There are many different types of families. There are mothers and fathers, both married and unmarried, who live with and
jointly parent their children, and there are mothers and fathers who live separately while co-parenting their children. There
are same-sex partners parenting their children, single parents caring for children on their own, and grandparents raising their
grandchildren. There are also families with no children, and families in which adult children care for aging parents. All types
of families may need conflict resolution services, and. But as the thought-provoking articles in this issue of ACResolution
Magazine reflect, family conflict resolution is not "one-size-fits-all." Techniques and methodologies that are effective in
one situation, may not work as well in another. In addition, the field continues to evolve as practitioners, researchers
and educators develop new services and programs to assist families in conflict. Mediation, family group counseling,
collaborative practice and parenting coordination are a just a few of the possibilities. The ACR Family Section is a place
where all who work with conflict in families can to share their knowledge and experiences and learn from each other.
In a broader scope, ACR is a “professional family” for many of us in the conflict resolution field. Most families have special
events and traditions, and ACR is no exception. ACR is looking forward, with great anticipation, to our Thirteenth Annual
Conference, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 9 – 11, 2013. The theme of the conference, “Making Peace Happen: New
Normals,” focuses on how our work, in mediation, facilitation, negotiation and other non-adversarial processes, can help
create new normals in which interactions between parties make peace happen.
The conference will feature a keynote address by Grande Lum, the new Director of the U.S. Department of Justice
Community Relations Program, mini-plenary sessions on current issues in the field, and almost 100 workshops on a
wide variety of topics. The conference will also offer an opportunity to learn about new services and products from
The annual conference is also our ACR family reunion. The receptions, lunches and beverage breaks provide opportunities
to see old friends, network with professional colleagues, and meet new people in the field.
There are some exciting changes in the schedule this year that were instituted based on member feedback. The conference
will run for three full days, Wednesday, October 9, through Friday, October 11. The sessions that were previously called,
“Preconference Institutes” and had an additional registration charge, are now, “Intensive Workshops,” and are included in
the regular conference registration fees. The conference hotel, the Minneapolis Hilton, is offering a block of rooms at a
special rate to conference attendees. Be sure to reserve your room before the room block is filled!
I look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!
ACRESOLUTION Spring 2013