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Catherine O'Connell
Catherine O'Connell

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Catherine O'Connell

Catherine is an accredited mediator, conflict management coach, restorative practitioner and trainer in these three areas. She lectures in mediation, conflict intervention and restorative practice at the School of Law and Criminology at Maynooth University along with running her own business Blossom Development. Catherine is a member of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Restorative Practices Ireland and Mediation Beyond Borders.

Catherine practices in both workplace, family and community mediation. She has a strong interest in narrative approaches to mediation and restorative practice whilst not adhering exclusively to these. She uses conflict management coaching to work one on one with individuals at work and in personal/social settings along with as part of her toolkit a a mediator. She also in the area of adult family disputes using restorative mediation approaches.

She has written Building Bridges: A Restorative Journey at Green Bay Prison Wisconsin (O’Connell, 2014) along with a number of publications focused on restorative work in the area of institutional abuse with her colleague Barbara Walshe. In August 2023, she and Barbara Walshe, published A Restorative Response to the Abuse of Children Perpetrated by Joseph Marmion SJ. This documents a two year process of engagement between the Jesuit Order in Ireland with past pupils who had been abused by the deceased Jesuit priest Joseph Marmion SJ when they were children and in the care of Jesuit run schools.

Catherine has a BA in Psychology, a MA in Mediation and Conflict Intervention. Currently Catherine is a PhD candidate exploring the impact using restorative approaches in the workplace can have on aspects of an organisation’s culture, such as their conflict management and level of engagement.

Publications:

O’Connell, Catherine & Walshe, Barbara (2023) A Restorative Response to the Abuse of Children Perpetrated by Joseph Marmion SJ. Available online here

O’Connell, Catherine (2014) Building Bridges: A Restorative Journey at Green Bay Prison Wisconsin. Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis, 1 (2). pp. 75-83. ISSN 2009-7170

Walshe, Barbara & O’Connell, Catherine (2019)  Consultations with Survivors of Institutional Abuse on Themes and Issues to be addressed by a Survivor Led Consultation Group: Department of Education, Government of Ireland available here

Walshe, Barbara & O’Connell, Catherine (6 July 2018). “Consultation on the Options and Appropriate Courses of Action available to Government in relation to the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway”. Galway County Council.

ADR Experience

Dispute resolution experience includes:

  • Workplace mediations and group interventions in conflict situations such as restorative practice and restorative mediation
  • Separating couples mediation and Conflict Intervention
  • Adult sibling and family mediation where there is conflict due to difficulties over the care of a relative, issues around inheritance, or difficulties due to mental health of one or more of the family members.
    Adult sibling and extended family mediation and restorative practice where members have been in conflict and have fragmented relationships. Some of these cases have involved historical sexual abuse and/or mental health issues in one or more members.
  • Working one on one using CINERGY™ conflict management coaching to assist people privately or as part of a larger process that may be mediation, restorative circle or group facilitation.
  • Working in teams using CINERGY™ conflict management coaching and other skills to assist people develop excellent collaboration skills and manage conflicts that naturally arise as part of group working
  • Working with teams using mediation, restorative circle or group facilitation.

Catherine has a background in sales, HR and personal & professional development.For the last 17 years Catherine has been working as a mediator, conflict coach, restorative facilitator or a hybrid of all three to allow people to work through difficult situations be they at home, work or in the community. As a restorative practitioner Catherine advocates for the availability of restorative justice processes for those who have been impacted by serious crime and harm and who have unmet needs regardless of their involvement with the criminal justice system.

Approach

My approach is non-directive and I follow the belief of the ICF that generally people are creative, resourceful and whole and that given space and time to work out what is happening that they will be able to figure out the best way forward for themselves. Therefore I work one on one with parties before they come together. I am a keen advocate of reflective practice and am a member of three learning and sharing groups where we avail of ‘group supervision’. I use a hybrid of approaches but generally find the conflicts that I am asked to intervene is have a large relational component. I work with clients who may have become disconnected from themselves as well as from others on connecting back in with themselves in a real way. From this space it is easier to approach conflict situations.

Education

  • Diploma in H.R. Management 1981
  • B.Sc., Psychology 2000
  • M.A. Mediation and Conflict Intervention 2006

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Art
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Education
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Pet Mediation
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • School/Education
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Staff Developer
  • Systems Designer

Mediations

150

Fees and Provisos

Fees are in keeping with those of the service and my peers and are open to negotiation.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • MA Mediation & Conflict Intervention 2006
  • Child Inclusive Mediation 2013
  • Restorative Practice 2017
  • Restorative Justice 2008

Professional Associations

  • ACR
  • MBB - Mediators Beyond Borders
  • Mediator's Institute of Ireland
  • European Forum for Restorative Justice

Publications & Presentations

  • O'Connell, Catherine & Walshe, Barbara (2023) A Restorative Response to the Abuse of Children Perpetrated by Joseph Marmion SJ.
  • O’Connell, Catherine (2014) Building Bridges: A Restorative Journey at Green Bay Prison Wisconsin. Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis, 1 (2). pp. 75-83. ISSN 2009-7170
  • Walshe, Barbara & O'Connell, Catherine (2019)  Consultations with Survivors of Institutional Abuse on Themes and Issues to be addressed by a Survivor Led Consultation Group: Department of Education, Government of Ireland available here
  • Walshe, Barbara & O'Connell, Catherine (6 July 2018). "Consultation on the Options and Appropriate Courses of Action available to Government in relation to the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway". Galway County Council.
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