2017 Southeastern Conference on Conflict Management

Hostage negotiator and law enforcement detective Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., will headline the 2017 Southeastern Conference on Conflict Management hosted by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management, housed in the College of Leadership & Public Service.

The conference, set for May 10 on the Lipscomb University campus, is the only one of its type in the region, drawing participants from across sectors of government, business, legal, nonprofit and education. The subject matter of all presentations is related to the field of conflict management, dispute resolution and leadership in critical moments.

Thompson, who is an adjunct professor in the Institute for Conflict Management, is also a mediator and he has taught hostage negotiation to law enforcement agencies across the country in addition to his other professional expertise. He will lead a session on mental health crisis communication strategies during a morning breakout session and will discuss terrorism and hostage negotiation during the conference keynote luncheon.

Four break-out class sessions will feature a variety of experts in conflict management and dispute resolution discussing a variety of timely topics. In addition to Thompson, speakers include:

  • Tracy Allen, attorney, mediator and adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law, Lipscomb University and the University of Michigan;
  • Dr. Betty Gilmore, director and faculty member, Southern Methodist University Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management;
  • Dr. Steve Joiner, dean, College of Leadership & Public Service, Lipscomb University;
  • L. Randolph Lowry, president, Lipscomb University;
  • Elyce Morris, director and counseling attorney at the University of California at San Diego and dean of students and assistant dean for student and diversity services at California Western School of Law;
  • Kate Payne, associate professor of nursing at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center;
  • Linda Seely, director of American Bar Association of Alternative Dispute Resolution, attorney and Rule 31 mediator;
  • Stephen Shields, president of Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, Rule 31 mediator, partner, Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt;
  • Mark Travis, attorney; and
  • Jack Waddey, attorney, Rule 31 mediator and adjunct faculty, Pepperdine University.

Topics covered will include diagnosing conflict, how to market a mediation practice, mental health crisis communication strategies, intergenerational conflict, conflict management in higher education, effective advocacy mediation and congregational conflict and peacemaking, among others.

The registration fee before April 10 is $250. After April 10, the registration fee is $300 per person. Lipscomb alumni may register for $150. The registration fee for Lipscomb University faculty, staff and students is $50. The registration fee includes all sessions and lunch. Continuing legal education (CLE) and continuing mediation education credits are available for attendance at the conference.

For a complete schedule, information on conference speakers and to register, visit www.lipscomb.edu/icm/special-programs/sccm.

The Southeastern Conference on Conflict Management has featured some of the nation’s leading experts in the fields of conflict management and dispute resolution since its inception in 2006. Previous keynote speakers and presenters include: “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, Former Secretary General of NATO Anders Rasmussen and former hostage negotiator-turned-hostage Terry Waite, among other international notables.