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Gender & Sexuality in Mediation

  • Friday, August 16, 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom
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  • AMA Members attend free and receive a Mediator Continuing Education (CE) Certificate.
  • AMA Member attorneys attend for $5 and receive a Texas Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Certificate.
  • Non-Members attend for $15 and receive a Mediator Continuing Education (CE) Certificate.
  • Non-Member attorneys attend for $20 and receive a Texas Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Certificate.
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Gender & Sexuality in Mediation



Date & Time

Friday, August 16, 2024 @ Noon

She, Her, He, Him, They, Them

Therapist and mediator Matt Smith, LCSW will share insight about the ways a party's gender and sexual orientation may affect a mediation. He will examine the risk of implicit bias on the part of a mediator and consider ethical implications for the practice of mediation.

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What is the difference between sex, gender, and sexual orientation? What is gender identity?

How might a party’s views on gender and sexuality show up in mediation?

Why are people specifying pronouns these days [she/her, he/him, and they/them]? How should I handle this as a mediator?

What assumptions about gender and sexuality am I making that I might not even be aware of?

What are the ethical implications of how I handle gender and sexuality in a mediation, particularly if the parties disagree about these issues?

The content of this session will include 1) common concepts and terms related to gender and sexual orientation with which mediators should be familiar; 2) a review of relevant legal ethics and professional responsibility as per the Ethical Guidelines for Mediators (published by the Supreme Court of Texas) and the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (jointly published by the American Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, and the Association for Conflict Resolution); 3) discussion of common implicit biases and stereotypes related to gender and sexual orientation; and 4) presentation of case studies that raise questions of ethics and implicit bias related to gender and sexual orientation. Matt earned a B.A. in linguistics from Yale University and a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Advanced Mediator in the State of Texas. He has expertise on gender and sexual orientation from both his graduate education and his work with families regarding these topics as both a mediator and a psychotherapist. Matt has taught these topics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served as the Executive Director of Out Youth from 2007-2009 and is currently a Therapist and Family Mediator at Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service. In both settings, he's worked with families in conflict around issues of gender and sexuality.

Attendees questions are welcome and encouraged.

1 hour of mediator continuing education,

including 1 hour of ethics for attendees

1 hour of MCLE, including 1 hour

of ethics pending State Bar of Texas approval

Registration is free for AMA Members/$15 for non-members. Attorneys who wish to receive Texas MCLE credit are asked to pay a $5 fee to offset the cost of MCLE sponsorship.

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