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Foreword:

As we approach the end of another year it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months. We’ve achieved  so much and we should all be proud of how far the PMA has developed during 2014. The highlights for me are: the development of a strong and strategically focused board; the appointment of Mercedes Brown as our General Manager; the 2014 National Mediation Awards; the publication of our joint report ‘Win-Win’ in partnership with Local Government Association and the development of our professional mediator accreditation scheme.
 
However, the real success has been in our work with you, our members. We’ve seen a 100% increase in membership this year and we’ve introduced a wide range of events and activities up and down the country. Our new ‘brunch and learn’ and ‘mediator meet ups’ have been a great success and an opportunity for PMA members to network and discuss topical issues. Our recent employment law update received outstanding feedback and our new look website, newsletters and social media campaigns are receiving positive responses from all of our members.
 
The PMA is here for you. We have an exciting programme of activity lined up for 2015 including increased emphasis on research, publications and debates, enhanced membership benefits and a constantly improving range of events and activities. I will personally be aiming to make mediation a strategic priority for all UK businesses as well as whoever is in Government after the General Election. 

We will also be aiming to register the PMA as a charity in 2015 - assuming that we can meet the requirements of the charity commission. This will give us even wider access to funding streams and grants to help us grow the PMA.
 
We continue to benefit from your support so please can you make 2015 the year that you become a champion of the PMA. Please tell you friends about us and pass the message on as far and wide as possible – we want to hit 500 members by the end of next year! Also, your membership may be up for renewal in 2015, please do renew your membership, without you, we simply can’t carry on.
 
It just leaves me to thank you for your ongoing support and to wish you a very happy Christmas and prosperous and peaceful 2015!
 
David,

PMA President
Mediation in the media:

Mediation under-used in the early stages of dispute
 UK losing £15bn through disengaged employees 
Changes in our use of mediation are essential
Behind the scenes of family dispute resolution week
PI lawyers urged to take mediation 'leap of faith'  

For more updates follow the PMA blog:
Mediators' Mailbox
 
 Where were we? Mediating the Past

This is the time of the year for lists. “Best of” lists - the year’s greatest films, books, shows etc., nestle alongside our hopes for 2015. We know that 2014 has (nearly) happened, but where does the past exist for us? How are we to make sense of our memories, and how do we help other people manage theirs?

The scientific answer to the first question is that memories are stored and processed through the language of electronics and chemicals. When we remember an unpleasant incident, or come face to face with other people who were involved, we experience a series of responses, both electronic and chemical, which tell us that this is unpleasant. These responses are often confusing and narcotic in their intensity. As Keats wrote about that metaphorical dip the mythical river of memory, the River Lethe. “My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains. My sense, as though hemlock I had drunk.”

One of the many challenges of mediation is not just that people bring these intoxicating memories to the meeting, but they are often hell-bent on trying to convince the other party that their own electronic and chemical response is the correct one. If only the other person can be convinced that my version of the events is right, then all will be well.
 We know as mediators that our core task is to help parties describe what lies behind these memory-accounts and enable a conversation to take place in which both parties listen and acknowledge the electronic and chemical experience of the other – even they can never agree to a shared account of the events!

Luckily, although the process of memory formation is bewilderingly complex – involving up to 100 trillion synapsis – these things are not set in stone! As the brain works like a system, when one part changes, so do others.
As we watch one party “lean” towards the experience of the other, imperceptibly responding to the others experience. The electrical and chemical processes in the brain are not only creating new understandings, but in a many ways, new memories.
I hope that all my fellow mediators, wherever you are, have great memories of 2014. Thanks for supporting the PMA this year and the compliments of the season to you all. Have a great 2015!
 
Phil,
PMA Communications Group Chair
Upcoming event:
Mediating the Future: Thursday 29th January 2015
Book a place now  (early bird tickets available)
Collaborative Learning Scheme Pilot
 We are looking for members to participate in pilot for a project under development.The PMA Collaborative Learning scheme will support mediators to share skills and knowledge through short informal study sessions. Groups will be divided into study clusters of 6-12 to meet regularly to discuss case studies and book or course reviews.

If you would like to participate in the pilot please send an email to admin@professionalmediator.org. We will be in touch with more details of how to proceed.
How to login to your profile on the new PMA website:

One of the perks of the new PMA website is that members can enter into an exclusive area and start or participate in forum discussions. If you are raising funds for a charitable cause or if you need a fellow mediator for a co-mediation this is the right place to reach out to your peers.

Your individual member login also allows you to update your details by adding pictures and contact details which appear in the public directory.To login:

-Follow this link to the page
-Click on the forgot password option to have a new one sent to you
(if this is your first time)

Once you are logged in you can update your profile according to your preferences and amend privacy settings. If you require any assistance please contact the PMA office to arrange for a brief introduction to the website via admin@professionalmediator.org
New Membership logo:
From January 2015 members will have access to a new logo for licensing and marketing purposes. You will be given the new logo when you renew your membership.
Get featured on the PMA website!
We are looking for mediators to feature on our home page email us if you would like to be involved, all we require is a statement about why you joined the PMA and a photo(optional)
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