Constructive Agreement, LLC, focuses on services that promote conflict resolution. Whenever possible, vital relationships are preserved. Christopher Hahn, Ph.D., MBA, is the primary service provider and researcher for Constructive Agreement. Dr. Hahn works as a mediator, facilitator, and in various roles as a guardian ad litem in issues that involve parenting.
Dr. Hahn has a diversified background that allows unique perspectives on a wide range of disputes. He has in-depth mediation training and is a Certified Mediator with the additional Family Designation through the Montana Mediation Association. His career includes extensive business, nonprofit, and research & development experience (Hahn, et al., patent 6,725,446 is a software based information distribution platform). Dr. Hahn is a custody investigator on the Supreme Court roster in North Dakota. He has had extensive training in both custody evaluation and parenting coordination. He is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and a former member of the Qualitative Research Consultants Association, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
His Ph.D. dissertation research identified characteristics of parents who could effectively resolve conflict in successful joint physical custodies. His graduate coursework included all academic requirements for Marriage and Family Therapist licensure (Nevada), but rather than pursue licensure he chose to purse activities as an alternative dispute resolution specialist and as a researcher. He is not a psychologist, therapist, or counselor and does not provide these services. When these services are indicated he may work with psychologists, therapists and counselors as a part of a team effort. Full CV available on request.
Dr. Hahn is the author of a graduate-level textbook, Doing Qualitative Research Using Your Computer (Sage Publications). His business career includes 2+ years with sheltered workshops, 6 years as a professional negotiator of mineral land contracts, 5 years in the personal care business, and 15 years as the president and co-founder of a server-level software company. He is married and the father of two successful young adults.
Statement of Purpose
Constructive Agreement's mission is to improve lives through alternative dispute resolution. Constructive Agreement works to promote out-of-court conflict resolution in a variety of settings. We try to preserve important relationships when this is valuable and appropriate. The work of Constructive Agreement is not therapy nor is it legal advice; it is diligent preparation combined with dispute resolution techniques honed by training and experience.
Our hope is that we can help facilitate healthy and prosperous futures. Depending on the type of involvement by Constructive Agreement, the process may be mediation (confidential), court-ordered investigations as a guardian ad litem, guardian ad litem services with limited decision making authority granted by the court, education, and facilitation. The dispute resolution process often is challenging work for participants, but the results can be liberating with long-term positive benefits.
Our goal, when helping to resolve family law parenting-related conflict, is to interact with parents during mediation or (if ordered by the Court) to help recommend and direct the safest and most developmentally advantageous arrangement for the children. Parents are essential determinants in the developmental success of their children so the vast majority of our work in family law cases is with parents. Children, when they participate, are not asked to choose between parents. The voice of children grows in importance as the children grow older, but the voice of the child is only one factor.
By working out of court, we save the parties money and we often help to facilitate results that are agreeable and satisfying to all.
Some thoughts that may be helpful...
Read carefully what forgiveness is, and what it isn't. These thoughts are intended to help you whether or not you get an apology from the other party.
First, what forgiveness is not.
- Forgiveness is not forgetting.
- Forgiveness is not excusing another's actions.
- Forgiveness is not necessarily reconciling.
- Forgiveness is not intended to set others free.
Forgiveness is the process of reframing one's anger and hurt from the past, with the goal of recovering one's peace in the present and revitalizing one's purpose and hopes for the future.
From Forgive to Live by Dick Tibbits