 9, from noon to 1 p.m. In this introduction to conflict coaching, participants will learn about the “core competencies” of coaching as well as the similarities and differences between mediation and conflict coaching. There will also be a demonstration of conflict coaching techniques and a question-and-answer segment.

The presenters are Merle Rockwell and Ed Modell. Rockwell was the founding executive director of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County. She has been a professional mediator for more than 15 years and a personal and professional development coach credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for the past five years. As the ombudsman for the Maryland Judiciary, Modell provides coaching, mediation, facilitation and conflict management training services to Judiciary employees, as well as information and referral services to the public. He has been a professional mediator for 15 years and an ICF-credentialed coach for the past eight years. Modell is also the 2011 president of ICF, the largest association of executive and life coaches with more 18,000 members in 106 countries.

This free lunchtime webinar is designed for people who work with mediation or alternative dispute resolution, and also for people who want to learn more about peacemaking. Members of the public are invited to join the conversation.

The webinar is free, but registration is required and space is limited. For more information about how to join the webinar, go to MACRO’s website,