About Us Association for Conflict Resolution ACR _f8884658-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. We are the nation's largest professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. ACR works in a wide range of settings throughout the United States and around the world. At ACR, you will find colleagues with similar skills and concerns ... Government Employees government employee working with the shared neutrals program, School Educators school educator teaching peer mediation Custody Mediators custody mediator in the court system Environmental Mediators environmental mediator dealing with regulatory disputes Arbitrators arbitrator dealing with corporate non-performance Public Policy Facilitators public policy facilitator working with interagency conflict Divorce Mediators divorce mediator working with families ACR Executive Committee Marya Cody Kolman President Cheryl L. Jamison President-Elect Perri E. Mayes Immediate Past President Mary N. Miller Vice President Nancy Flatters Secretary Donzell Robinson Treasurer Tajaé A. Gaynor Diversity & Equity Director ACR Directors at Large Sheri Callahan At-Large Member Jeffrey Cohen At-Large Member Julie Denny Chapters Director Bill Drake At-Large Member Tricia Jones At-Large Member Frances I. Mossman At-Large Member Gigi Robson At-Large Member Jonathan Rosenthal Sections Director Jetta Todaro At-Large Member John Windmueller At-Large Member All people know their choices for conflict resolution _f8884cd4-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 ACR gives voice to the choices for quality conflict resolution _f8884e32-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 Multiculturalism Our multicultural and multidisciplinary organization offers a broad umbrella under which all forms of dispute resolution practice find a home. Multidisciplinary Approach Ethics ETHICAL PRINCIPLES Professionalism Principles of Professionalism: An ACR Neutral must adhere to the highest standards of integrity, impartiality and professional competence in rendering her or his professional service. 1. A Neutral must not accept any engagement, perform any service, or undertake any act which would compromise the Neutral's integrity. 2. A Neutral must maintain professional competence in dispute resolution skills by staying informed of, and abiding by, all relevant practice statutes, rules, and administrative orders and by regularly engaging in educational activities that inform as to professional practices and promote professional growth. 3. A Neutral must decline appointment, withdraw, or request technical assistance when the Neutral feels that a case is beyond the Neutral's competence. 4. A Neutral must decline all cases where there is a conflict of interest or where there is the appearance of an impropriety. 5. A Neutral must not engage in conduct that is considered contrary to professional standards of justice, honesty and ethics, including but not limited to misrepresentation of credentials, crossing of professional boundaries and truth in advertising. Justice Honesty Roles Principles of Role: An ACR Neutral must respect the principle of individual integrity by ensuring that in dispute resolution proceedings, other than arbitration or other leader-directed models of dispute resolution, decision-making authority rests with the participants. The role of the Neutral shall include assisting participants in identifying issues, reducing obstacles to communication, maximizing the exploration of alternatives and helping the participants reach voluntary agreements. 1. A Neutral must promote a balanced process and must promote mutual respect among the participants throughout the conflict resolution process. 2. A Neutral must not coerce or unfairly influence a participant into any settlement agreement. 3. A Neutral must not intentionally nor knowingly misrepresent material facts or circumstances in the course of conducting the conflict resolution proceeding. 4. A Neutral must be impartial and advise all participants of any circumstances bearing on possible bias, prejudice, or impartiality. Impartiality means freedom from favoritism or bias in word, action, and appearance. Impartiality implies a commitment to aid all participants, as opposed to an individual participant in conducting the conflict resolution process. 5. A Neutral must promote informed decision making among the participants in the process, without offering legal, psychological or any other advice associated with the Neutral's background and training Neutrality Process Principles of Process: An ACR conflict resolution process should emphasize the following principles: 1. Participants' Self-determination: The act of participants coming to informed, voluntary and uncoerced decisions. 2. Client Centered Negotiation: The needs and interests of the participants form the basis upon which resolution is sought. 3. Neutral's Impartiality: Freedom from favoritism or bias in word, action, attitude and appearance; ensuring a commitment to aid all participants, as opposed to an individual participant, in conducting the conflict resolution process. 4. Fairness of the Process: The balancing of the process to meet the needs and interests of the participants. 5. Procedural Flexibility: Designing the process to fit the circumstances of the situation, wishes and needs of the participants. 6. Confidentiality: Keeping all information shared in the process private unless such privilege is waived by all participants. 7. Full Disclosure: All information necessary for making informed decision by the participants. 8. Informed Decision Making: The capacity to make decisions with full understanding of all the information needed and shared. Self-Determination Client Centered Negotiation Impartiality Fairness Procedural Flexibility Confidentiality Full Disclosure Informed Decision Making Conferences Gather conflict resolution practitioners, students and interested parties to network, learn new skills, discuss cutting-edge issues and keep abreast of what is happening in the expanding field of conflict resolution. _f8884f2c-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 1 Conflict Resolution Practitioners Students ACR Conferences gather conflict resolution practitioners, students and interested parties from all corners of the globe to network, learn new skills, discuss cutting-edge issues and keep abreast of what is happening in the expanding field of conflict resolution. ACR's annual conference attracts more than 1,000 people from around the world and offers more than 150 workshops. _f8884fd6-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 dd9e9b8e-3f26-48a9-8e9b-e24a64a2766c Professional Interest Sections Allow members to join with colleagues with similar interests as well as share information via websites, newsletters, teleconferences and meetings. _f888508a-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 2 ACR Members ACR Professional Interest Sections ACR's Sections serve as ACR's programmatic core. Sections allow members to join with colleagues with similar interests as well as share information via websites, newsletters, teleconferences and meetings. Members of ACR Sections enjoy a wide array of programs, as well as opportunities for volunteer leadership within ACR. _f8885120-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 b25e4ffe-edc6-4162-b6c6-d1c1a5429beb Regional Chapters Enable members to meet and share ideas with colleagues in their community and participate in activities that support their professional development. _f88851c0-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 3 ACR Regional Chapters ACR's Chapters enable members to meet and share ideas with colleagues in their community and participate in activities that support their professional development. _f8885274-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 c5e73618-820c-405c-a99f-08c459299139 Committees and Initiatives Host a wide variety of committees, task forces, work groups, and initiatives that are essential to the field of alternative dispute resolution. _f888531e-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 4 ACR Committees Would you like to get more involved in an ACR or work on a specific ACR project? ACR President Marya Kolman is beginning to form committees and task forces for the upcoming year. She is looking for people who would like to serve on these committees and task forces or work on a special ACR project. If you are interested or would like more information about these opportunities, please contact Marya at maryakolman@gmail.com. ACR Annual Conference Committee Standing Committee - Develops the program for the ACR Annual Conference ACR Awards Committee Standing Committee - Selects recipients for ACR organizational awards ACR Diversity and Equity Network Committee Standing Committee - Promotes diversity and equity within ACR and the conflict resolution field. ACR Elections and Nominations Committee Standing Committee - Oversees elections for ACR President-Elect and Board of Directors ACR Ethics Committee Standing Committee - Makes recommendation to Board of Directors regarding ethical standards and ethical issues ACR Finance Committee Standing Committee - Provides guidance to Board of Directors and staff about budget and financial matters ACR Membership Committee Standing Committee - Promotes and grows ACR membership ACR Accessibility Committee Identifies accessibility challenges in ACR conferences, materials, and programs for people with disabilities and makes recommendations to improve accessibility ACR Conflict Resolution Day Committee Develops and promotes programs for Conflict Resolution Day ACR Credentialing Committee Works on development of model standards and other forms of credentialing for practitioners ACR Sections Mentoring Committee Provides mentoring services to sections ACR Student Outreach Committee Provides recruitment and mentoring services to students ACR Task Forces ACR Future Conferences Task Force Makes recommendations regarding site, facilities and programming for future conferences ACR Higher Education Task Force Develops and oversees discussion of Model Standards for post-graduate conflict resolution education programs ACR Work Groups ACR International Expansion Working Group Researches and explores models and structure for ACR international expansion ACR Legislative and Public Policy Group Reviews and promotes awareness about legislative and public policy initiatives at all levels of government ACR Publications Group Oversees all ACR publications including ACResolution, Conflict Resolution Quarterly and ACR Update ACR Public Dialogue Working Group Explores public dialogue initiatives in relation to ACR ACR Public Education Group Develops and oversees projects to raise public awareness about conflict resolution programs and methods ACR Public Relations Group Oversees social media, media relations, press kits, and other public relations matters ACR Resource Development Group Raises funds for ACR and ACR projects and proposes resource development policies and procedures ACR Website Group Oversees ACR websites and recommends changes to ACR website ACR also hosts a wide variety of committees, task forces, work groups, and initiatives that are essential to the field of alternative dispute resolution. _f88853c8-4f7a-11e2-914e-25ced8234389 5c95bb58-2286-46d6-8f2c-4ef5658dd6aa 2012-12-26 http://www.acrnet.org/Page.aspx?id=671#.UNscOm9X0kA Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.