4th Annual Midwest Mediation Conference
September 26-27, 2014 featuring Jennifer Kresge

"BRAINS MATTER: The Science & Art of Using the Brain in Mediation"
picture of Jennifer Kresge

Jennifer Kresge is a mediator and licensed psychology professional in private practice in St. Helena, California. She has been providing mediation services for over twenty eight years and has mediated over three thousand cases. She mediates family, trustee and business disputes, divorce, custody and visitation, personal injury, as well as school and government conflicts. Her mediation and clinical practice also includes participation as a Special Master/Parent Coordinator, consultant, expert witness, and custody evaluator.

With a background in neuroscience, she provides training nationally and internationally. She has provided fundamental and advanced trainings addressing a variety of aspects of mediation and negotiation, and incorporates the application of neuroscience in high conflict, the art of strategic questioning in mediation and negotiation, and conflict in the workplace. She is known for her work with high conflict cases and for her specialized trainings in the application of brain research in a variety of settings, involving conflict, negotiation, communication, alternative dispute resolution and human development. She has provided trainings for the University of Barcelona, in France for the French public school administrative teams, Argentina, Switzerland, Austria, and mediation courses at Pepperdine School of Law, Jones School of Law, the Alabama AOC, Loma Linda University, and various others. She was one of the developers of Adult Resolutions and Mediation Services (ARMS) for the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA). She has been a guest instructor and adjunct professor in both the private and public sector.

As an elected trustee on the Board of the Napa County Office of Education, she is their current Legislative Representative. A Past President of the state of California County Boards of Education (CCBE), Ms. Kresge initiated the development of the Strategic Plan for the California County Boards of Education, and is one of three state county board members who were selected to serve on the legislative policy making committee for the State of California. In addition to having been a member of President Obama's regional transition team for healthcare, she serves on a number of sub-committees involved in social, political and economic leadership, and has assisted in the development of programs which have benefited individuals and organizations. She is a Practitioner/Trainer with Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and a member of their Legislative and Public Policy Committee.

She is a Past President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADRNC), and serves on the Napa Valley Leadership Council. For the past ten years she has been involved in post graduate coursework in neuroscience, is a member of the Learning Omnivores and the Brainy Bunch.

This two-day Conference, sponsored by the Indiana Association of Mediators in conjunction with the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, will be held at the Southport Christian Church on Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th. Registration for attendees will begin at 8:30 a.m. on both days. A detailed Conference Agenda is available for your review.

Topics during the two-day Conference include:

  • The Organization of Your Brain
  • The Development of Memory
  • Perception & Reality: A Case Study – Differences of Attorneys, Mediators, Psychologists, Clients. Assessment & Conversation of Influence
  • Emotions & Survival; Brain Management
  • The Development of Diversity & Ethics
  • Brain Trust, Perceptual Exercises
  • Mindset; Its Influence and Impact: Considerations in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution. The Strategic Use of Ethics
  • The Moral Compass: Beliefs and Emotional Bonds and Their Role in Cultivating Client-Mediator Relationships
  • The Creation of Meaning, Its Role and Influence on Brain Sensitive Capacity
  • Using the Brain in Negotiation
  • Processing Influence
  • Brain Sensitive Strategies: Designing Strategic Interventions in Negotiation with the Brain in Mind
  • Neuroplasticity and the Role of Experience
  • Power Bases and Their Effect on the Client-Mediator/Attorney/Psychologist Relationship
  • Developing Collaborative Capacity, The Brain and The Mind
  • Ethical Use of Neurological Influence in Negotiation, Conflict Conversations
  • Using Neuroscience to Create Sustainable Agreements

Cost for Current IAM & NASW Members (before 8/26/2014):

$299.00    2-day registration

$199.00    1-day registration (either Friday, 9/26 or Saturday, 9/27)

Cost for New IAM Members* (before 8/26/2014):

$399.00    2-day registration

$299.00    1-day registration (either Friday, 9/26 or Saturday, 9/27)

*Registration by persons who are not current IAM members (those members who have paid their dues before August 1, 2014) includes the cost of IAM Membership for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015 - an $80 benefit!)

After August 26th, the price of both one-day and two-day registrations increases by $50.00. Attendance is limited to 90 registrants. Due to space limitations, payment of the registration fee prior to September 19th is required to guarantee your attendance. If payment for your registration has not been received by September 19th, your registration will be cancelled.

For your convenience, the following information is also available:

  • a map to the Southport Christian Church (address is 201 E Epler Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227)
  • a registration form for the Conference (for those who do not wish to register online)
  • a brochure with more Conference information
  • the IAM Conference Policy which includes information on cancellation and refunds
  • online registration at the Conference Website

An application for Social Worker CEH has also been submitted and is pending approval.

The Commission has approved the Conference for 11 hours of CME credit and 11 hours of NLS credit. An application for Social Worker CEH is pending with NASWIN. For those choosing to attend just one day, the Commission has approved both Friday and Saturday for 5.5 hours of CME and 5.5 hours of NLS.

Your registration includes all Conference materials, as well as morning and afternoon snacks and lunches. There will be time for extensive networking and to get answers to your questions, so come prepared. There will be a dinner on Friday night (at your own expense) for those interested in conversation with Jennifer in a more informal, non-conference setting.

There are several nearby hotels that have reasonably priced rooms available.

2014 Officers and Directors

At the Annual Meeting of the Membership, which was held on October 8, 2013, the Association had the pleasure of hearing from Tim Nation, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Peace Learning Center in Indianapolis, who spoke on the topic "Facilitation - Creating New Avenues for Mediation". Following his presentation, the following officers and directors were elected for 2014: Dustin Matern - President; Ann Thrasher - Vice President; Lea Shelemey - Secretary; and Rick Wacker - Treasurer. All of the officers serve as Directors of the Association. Kim Van Valer, as Past President, serves on the Executive Committee and as a director. Other directors elected at the meeting include: Andrea Ciobanu (Indianapolis), Sarah Dicks (Crawfordsville), Paula Dranger (Valparaiso), Mark Fairchild (Avon), Marla Hylton (Carmel), Eileen Maguire (Noblesville), June Shrieves (Greenwood), and Megan Wells (Indianapolis).

Task Force Established to Consider Changes to Indiana's ADR Rules

Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson has appointed an Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, chaired by Judge David Avery to consider and propose changes to the current Indiana Rules of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Subcommittees have also been established to review the ADR Rules in four areas: (1) domestic relations mediation; (2) civil mediation; (3) arbitration; and (4) mini-trials, summary jury trials, and private judges. The IAM is well represented in this process by Past President Kim Van Valer, Vice President Ann Thrasher, and director Andrea Ciobanu.

IAM Continues to Investigate Community Mediation Centers

The Board continues to investigate Community Mediation Centers. If you're interested in getting involved in this project, please contact Mary Hoeller. If enough information becomes available, a separate page will be added to this website in the future.