ADRIC 2022 Session Description;
Intro to Improv for Mediators – Comfort in Uncertainty, Joy in Collaboration
Gatineau, Quebec • October 21, 2022 – 11:10 am
SPEAKERS: Zoë Barrett-Wood and Richard Moore
In truly successful conflict management, we aim to solve problems without any preconceptions of what should happen. It’s an improvised process. But improvising isn’t always easy. We may get caught up in our own thoughts, try to create solutions too quickly, or feel lost when things don’t go as we’d expected. Zoë Barrett-Wood and Richard Moore are passionate about helping mediators build their comfort in uncertainty and their skills in improvisation, to enable better outcomes for all.
This workshop session will:
- Provide insights into the remarkable overlap between the principles of improv and the principles of mediation.
- Provide participants with the chance to get up on their feet and try improv!
- Start with a series of fun and easy improv exercises to help participants build their improv skills.
- Follow up with guided reflections to help participants make connections to their own work and solidify their learnings
The improv exercises will help participants:
- Sharpen active listening skills
- Maintain calm and confidence in the face of uncertainty
- Enhance adaptability and spontaneity
The exercises come from Zoë’s 10 years of experience performing and teaching improv, including two recent and highly successful Improv for Mediators workshops. The overall philosophies guiding the development and delivery of the session come from Richard Moore’s 30+ years practicing and teaching mediation.
Richard Moore is the founder of MDR Associates Conflict Resolution Inc. with over thirty years’ experience in dispute resolution and conflict management. He delivers mediation, investigation, conflict coaching and conflict management system design services to a broad clientele. His practical approach to conflict management is based partly upon his experiences from conducting a successful private law practice for over twenty-five years.
He has conducted many mediations in complex multi-party situations, and in varied contexts including public and private workplaces, internal and external police matters, hospitals and health care, human rights, Indigenous people’s issues, and litigation-based disputes.
He helped introduce mediation programs into the Supreme Courts of Guyana and the Philippines, is a founding of the YMCA Community Mediation Program (now Community Mediation Ottawa) and has provided expert advice to many public and private sector conflict management programs.
Richard is a founding member of the Canadian Collaborative for Engagement & Conflict Management (CECM), an organization created to deepen the quality of practical conflict skills training, and to widen the reach of more responsive ways to resolve conflict and build peace.
He is recognized as a mentor in alternative dispute resolution and has taught negotiation, mediation, and arbitration skills to a wide audience including judges, lawyers, physicians, police officers, social workers, union representatives, HR and LR professionals, and civil society leaders. His intensive mediation training workshops are highly regarded and accepted towards professional designations. He has recently published a book to assist police officers and leaders improve relationship, trust building and de-escalation skills.
Richard holds a BA from Carleton University and a law degree from Queen’s University. He has been granted Chartered Mediator, Family Mediator, Med-Arbitrator and Arbitrator designations from the ADR Institute of Canada. He has held significant volunteer governance positions in the legal, alternative dispute resolution and not-for-profit sectors including with The County of Carleton Law Association, the ADR Institute of Ontario, the Ottawa YMCA-YWCA, and YMCA Canada.