|In November of 1993, Barry received a Certificate of Completion for
30 hours of Basic Mediation Training from the Los Angeles County Bar Association's
Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (DRS). He has also trained under Ken
Cloke at the Center for Dispute Resolution as well as with Forrest Mosten
Family Mediation Training.
Upon completion of his initial training, Mr. Simon began working as
a volunteer for the West Hollywood Community Mediation Project and was
instrumental in revitalizing its Rainbow Mediations program, specifically
aimed at the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities in the
greater Los Angeles area. He also volunteers for the Centinela Valley
Juvenile Diversion Project in which youthful criminal offenders participate
face-to-face with their victims in a restitution mediation. In 1999 the
County of Los Angeles awarded him an Honorable Mention as an outstanding
adult volunteer in the area of mediation. He has also received Certificates
of Recognition from the California State Assemby and Senate.
Mr. Simon mediates a diverse array of conflicts, including neighbor/neighbor,
landlord/tenant, consumer/merchant, contractual violations, business and
organizational disputes. He specializes in relationship dissolutions for
same gender couples as well as divorces for heterosexual couples.
Mediation is a supportive and empowering process for a couple when their
relationship comes to an end. It allows them to move from an intimate relationship
to a more business-like one in a safe and compassionate atmosphere.
Mr. Simon is an advocate for the power of the mediation process to help
disputants resolve their conflicts in a way that honors their ability to
find the needed solutions. To help people understand how conflict can be
a positive tool, he has developed a two hour inter-active workshop entitled
"CONFLICT CAN HEAL: A Quick Course in Conflict Resolution Skills" that
he offers to organizations at no cost. He also offers a free workshop called
"My Checkbook, My Lover, and Me" which teaches same gender couples about
Living Together Agreements. With this powerful tool, they can lay
down the ground rules of their relationship while at the same time establishing
the formulas by which future conflicts can be resolved, creating a solid
foundation on which their union can be built and grow. This is especially
important for those couples considering parenthood.
For a free consultation or for more information about mediation, contact
Mr. Simon at (818) 752-8340 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.