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Training Sessions

Advanced Seminar Series: Support and Development Groups, Fall 2015: New York City

(Sep. 1, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016)


The Center regularly offers monthly Support and Development groups in New York City near Grand Central for those who have completed our Mediation Intensive Training. The focus of these groups is on integrating the Understanding-based model into participants’ work with conflict resolution in a manner that is authentic to the individual professionals. We invite you to join us!  Please see below for more information.  Please email us at to register or with any questions. Each of these groups meets from 6:15 to 9:00 pm (near Grand Central).  The fee for the series is $500. Reduction in fee available based on economic need. Support & Development Groups The Support and Development groups are monthly supervision classes for those who have completed the Mediation Intensive Training and who have been working to integrate this approach into their ongoing professional lives – whether in mediation, collaborative practice, or other approaches to working with conflict. At these meetings, one or more participants usually present a case or other aspect of their work such as the challenges of beginning and developing one’s practice.  We then work together to learn how the Understanding-Based Approach to conflict can help us to understand the conflict, and how to support the parties working together through the conflict.  We examine both what is significant for that participant and what issues are raised for the others of us.  The format also includes faculty presentations, role play and discussion.  The basic inquiry here is how, by connecting more deeply to our own ideals and aspirations and to those of the people we serve, we can be more effective in our work with parties in conflict and develop more fully as professionals. Each group meets one evening per month from September to January and then from February to June in New York City.  The small group size allows for highly interactive learning.   The groups include:   Mediation and Collaborative Practice The Mediation / Collaborative Group meets once a month in New York City.   Collaborative Practice Our Collaborative Practice group is principally for more experienced collaborative professionals (and is at capacity). MORE »

Working Creatively with Conflict: 40 Hour Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training

(Nov. 4, 2015 - Nov. 8, 2015)

Muir Beach, CA

The Mediation Intensive Training provides both experienced mediators and those new to the field with the perspective and skills necessary to work within the Center's model of mediation. Participants learn what it takes to shift from a stance of advocacy to one of mediation - for professionals and parties alike. MORE »

Advanced Training Program: Power Imbalance, November 2015

(Nov. 20, 2015)

Muir Beach, CA

Power imbalances are inevitable in conflict. This program will explore the following: - Recognizing power imbalances and the elements that comprise them. - Understanding how conflict professionals can assist the parties in effectively addressing power imbalances and the limitations on dealing with power imbalances. MORE »

2016 Self-Reflection in Action Series, Northern California

(Jan. 30, 2016 - Jun. 4, 2016)


We are pleased to once again offer our program in Self-Reflection for Conflict Professionals Intensive (SCPI) beginning in January 2016. MORE »


(May. 11, 2016 - May. 15, 2016)

Garrison, New York

  • Are you responsible for helping people work through conflict?
  • Do you manage important conversations between clients, employees, team members, volunteers,or other people you work with?
  • Do you want improve your ability to facilitate conversations of consequence?
  • Do you want to learn to mediate or enhance your skills?
Learn how to support parties working through conflict or engaging in other important conversations in a different way.  Our Understanding-Based model focuses on guiding parties to make knowing and informed choices together in a  respectful manner.  Highlights of our basic training, Working Creatively with Conflict, include:
  • Positive neutrality - how to support all parties to a conflict without taking sides
  • Enhancing understanding and empathy through the Loop of Understanding
  • Developing creative options that address differing needs and interests
  • Creating the groundwork for effective and lasting decision making
Who Will Benefit From This Training? This training is appropriate for lawyers, collaborative professionals, business consultants, executive coaches, managers and supervisors, human resources professionals, ombuds-people, non-profit staff, and other people whose work will be enhanced by  increased skills in conflict resolution. “This program has changed me as an individual and will forever change the way I manage conflict, personally and professionally.”  - Catherine Hannibal, Attorney, Mediation Works, Brooklyn, NY What is the Format of the Training? The training combines presentations, teacher demonstrations, case simulations and discussions. Concise briefings introducing the model and tools of the Understanding Based Approach alternate with demonstrations and role-plays designed to immerse the participants in the process. Central to the learning are real to life simulations in which the participants work through mediations from beginning to end. The participants have a chance to apply the concepts and skills introduced in the briefings, and to experience the emotional challenges faced by parties in dispute. Participants   describe these different modes of learning and their interplay as enjoyable as they are engaging and rewarding. It is very gratifying to see how respectful and honoring this process is with the same or better results than other mediation processes.”  - Darci D'Ercole, Deputy Director, Leadership Development, New York State School Boards Association, Latham, NY Who are the Trainers? Catherine Conner, Esq. and Katherine Miller, Esq.  For more information, see their bios here. “The program teaches more than just new skills.  It teaches a new way of thought and approach to conflict -- inside and outside the court room.  I received a profound sense of renewal, consideration and gratitude.”  - Adam Halper, Attorney, The Family Center, New York, NY What are the Logistics - When, Where, Cost? The training begins on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11th at 2:00 pm through 9:00 pm.  On Thursday and Friday, the sessions run from 9am – 6 pm. On Saturday, the session runs 9 am – 9 pm (with ample breaks for meals and rest). The program ends on Sunday, May 15th  with a session from 9am – 12noon. The training will be held at The Garrison Institute,, approximately one hour driving time from NYC. The program training fee is $1,450.  An early bird discount of $175 (to $1,275) is applied to registrations made by 12/31/15;  early bird $100 off if registered by April 1, 2016. A deposit of $500.00 is necessary to secure registration.  (Reduction in fee available based on economic need.) Cost for the facility, lodging and meals is as follows and is paid directly to The Garrison Institute: Single rooms are $700; Shared double room is $640; Commuter fee (with meals) $400.  A deposit of $400.00 is necessary to secure your registration. Please email us at for details or further information. Please note our cancellation policy:  If you cancel 2 weeks or more prior to the program, your deposit will be returned minus a $250.00 administration fee (which may be applied against a future program).  Less than 2 weeks (but more than one week) prior to the program, we will retain 50% of the total cost of the program (half of which may be applied to against a future program). Please note that refunds are not made for cancellations within the last week prior to the program. “The program for me was life-changing.  It was the tipping point at which I realized this was my avocation not just a vocation!”  - Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Attorney, Hamilton Law & Mediation, PLLC, Armonk, NY Is there Continuing Education Credit? CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT AND NEW YORK COURTS CERTIFICATION (SECTION 146): The Center for Understanding in Conflict, as the Center for Mediation in Law, has been certified as follows: In New York, as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. The Mediation Intensive Training will fulfill 40 NY MCLE credit hours (6.5 Ethics credits; 19.5 Professional Practice credits; and 14 Skills credits).  For continuing legal education purposes, the Mediation Intensive Training is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. The Center program has been approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs. (Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.) The Center for Understanding in Conflict is an accredited provider of California Continuing Legal Education.  The Mediation Intensive Training —appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys — will qualify for 40 CA MCLE credit hours. "Having had well over 100 hours of previous training, I feared this program might cover too much familiar ground. Those fears vanished within the first 20 minutes and were replaced with the thrill of discovering a richer, deeper mode of mediating.”   Steven M. Rabinowitz Mediator/Lawyer Pryor Cashman, LLP, NYC For additional information, please email us at MORE »