Bernie Mayer | Queen's University IRC

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Bernie Mayer is a Professor of Conflict Studies in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  He is also a founding partner at CDR Associates, based in Boulder, Colorado. Since the late 1970s, Bernie has mediated or facilitated the resolution of labour management, public policy, ethnic, business, family, community, and intergovernmental conflicts.

Bernie is internationally recognized as a trainer and an innovative leader in applying mediation and conflict resolution to human service arenas and particularly to disputes between public agencies and involuntary clients. He has consulted on conflict management procedures and trained mediators, negotiators, and conflict interveners throughout the United States and Canada, and in Australia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Indonesia, England, Ireland, Moldova, Poland, Hungary, and New Zealand.

He is the author of many books and articles, including The Conflict Paradox: Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes (Jossey-Bass, 2015), The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention, 2nd Ed. (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Staying with Conflict: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Dispute (Jossey-Bass, 2009), and Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2004)

Bernie is the recipient of the 2015 John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award, presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution and the 2013 President’s Award presented by the Association of Family Conciliation Courts.

He received his M.S.W. degree in 1970 from Columbia University in psychiatric social work and his Ph.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Denver in social work, with an emphasis on conflict resolution.


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