Past Events

Heartland Regional Conference of Mediators: Tame the Tension

April 27 & 28, 2017
13800 Eagle Run Dr, Omaha, Nebraska (Champions Run Golf Club)
This biennial conference is a collaborative effort between four state mediation associations: Iowa Association of Mediators, Nebraska Mediation Association, Heartland Mediators Associations (Kansas), and Association of Missouri Mediators.

This year’s conference, “Tame the Tension,” features Brad Heckman, CEO of the New York Peace Institute.

About Brad: Brad Heckman is CEO of New York Peace Institute, one of the nation’s largest mediation services. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award.  He served on the boards of the National Association for Community Mediation, the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, and the NYC Peace Museum. Brad has trained labor unions, the NYPD, NASA, United Nations programs, and community organizations worldwide. His interest in peaceful dialogue began as university lecturer Poland in 1989, witnessing the country’s transition to democracy. Brad served as Vice President of Safe Horizon, a leading victims services agency. He was also International Director of Partners for Democratic Change, where he helped introduce mediation to Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union and beyond. Brad received a Master of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Recently, Brad was the keynote speaker at the International Organizations Career Development Roundtable (CDR) in Helsinki, Finland.

Brad is committed to helping individuals develop their skills by integrating exercises throughout the training that build muscle memory. His presentation style is very engaging and visual as he incorporates sketches into his trainings. He has a large gallery of sketches that he pulls from – to the right is a picture of his floor with his some of his sketches that he uses during trainings.


8th Annual World Mediation Congress

Sponsored by:  InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution, Drake University Law School, and The Iowa State Bar Association

November 11 & 12, 2016
Drake Universtiy, Des Moines, IA

Keynote:  Bill Eddy
Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the “High Conflict Personality” theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.

Additional workshop topics include

  • ADR in the Brexit
  • Building Bridges or Walls?
  • Labor Mediation
  • Ethics Panel
  • International Growth of Mediation
  • Psychology of Mediation
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Community Mediation
  • Mediation as a First Response

Cost $250.

CLE 15 hours have been applied for, including 3 hrs of ethics


Iowa Association of Mediators Spring Conference
May 07-08, 2105
Stoney Creek Inn – Johnston, IA

Emotional Vampires
Managing High Conflict Personalities in Mediation

Presented By John Edwards, High Conflict Institute
Approved for 7.0 CLE Hours

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