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Bernie Mayer


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Bernie Mayer, Ph.D. is Professor of Dispute Resolution at The Werner Institute, Creighton University. He is without doubt a leader in the field of conflict resolution. Considered by many in the field of conflict resolution as an icon, Bernie has over a quarter century of experience in the field and was a founding partner at CDR Associates, the internationally recognized mediation and conflict resolution organization. Bernie originally trained as a psychotherapist and has since worked around the world as a mediator, facilitator, teacher, trainer, dispute systems designer, and program administrator. A true scholar as well as leading practitioner in the field, He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work with an emphasis on conflict resolution.

His Articles Include:
Mediation: 50 Years of Creative Conflict, 51 Family Court Review 34 (2013)
Reflections on the State of Consensus-Based Decision Making in Child Welfare, 47 Family Court Review 10 (2009)
The Next Frontier is Anticipation: Thinking Ahead about Conflict to Help Clients Find Constructive Ways to Engage Issues in Advance, with Christopher Honeyman, Julie Macfarlane, Andrea Schneider, & Jeff Seul, 25 Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation 99 (2007)
What’s the Use of Theory? Integrating Theory and Research into Training, with Julie Macfarlane, Dispute Resolution Magazine, Fall 2005, at 5
Neutrality and the Role of Conflict Professionals, with Robert M. Ackerman, 4 J. AM. ARB. 213 (2005)
What Theory? How Collaborative Problem-Solving Trainers Use Theory and Research in Training and Teaching, with Julie Macfarlane, 23 Conflict Resolution Quarterly 259 (2005)
DyADS: Encouraging “Dynamic Adaptive Dispute Systems” in the Organized Workplace, with Peter Robinson & Arthur Pearlstein, 10 Harvard Negotiation Law Review 339 (2005)
Conflicting Values: How Neutrals’ Ideology Affects Their Clients, 23 Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation (2005)

His Books Include:
The Conflict Paradox: Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes. Jossey-Bass/Wiley (2015)
The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention, Jossey-Bass, 2d ed. (2012)
Staying with Conflict: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Disputes, Jossey-Bass/Wiley (2009)
Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution, Jossey-Bass/Wiley (2004)
Dynamics of Conflict Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide, Jossey-Bass/Wiley (2000)