MII Annual Conference 2019

The MII Annual Conference 2019  "The Professional Mediator: Developing your practice and continuing professional acumen" will take place in the Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St. Kilkenny on Friday 11th October and Saturday 12th October.

Early Bird booking is now open  Book Here for first 100 places or until 30th September.

  • Members Early Bird rate: €155
  • Non-Members Early Bird rate: €195
  • Concession €120

Room bookings are currently available in the Ormonde Hotel by calling reservations on T: +353 56 7750200 or email reservations@kilkennyormonde.com


  • €115 per single room Bed & Breakfast – Friday 11th October
  • €125 per twin / double room Bed & Breakfast – Friday 11th October

This schedule will be updated as additional details become available.

MII Annual Conference 2019

The Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny

11th and 12th October 2019


Friday 11th October


Registration / Tea/Coffee


MII Annual General Meeting


Welcome address - Olive Braiden
President’s Address – Margaret Considine - 
Mission, Vision, Strategic Focus 


Constance Cassidy:  How to grow a specialist practice

Constance Cassidy will speak to her personal journey of building a niche professional practice, of feeding the hunger to follow her passion and grow a sustainable practice – in addition to how to harness the resilience to not run when the road to success got tough.



Tea/Coffee break


Maria Arpa: Selling Mediation

When someone asks you to think ‘outside of the box’, surely we need a new box? If we are to make a living at mediating then we need to think more broadly about the service we are providing and match that to the people who are buying.

Internationally renowned expert Maria Arpa brings her unique skills in peaceful solutions and a corporate history in running a marketing and advertising consultancy to challenge us as mediators to think more broadly and design our mediation service proposition that is attractive and relevant to an evolving marketplace.  Having commanded single appearance fees of 25k Maria is well worth listening to if you want to think of your value proposition, engage your buying audience and providing a service you are proud of - your mediation practice.


Lunch break


Karen Erwin - How to write a great Mediation Agreement

More than ever being equipped with agreement writing skills is imperative, Karen Erwin, past president of The MII and highly experienced mediator takes us through the art and mastery of good agreement writing.

During this session you will learn practical tips and guidelines on how to draft a detailed Mediation Settlement to deal with the issues agreed by the Parties: what clauses to put into the agreement to comply with the Mediation Act 2017; what clauses to insert into the agreement to protect the mediation process and the Mediator; what some of the pitfalls are and how to avoid them.


Workshops – 1st session

Building your mediation practice by Building your Brand - presented by Tracy O'Brien



Deepening the Dialogue: An introduction to The Dialogue Road Map (DRM) - presented by Maria Arpa


The 7 Hats of Neutrality - presented by Tony Kearney


Mandatory vs Voluntary Mediation - presented by Kevin Browne 
Is Mandatory Mediation possible without abandoning the basic principles and tenets of the profession - A look at global changes to our profession.


Tea/Coffee break


Listening session.  The Professional Mediator

Conference is our annual congress where we get together to share our practice as mediators, open our minds to new ideas and tools and to connect with peers and friends.  We started this in 2018, and the outputs are now the MII’s 12 strategic priorities for 2019-2022. We continue our listening session this year by asking you as our members to address two of the fundamental questions facing our profession.

How can we better promote mediation in Ireland?

Should the MII be actively securing work for mediators in Ireland and if so how?


Kevin Browne: Planning the Dublin 2020 International Summit: Bringing the world to Ireland 

All day

Running all day long in parallel to the conference agenda will be three mediation hubs – family, research and business, This is a relaxed forum for all conference attendees to  pop in, sit and have a chat, make an appointment and discuss topics of interest in these areas, such as voice of the child in mediation, insights from latest research, how to write a book, get supports for your business, websites, grants etc.


Pre dinner drinks reception



20.15 – 20.35 Pre dinner speaker to be announced

Music and dancing.

Saturday 12th October





Plenary session: Further details to be announced


Tea/Coffee break


Workshops – 2nd session

Nonverbal communication in Mediation - presented by Roger McGrath


The Family Mediation Service unplugged: a look under the bonnet at its Skills, Techniques and Process, with some of Europe's most experienced Family Mediators' presentation - presented by Fiona McAuslan


Peer Mediation: Education and the provision of ADR skills to the next generation presented by Alec Coakley


Do you have a Mentor in your life? - presented by Claire Kearney


MII Sector updates and President’s closing address





Keynote speaker for 2019 is Maria Arpa, Founder and Chief Executive of the Centre for Peaceful Solutions 

In 2006, Maria founded the Centre for Peaceful Solutions in response to an increase in drive by shootings on her road. By 2010 the charity had developed a model of conflict resolution for violent crime using her brainchild, the Dialogue Road Map (DRM). The work has taken her into some of the most socially deprived areas of London and New York where she has mediated everything from hostile parents and teenagers, pupils excluded from school and separated parents at loggerheads to neighbours at war, street gang rivalries, threats to life and business deals gone wrong.

Maria believes that the best way forward is to share the skills and empower people to resolve conflict without reliance on experts. So she trains violent criminals to be mediators in prisons, challenging teenagers to be peer mediators and troubled neighbours to be tenant listeners.

The DRM empowers participants to be heard in ways which are more likely to be valued. The DRM has applications in families, schools, healthcare, prisons, workplaces, neighbourhoods and organisations. It is used for resolving conflict, repairing harm, decision making and healing at an individual and group level. It challenges people to live in harmony with their values.

Maria has authored two books, The Heart of Mindful Relationships and Mindfulness at Work.



Further details will be posted soon.

Call for applications to present a Professional Practice focused Workshop, Training Session or Research at the MII Annual Conference 2019

The MII invites proposals to present workshops, training sessions or research at our Annual Conference on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October 2019 at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny. 
The key objectives of the annual conference are to offer mediators high quality continuing professional development, provide access to evolving and cutting edge theory and practice so as to maintain and increase the quality and professionalism of mediation.
Our theme this year is: The Professional Mediator: Developing Your Practice And Continuing Professional Acumen. 

Closing date is Friday June 21st.
Details and application form


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