New Hampshire and Vermont Mediation and Organizational Change Blog

Hess Gehris Transitions

Earlier this summer, the team at Hess Gehris Solutions celebrated our partner, Carol Hess, and the incredible contributions she has made to conflict resolution in New Hampshire and Vermont and beyond.  Carol’s keen insight, endless curiosity, and effervescent personality are
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Making a Difference in Local Government

Lauren facilitated a working session of the Selectboard in Norwich, Vermont as they developed guiding principles that describe themselves as “a model of well-functioning, cohesive small town government in which our thoughtful actions on complex issues and respectful treatment of
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Mediation Training in Concord, NH

Whether you are an experienced mediator interested in further honing your skills as a neutral, or a beginner looking to gain fundamental mediation skills, this training is for you! Participants in our fall 2017 mediator training sessions will explore the
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A Tip for Transitioning a Child Between Homes

One way to ease your child’s transition between homes is to eliminate the suitcase or overnight bag. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/co-parents-please-dont-pack-your-childs-suitcase_us_58b2f026e4b0e5fdf6197385?utm_content=bufferf1bd2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Carol’s Corner: Checking Assumptions

This article in the New York Times is a great reminder about the importance of checking assumptions about the intent of other people’s actions.  Often when we assume the innocent explanation regarding the actions of others, we allow ourselves the
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2016 Happenings

We now have a presence in the Upper Valley (Norwich, VT) with the addition of Lauren Girard Adams to our team.  Lauren is available to work in all of New Hampshire and Vermont.  To learn more about Lauren Click Here.
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Family Transitions

Dealing with family transitions can be fraught with difficulty. Check out this NY Times article to learn more about how mediation can help you or your clients navigating challenging issues that can arise in any family. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/30/your-money/strengthening-troubled-sibling-bonds-to-deal-with-an-aging-parent.html  

Article on Appellate Mediation in Domestic Relations Cases

In September 2009, the New Hampshire Supreme Court launched an appellate mediation program designed to provide final settlement opportunities to parties in most non-criminal cases. Since then, 192 cases have been referred to the Office of Mediation and Arbitration (OMA) for mediation. The settlement rate of all appeals that have gone to mediation through OMA in the last three years is about 60%. Despite the success of the appellate mediation program, it is underutilized for domestic relations cases.