The Center Announces New Self-Reflection for Conflict Professionals (SCPI) Program

We are pleased to be able to offer once again a nine-month intensive program in Self- Reflection for Conflict professionals beginning in September.

The focus of the program will be to train participants in ways of accessing their inner lives while working with clients in conflict that are constructive for the professionals and productive for our clients.  We will learn together about connecting with our deeper impulses that fuel our commitment to working with people in conflict – such as compassion and the search for greater self understanding and mutual understanding.  We also learn about dealing with the barriers to that understanding, such as judgment, anger and the desire for control, and how to recognize and work with those barriers to bring us closer to ourselves and our clients.

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CUC Training Can Be “Life-Changing”

“I was reminded recently that at the beginning of my mediation training with the Center for Understanding in Conflict many years ago, we were asked to complete a form which included a question along the lines: “What do you hope to accomplish from it?”

Being slightly put off by the question, I chose to respond with an answer that I thought was appropriately facetious, something like: “I hope it changes my life.”

As things have turned out, the training contributed substantially to doing precisely that. A few years later, I left the firm at which I had practiced in the conventional manner for the previous 30 years, and began steering my practice toward mediation. Work went from feeling like work to being an incredibly satisfying joy (most of the time). The training – and mediation in general – are largely responsible.”


Richard Abrams, Esq.

Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP

New York, New York

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Upcoming programs

Fall 2013 Advanced Program on Contracting, Northern California This advanced training is available to those who have already participated in on our Mediation Intensive Training Programs, and focuses on contracting, the agreement to mediate. We will focus on the practical elements and aspects of contracting as well as the deeper motivations and interests in the parties’ seeking to develop agreement about working together. The training will take place on November 15, 2013, at Green Gulch Farm in Muir Beach, CA from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Gary Friedman and Catherine Conner will present.  The training offers 7 hours of MCLE/BBS. Register and learn more here.    

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