From Joanne Stepaniak -
I am pleased to announce the availability of mediation
services and dispute
resolution training to the animal rights, vegan, vegetarian,
environmental, and nonprofit communities. Despite our best intentions
and efforts to steer clear of conflict, it frequently is unavoidable.
Discord within or among organizations diverts attention from important
work and consumes valuable time, energy, and funds.
As much as we might like to settle our own disputes,
most of us have neither the skills nor the objectivity to do so
adequately and effectively. Often, a qualified professional can assist
parties with resolving issues more quickly and agreeably, with results
that are productive and long-lasting.
When conflicts do arise, mediation services are a wise
option. A seasoned mediator is a trained professional who acts as a
neutral third party and guides individuals or groups in fashioning a
mutually agreeable and satisfactory resolution. Because mediators are
not directly involved in disagreements, they do not take sides, make
judgments, or dictate solutions.
Dispute resolution training is an excellent opportunity
for managers and staff to gain insight into the origins of conflict and
learn how to prevent it and deal with it constructively when it occurs.
As we gain a clearer understanding of the roots of anger and its
triggers, we can learn how to manage them appropriately and prevent them
from interfering with our relationships and work.
I have worked extensively in the fields of conflict
resolution, mediation, and restorative justice for several years and am
now offering my services to the movements most dear to me. I have
witnessed the ravages of anger and disputes within our own ranks, and I
have observed the damage they cause to individuals, organizations, and
shared interests. It is unfortunate that these often preventable clashes
have hindered our productivity, eaten away our time and resources, and
tarnished public perception of our causes.
Our movement is one of compassion, so it is particularly
critical that we learn to deal with conflict and anger effectively.
Don't let another day pass without addressing this vital issue. Please
contact me directly with any questions or to arrange a preliminary
consultation. Together we can advance justice and unity.
Joanne Stepaniak, MSEd
P.O. Box 82663
Swissvale, PA 15218
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