Woody and Susan conduct online study groups for mediators and collaborative professionals throughout the world.
Groups are formed in different ways. Some are geographical, others develop from a professional organization, and others are individuals who band together just to meet regularly with us. The group can be interdisciplinary or just from one profession.
Groups can meet regularly (monthly or bi-monthly) or ad hoc. Group members can sign on for a series of groups or just for one session.
Some groups meet for one hour, others for 2, and his LA group meets for 3 hours on a bi-monthly basis. As an example, Woody's Rising Star Peacemaker Group (under 35) meets for 1.5 hours.
Woody and Susan meet with the group each session—and sometimes will bring in a guest co-facilitator or expert.
The groups also sometimes meets on its own for planning and networking.
Woody and Susan's fee is $500 per hour (each), allocated pro rata among group members. If there are 10 group members, fee is $50 per member per hour. If there are 5 group members, fee is $100 per member per hour. If Woody or Susan brings in a co-facilitator, her or his fee is paid by Mosten Guthrie at no extra cost to group members. It is recommended that groups not be more than 12 members.
Each group has an organizer who works with Woody or Susan to set topics, dates, and collects payment from group members. Generally, the group organizer’s fees are waived by the other group members.
Some groups focus on one area; others integrate two or three areas.
Based on preferences of the group, Woody or Susan selects the readings (5-20 pages) or prepare materials from a topic chosen by the group. The readings could be from books, journal articles, research, reports, or blogs. Materials could be checklists, power points, or brief written handouts Woody creates or copies of the work of others.
Group members take turns in presenting challenging cases per a protocol that stimulates group discussion that is safe and productive for the presenter.
The group as a whole serves as business practice consultants for other group members who present current practice development issues.
The group will work with Susan to leverage technology, social media and other current marketing trends to effectively promote, build and grow your marketing practice.
For mediation practitioners who wish to establish or expand their skills in the area ofvirtual mediation including general video-conferencing skill through more advanced topics such as enhanced online communication skills, incorporation of visual aids in online practice and streamlining a virtual practice with additional technology.