How We Think: Hidden Barriers to Conflict Resolution, April 18, 2019

Thursday, April 18 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM [EST]

9653 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 203, Fairfax, VA, 22031, United States


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Event Information

Thursday, April 18 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM [EST]

About the Event

According to the studies, our brains are hard-wired to argue, seek revenge, and impede rational decision-making. They cause people to take excessive risks, to reject proposals that are in their best interests, and to reinforce their erroneous assumptions despite compelling contrary data. This workshop is a fascinating look at brain science and the challenge of overcoming human nature.


Course details:

Time: 8:30am-12:45pm

Instructor: Jeannette Twomey

CME: 4; CLE: 3.5


Instructor bio:

Jeannette Twomey

Jeannette Twomey, J.D., is an experienced mediator, consultant, facilitator, and trainer in the field of conflict management and resolution. She has provided alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services since 1992, focusing on workplace, family, and elder issues. Ms. Twomey has provided training and facilitation to private organizations and government agencies including the U.S. Department of the Air Force, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Department of Interior, etc. She has been a leader in the dispute resolution field, serving on governing boards of both local and state ADR organizations. She is a Mentor Mediator for Virginia’s Mediator Certification Program and an appointed member of the Advisory Council for the Virginia Supreme Court’s Division of Dispute Resolution Services. She was instrumental in designing the mediation program for Arlington County’s General District Court. Ms. Twomey served as President of Northern Virginia Mediation Service from 1996-1999 and was named the organization’s “Mediator of the Year” in 1994. She is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Virginia Bar. She is an adjunct professor, teaching negotiation and mediation, at the American University’s Washington College of Law.

Cancellation policy

A fee equal to 30% of the registration cost of the course will apply for any changes to registration (cancellation, re-scheduling) made less than 10 calendar days in advance. This fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be applied to future classes.

Refunds may be processed in the following ways: credit to be used on a course of equal or lesser value within a year from being awarded or by check. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing.

Participants who register for the training but do not attend or cancel their registration less than 48 hours prior to the start of the training will be billed the full tuition cost of the training.

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About the Organizer

Northern Virginia Mediation Service is a community dispute resolution center in Fairfax, Virginia affiliated with the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and a member of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution. The mission of NVMS is to equip the Northern Virginia community to constructively address conflict by providing: 1) Mediation, facilitation, and restorative practice services to resolve disagreements, 2) Training to develop skilled practitioners who deliver mediation, facilitation, and restorative practice services, and 3) Education for community members about alternative approaches to addressing conflict. For more information, please see our website at