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Basic Mediation Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
40 hours. ($975) MCLE/CEU 36.5 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Wednesday to Saturday, October 18, 19, 20, 21, 2017

Advanced Mediation: Family-Divorce-Child Custody Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
30 hours. ($795) MCLE/CEU 26.75 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Tuesday to Thursday, November 14, 15, 16, 2017

Parenting Coordination and Facilitation Training ($525) in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria: Sign up for this and Advance Family at the same time and use the early bird discount for both classes
20 hours-MCLE/CEU 16.75 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Friday and Saturday, November 17th and 18th, 2017

Elder and Adult Family Mediation Training ($750) in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
20 hours-MCLE/CEU 18.25 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th, from 8:15 AM until 6:45 PM

Arbitration Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
9.5 hours. ($550) MCLE/CEU 8 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Houston: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 8:30 AM until 6:30 PM; or Dallas: Wednesday, October 11th

FACES IN THE CROWD

Mediator focuses on underlying interest to resolve ongoing conflict

Barbara Manousso trains people to solve their disputes

By FLORI MEEKS CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT

Dec. 30, 2010, 11:56AM

 

Dr. BARBARA Sunderland MANOUSSO

  • Community Contribution: Texas Distinguished Credentialed mediator as well as arbitrator, facilitator, negotiator and ombudsman; business owner; mediation instructor.
  • Quick Quote: “Mediation is a fairly new profession. We’re all kind of pioneers. I find it very exciting.”
  • Fast Fact: Manousso also is a former president of the Association of Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter, a member and frequent presenter for the Texas Association of Mediators and a member of the Texas Mediator Trainers Roundtable serving on its Bylaw Committee.

Barbara Manousso enjoys sharing the story of the orange.

In the story, two brothers want the same orange. If they were to cut the orange down the center, each would only have half of what he wanted.

But if one were to ask the brothers what they wanted, that person would learn one brother wants the juice and the other, the rind.

“By a mediator finding out the underlying interests and getting the parties to discuss them, both gets 100 percent of what they want,” said Manousso, a Texas Distinguished Credentialed mediator as well as an arbitrator, facilitator, negotiator and ombudsman.

Manousso, who lives in the River Oaks/Uptown area, has opened mediation sessions with this tale, also known as the satisfaction story, and she passes it on to students at her business, Manousso Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Her firm not only provides dispute resolution services, it trains others to do the same.

“Barbara is able to show the value of neutrality in conflict,” said Joe Bontke, an instructor with Manousso’s center and an ombudsman and outreach manager with the Houston District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“If you and I are at odds, a third party may be able to see what we can’t because we’re embroiled in emotion,” Bontke said. “She’s able to pass on to people how to use that skill set. I’ve never met anyone able to teach it as well as she does.”

Manousso’s students come from throughout the United States, from New England to the Pacific coast.

“I find so much satisfaction in mediating and seeing what happens when people actually talk to each other,” said Manousso, 62.

“Mediation takes place in a safe setting, where participants can have a dialog. They can put a face on the problem instead of going back in forth with, ‘he did this to me, she did this to me.’ ”

Manousso provides business, consumer, family, elder care, eminent domain and contract mediation, and she speaks regularly on mediation issues throughout the United States and in Canada.

Manousso got her first taste of mediation in 1989, when she heard a judge make a presentation on alternative dispute resolution while she was a student at the South Texas College of Law.

“It made a lot of sense,” she said. “Mediation puts the problem and the solution in the hands of the parties involved.”

Intrigued, Manousso learned more about alternative dispute resolution and eventually decided to make it her career.

“I got certified in 1993 and never looked back,” said Manousso, who went on to earn doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Her business’ basic mediation course comprises 40 hours of instruction. Specialized training is available as well, including elder care mediation, 20 hours, and advanced family and divorce mediation training, 30 hours.

There is especially great demand today for elder care mediation, she said. Generally, these mediation sessions draw both children and grandchildren, along with spouses, all with an emotional investment in the outcome.

“It’s a conversation a lot of families can’t have on their own,” said Manousso, who serves on the international training standards committee for elder care mediation.

A number of people assume they need a law degree to become a mediator, Manousso said. That isn’t true. The field is open to anyone older than 18 with no felonies.

College degrees aren’t required; common sense is highly recommended, she said.

Manousso Mediation and Arbitration will offer its next mediation workshop Jan. 6-9. Details: www.manousso.us.