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CPD event | SA | The mediator as a conductor: How to conduct a successful mediation or conflict

with David Mitchell

Thursday 25 February 2021 | 5.30-7pm Adelaide time | Adelaide, SA

This session is also available online, please click here to register if you are unable to attend in person.

Socially, before speech, words, reading and writing existed, communication consisted of gestures, movements (including dance) and non-verbal utterances. Within humankind there is an integral connection to rhythm, via specialised brain cells called neural oscillators. A rhythmic stimulus whether via movement or sound, can entrain these oscillators, which then continue to respond even after the stimulus has stopped. This is akin to maintaining an attention-span and focus on the part of a listener/viewer.

The success of an orchestral piece relies on the conductor employing non-verbal movements like appropriate eye contact, rapid pacing, modulation of voice or mouthing of words and rhythmic body movements with baton, arms, head, torso and via facial gestures and expressions. Such mechanisms and manoeuvres entrain the orchestra and the audience.

By functioning like an orchestral conductor, interacting with the mediates as if they were an orchestra, a mediator can use gesture, movement, facial expressions and eye-contact to shift the positions of opposing mediatees towards entrainment and possible resolution.

Once mediatees are entrained, the mediator as conductor can utilise a range of inherited or acquired skills ( which are like a conductor’s repertoire of symphonies and musical pieces) from modalities like Emotional Intelligence. Narrative therapy, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Transactional analysis (TA), compassionate meditation to conduct any mediation.


About the presenter

David Mitchell

David Mitchell spent 43 years as an alternative/integrated doctor in chronic medicine. This required a wide knowledge of treatment choices and a deep respect and appreciation of the uniqueness of each person he helped. He became a teacher, mentor, writer, public speaker and radio-doctor. On retiring, he went back to University and achieved a Masters in Health Management. He then took up mediation.

He currently has a monthly, researched and referenced, article in Resolution Institute Pulse journal, focussing on developing a mediator’s ‘Heart and Mind’, via philosophy, neuroscience, self-management, communication and interpretive skills.