Annual Conference 2017 Itinerary

MII Annual Conference

(this draft schedule is subject to change and more details will be added as they become available)

Friday 13th  October 2017

9.00 – 9.30

Registration & Tea/Coffee

9.30 – 10.15


10.15 – 10.30     

Opening Address by Sabine Walsh, President of the MII

10.30 -10.55

The MII – The first 25 years 1992-2017

10.55 – 11.15

Tea/Coffee break


Workshop Session 1

1.      Confidentiality and Mediator Reporting Obligations under the Mediation Bill 2017- A Comparative Perspective. Presented by Aonghus Cheevers     

2.      Are you ready to Listen?  A new look at an old communication skill. Presented by Sean Cunningham  

3.      Managerial Mediation: A Practical Management Tool for Early Intervention in Workplace Disputes. Presented by Mary Lou O'Kennedy   and Austin Kenny

12.45 - 14.15    


14.15 -15.45

Keynote address from Bernie Mayer

Conflict Engagement in a Polarized World

In our day-to-day professional lives, we are focused on how to help disputants find a constructive path through conflict.  But we are also part of a broader effort to change how we talk about the most difficult issues that divide our communities and our world. Bernie draws on his decades of work as a mediator and a lifelong commitment to social change to consider what we bring to the table at a time of deep division and polarization.  Bernie will discuss his experiences with the despair many in the US feel and reflect on what people need to talk across differences and how we can help them do this. 

15.45 - 16.00

Tea/Coffee break


Workshops Session 2

1.     Supervision – critical to our mediation future: Evolving an effective framework. Presented by Luke Monahan

2.     Leadership and Mediation. Presented by Enda Young

3.      Conflict Resolution from the Inside Out: An Introduction to the Three Principles Paradigm. Presented by Mary Rafferty

17.30 -18.00

Plenary Session – reports from sectors including Community, Family, Workplace and Agriculture sectors


Pre dinner drinks


Conference Dinner  with pre dinner address from David Donoghue, Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Saturday 14th October 2017

9.45 – 10.00



Workshop session 3

1.     Anniversaries: 25 years of the MII; 20 years of divorce in Ireland – how has it been for the children? Presented by Ann O’Kelly

2.     Online Mediation. The Future. Now. Presented by Stephen Anderson

3.      Key NLP skills to enhance your professional practice. Presented by Brian O’Connell


Tea/Coffee break

11.45 – 12.30

Mediation and Enduring Disputes:  Dealing with Long Term Conflicts in a Short Term Intervention Bernie Mayer

Mediation’s strength is it’s immediacy.  We work with people at a particular moment in time when they need help to address important differences.  We seldom present a long term engagement model and that is one reason disputants may be open to our intervention.  But our short tem model is also a barrier at times because many, maybe most, of the important conflicts people, organizations, communities, and societies face are enduring ones that are not amenable to immediate solutions.  Therefore, we inevitably face a dilemma in rectifying the tension between our model of intervention and the nature of the conflicts our clients face. In this workshop we will consider how we can address the enduring aspect of conflicts even as we focus on the short term needs of our clients.  We will do this by looking at particular moments in actual cases in which we have faced this challenge and the options we have for how to move forward with what is possible in the present while helping prepare people for the ongoing demands of the conflict they face.

12.30 – 13.15

The Implications of the Mediation Bill 2017 for your mediation practice – a practical session with Sabine Walsh and Paul Pierse

13.15 - 13.30   

Closing Address from Sabine Walsh

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