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2017 Self Reflection for Conflict Professional Intensive (West Coast with Virtual Option)

February 3, 2017 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PST


The  Self Reflection for Conflict Professionals Intensive (“SCPI”) program starts February 3, 2017 and ends June 2, 2017.

“SCPI has had an enormous impact on my work as a mediator. My presence in the mediation room is stronger, more authentic, and more compassionate because of it.” Emily Doskow, Attorney and Mediator


The focus of the program is training 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.  The program includes a number of ways of sensitizing ourselves to our inner lives and relationship to people in conflict, including a meditative perspective, journaling, and regular meetings with peers.

This inquiry is relevant not only to mediation but also to collaborative practice, negotiation, and traditional law practice.

For more information, visit our SCPI webpage.

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February 3 and June 2 — All-day meetings at Green Gulch Farm from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm (The June meeting integrates the participants with the existing SCPI community in a joint meeting.)

Monthly meetings from 4:30 – 7:00 pm in Mill Valley:  February 27, March 27, April 24 and May 15.

With sufficient interest, there will also be an option for a virtual group for long distance participation in the monthly meetings.  The dates and times for the virtual group will be set after registration to find a time that fits for all virtual participants.  Email us at [email protected] to let us know you are interested in the virtual group.

COST:    The cost of the entire program will be $1,000.00 and will include the two all-day and four monthly meetings, as well as an individual meeting with one of our teachers and a copy of Gary Friedman’s new book, Inside Out: How Conflict Professionals Can Use Self-Reflection to Help Their Clients. 

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU!  The program is for anyone whose work includes helping people work through conflict, including mediators, lawyers, mental health professionals, collaborative professionals, human resource managers, team leaders, volunteer coordinators and other similar professionals. There will be a limited number of participants.  Please note that distance participation is an option for the monthly meetings.  Contact us if you are interested in this option.

TRAINERS:     The group will be led by a combination of Norman Fischer, Chris Fortin, both Zen priests from Everyday Zen, and Gary Friedman and Catherine Conner, mediators and lawyers (each meeting will have two teachers).  We have found this mix of professions brings a deeper and stronger understanding to accessing our inner lives when working with people in conflict.

LOCATION:  The all day meetings will be at Green Gulch Zen Center in Muir Beach.  The in person monthly meetings are held in Mill Valley.

Continuing Education Credits:

Mental Health: The Center for Understanding in Conflict is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Center for Understanding in Conflict maintains responsibility for this program and its content. BBS licensees may also receive credit from The Center for Understanding in Conflict as a provider approved by the California Psychological Association. This course qualifies for 23 CE credits.

Legal: The Center for Understanding in Conflict is pending renewal as an accredited provider of California Continuing Legal Education. The Navigating Conflict for Mental Health Professionals Training will qualify for 21 CA MCLE credit hours.




February 3, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
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Center for Understanding in Conflict


Green Gulch Farm
1601 Shoreline Highway
Muir Beach, CA 94965 United States
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