Program management
John P. Cohen, directs the program

Previous experience: (United Kingdom)
Justice on the Bench in Inner London, and Oxford for 12 years.
Bench training and development officer, advisory board member.

Engaged by major National organizations to introduce ‘change management’.
Dealing with National Union negotiation, strategy, and restructuring.
Directly responsible for improvements in productivity, by co-opting unions into the change process, and gaining their support.

Presently president of the National Institute of Mediation Inc.
Current mediation areas; The US, UK, and France.
Mediates pro bono in the 15th Judicial Circuit.

Achieved and continuing objective:
To take mediation to a new level and explore its use.
To educate and develop a program of mediation at all levels of society, which will effectively revive skills that have been lost over time due to familial or other societal breakdowns. Promoting the concept that qualification alone is not enough, and that competence and highest ethical standards are paramount.

BELIEVES IN:
Encouraging the resolution of disputes without recourse to the Courts.
Promoting the concept that citizens can avoid and solve most conflict themselves.
ETHOS: Using mediation skills to develop “cooperative communities”, and teaching mediation as an everyday life skill, and not just for legal conflicts.

KEY PROJECTS INCLUDE; teaching mediation to prisoners in the care of the Florida department of corrections, who act as mediators in prison conflicts with other inmates.
In partnership with the Florida department of health.
The program is being measured and is subject to the review of Nova University to establish the impact of the program in reducing recidivism.
It is a modular program in 4 parts that deals with core training; mediation as an educational remedial action for prisoners with bad disciplinary records, making mediation and its associated skills a systemic part of prison society: a life skills exit program, and officer training.
GOALS: To create and study the positive effect of expressive outlets in a closed community, and implications for use in external scenarios.

ETHOS: Inmates have no training or experience in problem solving; mediation ‘jump start’s thoughts on processes for problem solving, beyond the reflex reaction of violence.
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