This issue of ACResolution Magazine looks at conflict resolution in divorce,
custody, and other family settings. It benefits from the experience and knowledge
of the field of Duane Ruth-Heffelbower and Louise Phipps Senft, who are the
Co-Chairs of the ACR Family Section and served as issue editors.
Pain, anxiety, and strong emotions are often present in family conflicts. The
articles in this issue offer solutions to those challenges and suggest new areas
and ideas for conflict resolution.
We begin with a message from the Family Section Co-Chairs about the Section
and its work, followed by five thoughtful articles on various aspects of family
conflict resolution. Moira Kelly and Christine Harris Taylor look at standards
that might be used to help divorcing parents reach custody agreements that are in
the “best interest of the child” despite their own competing interests. Robb Olsen
discusses the relevance of attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology to
the understanding of adult and child development in child custody cases.
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Next, Louise Phipps Senft considers the benefits of using a relational approach,
rather than a transactional one, to promote personal dignity, respect and ethical
integrity between divorcing couples. Duane Ruth-Heffelbower describes a
program that uses conflict resolution to assist families in guardianship and other
cases in probate court. And finally, Michael Lang and Susanne Terry explore the
use of a reflective process to help mediators—both those in family practice as
well as those in other areas — develop a more skillful practice. If you are a family
mediator or conflict resolver, we hope that these articles will inspire you and
provide food for thought. And if you practice in another area, we hope that you
will find ideas in these articles that you can adapt for your own use.
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Call FoR PRoPosals
ACResolution Magazine Summer 2013— Innovation in Conflict Resolution
The theme of the Summer 2013 issue of ACResolution Magazine will be innovation in the field of conflict resolution. We
are seeking proposals for thoughtful articles, about either innovative practices or the process of innovation, that inspire
discussion and add to the collective knowledge of those in the conflict resolution field.
Please send proposals (suggested length is 500
words), as email attachments in Microsoft Word
format, to publications@ACRnet.org. Authors
whose proposals are accepted will be asked to
submit an article than is 1,500 to 3,000 words in
length by August 1, 2013.
The deadline for proposals is July 1, 2013.
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ACRESOLUTION Spring 2013