Our mission: Bringing the human issues to the table.

It’s never just about the money, or the issues on the agenda.

Conflict is filled with difficult—even volatile—emotion, which often goes unacknowledged in the legal system and other professional or work settings.

We teach lawyers, mediators, psychotherapists and other professionals who work with conflict to see, acknowledge and use the emotions in themselves and their clients to achieve a deeper understanding of the issues, and to find solutions that will genuinely satisfy the parties.

We believe that there is no such thing as “neutrality” in the conflict professional. We like and dislike clients, we are annoyed by them, and we feel the effects of being targets of their discomfort, hostility and grief. We teach those who work with conflict to turn the emotions they’ve always avoided into a source of empathy, connection and understanding that allows them to guide the parties through the same process, and help them identify and resolve the deepest issues that separate them. These are rarely the issues they initially bring to mediation.

The process we teach not only allows the parties to successfully find their own best solutions. It also relieves some of the greatest stresses conflict professionals face. We show them how to bring their full humanity into a conflict, and to emerge whole, having best served their clients.

The Center for Understanding in Conflict is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation whose mission is to develop the practice of conflict resolution through education, study, and training of conflict resolution professionals.

Our Upcoming Trainings (next 5 in each category)

For a more complete list of our trainings, click here.

Basic Mediation and Conflict Resolution

 East Coast

West Coast


Advanced Topics

 SCPI (Self Reflection for Conflict Professionals)

Mentoring Meetings

2019 Advanced Series (click here for the entire series)

 Other Events