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Training Sessions

2016 Self-Reflection in Action Series (Marin County)

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

Mill Valley, CA

We are pleased to again offer Self-Reflection for Conflict Professionals series in January 2016. MORE »

Advanced Series: Spring Support & Development NYC

(Feb. 25, 2016 - Jun. 8, 2016)

New York, New York

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. MORE »

4 Things To Do When Emotions Flare - WEBINAR

(Jul. 20, 2016)

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(11 am Pacific, 12 noon Mountain, 1 pm Central, 2 pm Eastern) Many people are uncomfortable around emotions.  When feelings run high and hot, some professional’s’ gut reaction is to keep the parties apart.  After all, we are trying to solve a problem, not provide therapy. However, like it or not, conflict precipitates passionate reactions and sometimes those responses are challenging.  There is good news though . . . if we can learn to work through the emotional reaction --instead of trying to avoid it—we have a better shot at finding a superior solution to the problem. This one-hour long webinar with Katherine E. Miller will offer tips and tools to help you maneuver through conflict situations when emotions are high. If you are unable to attend the webinar, please know that the presentation can be emailed to you afterwards to watch when you are available.  Past webinar attendees have found the information to be "helpful" and "inspiring".  We hope you do too! What: 4 Things To Do When Emotions Flare Date: July 20, 2016 When: 11 am Pacific, 12 noon Mountain, 1 pm Central, 2 pm Eastern Who: Katherine E. Miller MORE »

How to Communicate with Parties in Conflict: Creating Deeper Understanding

(Sep. 9, 2016)

New York, New York

Learn techniques for communicating more effectively with parties in conflict by uncovering what is really important for them and what is motivating them. MORE »

How to Communicate with Parties in Conflict: Creating Deeper Understanding (West Coast)

(Sep. 9, 2016)

Muir Beach, CA

Learn techniques for communicating more effectively with parties in conflict by uncovering what is really important for them and what is motivating them. MORE »

WORKING CREATIVELY WITH CONFLICT: 40 HOUR MEDIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING

(Sep. 28, 2016 - Oct. 3, 2016)

Ossining, New York

Learn how to support parties working through conflict or engaging in other important conversations in a different way. Our 4 hour basic training in the Understanding-Based model teaches you how guide parties to make knowing and informed choices together in a respectful manner. MORE »

Help, Not Hinder: Working Together to Reach Agreements in Mediation

(Nov. 4, 2016)

Muir Beach, CA

Ever have the experience of being the mediator in the room and thinking: “if this lawyer would just leave the room, I could easily bring the parties to agreement”?  And vice versa, have you ever experienced being the attorney for a party or an expert participating in a mediation and thinking: “what is the mediator doing? I could move things along more quickly?”

When attorneys and mediators know how to work together, a better solution can be reached more quickly.  Just as having a better understanding of the parties’ needs facilitates a effective solution, so does understanding and respecting the role and purpose of the various professionals in the room.  This advanced course for conflict professionals will teach you how to be part of the solution.  You will learn:

  • How mediators, consulting attorneys, and other professionals (mental health, financial planners, etc.) can work effectively together

  • What the role of the law and lawyers is and how it can help the mediation

  • Why and how the understanding-based mediation model works, and what your role can be in a constructive process

  • How to manage the professional/mediator relationship in all parts of the process

“The lawyers both marveled that we had accomplished in a day what otherwise might have taken weeks of contentious, expensive battling over numbers and the value of life.  The parties had emerged with their humanity intact, each with more empathy for the other side.”   Gary Friedman

Who should attend?  Mediators, attorneys who represent parties in mediation, and other professionals who participate in mediation meetings. Teachers:  Gary Friedman and Catherine Conner Date:  November 4, 2015 Time:  9:00 am - 4:30 pm Location:  Green Gulch Farm, 161 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, CA Fee:  $250 MORE »