SOLOMON'S WAY STAFF
Danette J. Ross Watson
Founder and chief executive officer of Solomon's Way, Mrs. Ross Watson is a Distinguished Credentialed Mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association and Certified Mediator/Assessor with the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution. She has been mediating cases for nearly 20 years with an extensive background as a mediator, facilitator, consultant and trainer. Her areas of practice include separation and divorce; high-conflict family and domestic issues; public policy, workplace and EEO; civil and mental health care conflict management. Most recently she completed the 40-hour basic crisis/hostage negotiations training with the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators.
Mrs. Watson holds a master's degree in conflict resolution from Concordia College and University, and has received extensive training in various styles and practices of mediation including, but not limited to: basic mediation, family and domestic, workplace and arbitration. Mrs. Watson works in the public sector as a mediator for the USPS REDRESS program and various courts and agencies in the State of Texas. She has worked as a court-appointed family or adoption mediator for Prince George’s, Montgomery County, Howard, Calvert and Baltimore counties in Maryland; and as a WV Supreme Court-appointed family mediator in West Virginia. She has also worked as a subcontractor to provide mediation services for the Veteran’s Affairs and Social Security Administration.
Background: Since moving to Big Spring, Texas, she most recently utilized her skillset to work as a counselor and as a member of the hostage negotiation team, at GEO Corrections in Big Spring, Texas. She was formerly employed as the Staff Mediator for the Family Division of Prince George’s County Court, Maryland before she began working with the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), as the Membership Development Associate for Chapters and Family Mediation. Her desire to do more in the field led her to become involved with a national mental health initiative to reduce/eliminate seclusion and restraint in state mental health facilities using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a secondary tool. She was the consultant/trainer and mediator/facilitator through the National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) and the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). This effort also enabled her to assist the Collaborative for Conflict Management in Mental Health (CCMMH) to further ADR strategies and techniques in the mental health field, and the California State Mental Health Hospitals by providing a train-the-trainers training to various members of their executive management teams.
Mrs. Ross Watson relocated to her hometown of Martinsburg, West Virginia to further promote awareness and use of ADR/mediation services throughout the tri-state area in a variety of practice areas with a primary focus on “Strengthening WV one family at a time.” She worked as an approved administrative service organization provider (ASO Provider) which led to the development of 25 sub-contractors as executive director of a rapidly growing family support services organization. The primary client was the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and courts.
Education and ADR Training: Master's degree in Conflict Resolution and Bachelors in Business Administration, Concordia College and University; permanency planning/adoption mediation training - Conflict Solutions; basic and advanced family mediation training - National Institute for Conflict Resolution, Annapolis, MD; arbitration training - National Future Association, Washington, DC and the National Association of Securities Dealers, Washington, DC; and many conferences, workshops and many hours of continuing education training in the ADR field.
Professional Membership Affiliations: Practitioner member, Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR); Full member, Texas Association of Mediators; Distinguished Credentialed Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association; Member, Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable; Member, Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators; Member, Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR); Member MCDR Certification Committee and Certified Mediator Assessor; former Board Member, MCDR; former Board Member, ACR; former Member, ACR Maryland Chapter.