2018 Chapter President:

Phoebe Sheftel,  Chapter President & Treasurer 



Our goal is to further the  profession of mediation as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution through (1) educating volunteer and compensated mediators with a broad spectrum of backgrounds (i.e. psychologists, non-attorneys, attorneys, medical professionals, teachers, clergy) by way of setting up intra-group discussions and speakers, and (2) introducing ADR to the general business and neighborhood communities stressing the benefits and obligations associated with mediation.  Our group is focused on the Philadelphia, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware areas, and is dedicated to members who in turn, determine the Chapter's direction to provide activities not available elsewhere being mindful not to re-invent the wheel.

Our chapter, as is the entire ACR organization, is very interested in growing its ranks and community ties with the Asian and Indian and African-American and Hispanic communities and other 'minority' groups. 

Meetings usually are held at a Center City location  Dinner is available, usually at 6:30 p.m. and general meetings start at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution

Meeting & Program

Monday, May 21st

Good Shepherd Mediation Program

2000 Hamilton Street, Rodin Place, Suite 301

Parking is available in the garage under the building; enter on 20th Street.

There is also metered parking on surrounding streets.


Understanding and Focusing the Divorcing Brain



Ruth Feinblum Conviser, LCSW


Ruth is a therapist, educator and speaker. She specializes in helping couples resolve conflict and feel closer. She helps individuals reduce worry and increase calm. And she also helps people on the journey through divorce find resolution. She has a Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College and a Post-Masters Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is a Professional Development Instructor at Bryn Mawr and a therapist at her center city practice, Growth Solutions Counseling.


Understanding and Focusing the Divorcing Brain will use Attachment Theory to help Mediators and Attorneys gain a deeper understanding of their divorcing clients. She will explain how practitioners can both help clients resolve any residual ambivalence about the divorce, as well encourage calm and optimism. The goals is for clients to be more able to complete the process once they have resolved ambivalence, found calm and have hope for a better future.


5:30 ~ Board Meeting (everyone welcome)

6:30 ~ Dinner

7:00 ~ Program Presentation

Please advise me of your dinner reservation no later than Fri., May 18th.

Two ways to pay:

PayPal (no special account needed; you can use your own credit card.)

$16 – Dinner– Click here to pay

$12 -   Dinner for students – Click here to pay

$44 – Join the chapter ($30) and sign up for dinner at the member’s rate ($14) – Click here to pay

$20 – Student Chapter membership ($10) and reduced dinner fee ($10) – Click here to pay


$30 – Membership renewal. You will get a notice a month before your membership expires; but if you want to renew now, any existing membership will be extended for an additional 12 months from the expiration date. – Click here to pay


Pay by check


          Send a check made out to “ACR-GP” to Phoebe Sheftel, Treasurer, 414 Barclay Road, Rosemont, PA 19010