Austin Mediators Association Meetings and Events

One (1.0) hours of CE credit is available to attendees for most AMA meetings.

AMA meetings usually begin with 30 minutes of networking followed by a one-hour presentation. 
AMA events (including a light lunch) are free to AMA-members, and $15 for non-members. Read HERE how you can become a member.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

    • Friday, February 17, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual
    • 75

    Back to the Basics: Lessons from Mediation Training

    Join AMA for our Bi-monthly member meeting as we welcome

    Diane Harvey, TMCA Credentialed Advanced Mediator and Clinical Social Worker.

    What do you remember from your original mediation training? What do you think was the most important lesson? What's not so important?

    Like many other parts of our lives, pandemic has brought many changes to how we teach and learn, yet the basics in mediation remain constant. In fact, it can be argued that these first lessons are the most important thing you can bring to a mediation. In this interactive session, we'll be talking about the basics that are most important to us, the importance of our own differences in field, and what things that we've learned since our basic training. Diane Harvey will share her lessons from 20+ years of training and coaching. Whether new to the field or seasoned, bring your own experiences as we learn from each other!

    Location Virtual ZOOM

    Date Friday, February 17, 2023

    Time 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.

    1 hour of mediator continuing education for attendees.

    Registration is free for AMA Members/$15 for non-members. 

    Registration is limited to 100 total participants. Become a member now or renew an expired membership for as little as $35!

    About the Speaker

    Diane is a TMCA Credentialed Advanced Mediator and a Clinical Social Worker who incorporates mediation into her private therapy practice. Trained in mediation in 1999, she began coaching in mediation trainings at the DRC in the early 2000’s and has been teaching both the basic and advanced family mediation classes since 2019.

    Diane is active in the Texas mediation community, continuing to mediate both privately and at the Austin DRC. Her board activity in the groups she belongs to has been extensive, having served as President of Austin Mediators Association, TAM representative to the Texas Mediators Credentialing Association, and President of the Texas Association of Mediators. She is a co-founder of the Center for Integrated Divorce.

    Holding an MSW from Fordham University, Diane had a decade-long career with New York State in the mental health system, concurrent with years of union leadership positions on local, regional and statewide levels. She moved to Austin in 1993 and headed the social services department at a private psychiatric hospital until leaving to focus on private practice in 1995.

    Diane was honored by the National Association of Social Workers Texas Capital Branch as 2014 Social Worker of the Year.

Past Events

Friday, December 16, 2022 In-Person -- Let's Get Ethical: A Mediators' Roundtable
Friday, November 04, 2022 Building a Successful Mediation Practice
Friday, August 26, 2022 Financial Solutions and Resources for Mediation
Thursday, June 30, 2022 Mediating with a Visible Disability.
Friday, April 22, 2022 Employment and Housing Mediation- Navigating the New Landscape Post March 2020
Friday, March 25, 2022 AMA In-Person Social at Home Slice
Friday, February 18, 2022 Venus V. Piñeyro: Unconscious Bias and How It Can Affect Mediation
Friday, December 10, 2021 Let’s Get Ethical: A Mediator’s Roundtable
Friday, October 29, 2021 The 1964 Civil Rights Act and Community Mediation: Now and Then
Friday, August 27, 2021 ZOOM Mediations: Lessons Learned
Friday, July 09, 2021 #Networked
Friday, May 21, 2021 Virtual Happy Hour May Social
Friday, April 30, 2021 Drafting the MSA, Including Case Law Update and Pandemic Consideration
Friday, February 26, 2021 How to Create Your Dream Mediation Practice
Friday, December 11, 2020 Cognitive Biases and Mediation
Friday, October 16, 2020 Domestic Violence and Mediation
Friday, August 14, 2020 A Conversation About Race by Mediators for Mediators
Friday, June 26, 2020 The Aga Khan Conciliation & Arbitration Boards: Conflict Management in a Global Community Setting
Friday, April 24, 2020 "Productive Conflict in a Virtual World"
Friday, March 27, 2020 CANCELED: March Social
Friday, February 28, 2020 Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D. on "Tele-mediation: The New Frontier"
Friday, January 24, 2020 January Social
Friday, December 13, 2019 "Mediation Is Kinda Ethical"
Friday, November 22, 2019 November Social
Friday, October 18, 2019 When to Ask the Extra Question: Discretion and Traffic Enforcement
Friday, September 20, 2019 September Social
Friday, August 16, 2019 Regaining Respectful Political Dialogue: Better Angels in Austin, TX
Friday, June 28, 2019 Marcy Goodfleisch: Ethics in Humor
Friday, June 14, 2019 June Social
Friday, April 26, 2019 Lesley & Rick Bradstreet: "Three Conflict Resolution Styles...Why Can’t We All Just Get Along"
Friday, February 15, 2019 Walter Wright "Can Non-Attorneys Draft Mediated Settlement Agreements?"
Friday, December 14, 2018 Jonathan Crowe "The Role of Party Self-Determination in Mediation Ethics"
Friday, October 19, 2018 Gaylen Paulson "The Art and Science of Effective Negotiations”
Friday, August 17, 2018 AAM Meeting: Restoring Civil Discourse in an Overheated Society
Friday, June 15, 2018 Mark W. Sims "Child Protective Services Mediations"
Friday, April 20, 2018 Collaborative Divorce and the Mediator’s Role
Friday, March 02, 2018 Dealing with Trust Issues in Mediations
Friday, December 08, 2017 Legislative Update and Annual Ethics Program
Friday, October 20, 2017 Co-Mediation: Applicability and Practical Considerations
Friday, August 18, 2017 Handling Strong Emotions in Mediation, in Yourself and Others
Friday, June 23, 2017 Why Mediations Fail
Friday, April 21, 2017 Helping Parents Reach Mediated Agreements That Work
Friday, February 17, 2017 Legal Services for Pro Se Litigants
Friday, December 09, 2016 Contemporary Ethical Challenges for Texas Mediators
Friday, October 07, 2016 Navigating Through High Heat Mediations
Friday, August 12, 2016 Strategies Unlimited: How understanding universal, human needs helps resolve conflict
Friday, June 24, 2016 Family Dynamics and Communication Styles
Friday, April 08, 2016 A Discussion on Key Mediation Topics
Friday, February 19, 2016 The Role of Certified Divorce Financial Analysts in Mediation
Friday, December 11, 2015 Mediation Ethics Roundtable
Friday, October 23, 2015 Legislative Update
Friday, August 07, 2015 Flexing Your Mediation Style to Achieve Better Results
Friday, June 12, 2015 Framing: How to Guide Without Leading
Friday, April 10, 2015 AAM Meeting - Landlord-Tenant Mediations
Friday, February 06, 2015 Gardner-Betts Juvenile Court Mediations

Events Prior to 2015

Here are some of the diverse topics presented by many outstanding practitioners in the conflict resolution field.

Stacie McGee, Ethics in Film

Mark Sims, Stories and Examples in Family Law Mediation

Ted Daniels, Diane Harvey and Karen Smithson, Panelists - Getting Started in Mediation

David Huang, Walter Krudop and John Morgan, Panelists - Mediation and Workplace Safety Precaution

Walter Wright , Ethics in Caucus

David Huang, Difficult Mediations

Luemara Wagner, Multicultural Issues in Mediation

Karl Spock, ADR Legislative Update 2013

Kevin Leahy, This is Your Brain on Ethics,

Mary Thompson, - The Role of Apology in Mediation

Julia Benkoski - Mediating Estate-Probate Disputes...Or Are We Herding Cats? -

Jan Berger - Ethical Dilemnas

Better Business Bureau - Alternative Dispute Resolution program

Kathy Lenox - Putting the 'Me' in Mediation: Finding your Niche

Larry Schooler - How Mediators Prepare for Mediation

Walt Krudop - Interactive Ethics

Karl Slaikeu, PhD - - Conflict Resolution Experiences in Afghanistan

Mary Thompson, - Facilitation

Mary Steinhardt, PhD, UT professor and Faculty Ombuds presented on Ombudsmen. For more information on Mary Steinhardt visit:

Susan Schultz - ADR legislation update
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Kate Stewart, PhD presented Goals and Stories: A New Model for Mediators
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Rick Bradstreet, PhD, presented on The Drama Triangle. Phone: 512-338-9907, E-Mail:

Real Estate/Foreclosure Mediation by Jeff Jury. Jeff is a DRC mediator and has served as DRC Board President. He is an Austin lawyer with a large mediation practice and a noted author and speaker in the field. Jeff Jury - Web site: – Arbitration

Walter Wright, Unauthorized Practice of Law/Insurance

Suzanne Schwartz, Challenging Attorney Behavior in Mediation

Angela Jamison, DRC mediator, and Bruce Kravitz, Community Education Director of the AGE program (Austin Groups for the Elderly) presented on Elder Mediation. Click here to view presentation.

Charlie Cannon, Web site: - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the ESGR Ombudsman Program

Claude Ducloux - Tips and Tricks for Mediators

Katie Bond - Adult Victim-Offender Mediations

Mike Schless, Jan Berger, Walt Krudop - Ethics discussion panel

David Garza - Transformative Mediation

Susan Schultz - ADR legislation update

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