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Training Sessions

Advanced Program in Self-Reflection for Conflict Professionals: Tassajara

(Aug. 23, 2015 - Aug. 28, 2015)

Carmel Valley, CA

We are offering another week-long program in self-reflection at Tassajara for conflict professionals. In this program, we will have a continued focus on how we can work effectively with our own internal responses to help people in conflict. There will be a significant meditation component to the program MORE »

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 »