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Your Next Steps: Launching Your Understanding-Based ADR Work

July 12 at 9:00 am - August 23 at 11:30 am PDT


Have you have taken a conflict resolution training and want to add consensual dispute resolution to your existing work or start a new practice, what next? This three-part series will help you explore your motivations, professional goals, opportunities and challenges.

This will be an interactive process with exercises and briefings on practical aspects of starting and/or incorporating ADR into a practice or your work and bringing people in the door. You will leave with a concrete action plan to develop the next phase of your work.

Who should take this series? People who are excited about incorporating the Understanding Based Model into their work but aren’t sure how or are looking for structured support in taking this step.

Dates: July 12, August 02, and August 23, 2024

Time: 9 – 11:30 AM PT • 12 – 2:30 PM ET • 6 – 8:30 PM CEST


July 12:  Assessing Yourself 

We will assess where you are now, clarify what you are looking for in the future, determine what needs to change, and identify possible barriers. 

August 02: Assessing Your Situation and Creating a Plan

We will delve into the concrete aspects of your current situation, compare it to your desired situation, and explore how to close the gap between the two. 

August 23:  Implementing the Plan

We will explore how to let the world know about your new approach, share plans and ideas, and leave with concrete next steps.


The training session will be conducted through Zoom. After registration, a separate email with Zoom connection details will be sent prior to the event.

Participants are encouraged to log on ten minutes before the start of each session to troubleshoot any technical issues and help ensure the programs can start on time each day.

Between sessions, ‘homework’ and reflective exercises will be assigned.


The program training fee for the entire series is just $400Participants are expected to attend the entire series so they can benefit full from the experience.



Melanie Rowen is a mediator and conflict coach who believes in the power of understanding-based conflict resolution to transform our world. She frequently trains individuals and groups on effective communication in conflict situations and on creating inclusive environments, particularly around gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Melanie previously litigated civil rights cases, including marriage equality, employment discrimination, issues involving transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families, and issues facing LGBTQ+ elders, at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and served on the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law Center. Earlier in her career, she worked in business litigation at Latham & Watkins LLP, and for many years, she was the Associate Director for Public Interest Programs at UC Berkeley School of Law. Melanie currently works in attorney professional development at the Bay Area offices of a large law firm, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Law Placement.


Catherine Conner has been a mediation and collaborative practice trainer since 2004. She is a frequent presenter at collaborative conferences and family law workshops. She authored Collaborative Practice Materials with Steven Neustadter and Margaret Anderson. Catherine Conner’s private practice focuses on family law alternate dispute resolution, including mediation, collaborative practice, and private judging. She graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 1982 and is a founding partner of Conner, Lawrence, Rodney, Olhiser & Barrett, LLP. In 1992, Catherine became a Certified Family Law Specialist.  She has been honored as the recipient of the Rex Sater Award for Excellence in Family Law, the Eureka award by Collaborative Practice California and was the 2018 honoree for Careers of Distinction.  She was on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals from 2007-2014 and served as the President in 2013.


Caitlin Meredith, MPH, MA, is a mediator, coach and conflict skills trainer who works with individuals, organizations and families navigating transitions and conflict. Her curiosity about conflict led to 13 years with Doctors Without Borders in war zones in sub-Saharan Africa, and then to consulting in the criminal justice system. After working in the aftermath of big conflicts, she decided to learn more about preventing and working through disagreements through courageous conversations. This curiosity led her to the Center for Understanding in Conflict. In addition to her private practice, Caitlin volunteers her time as a mediator for community and court-based mediation programs in Colorado and California. She also teaches Core Mediation and Negotiation classes at the Monterey College of Law and co-hosts a podcast about women’s financial literacy. In all of her endeavors, Caitlin finds honest, clear and vulnerable communication to be the key ingredient for creating meaningful connections in our lives. Also, humor.

Cancellation Policy

Please note our cancellation policy for this series: there are no refunds after the start of the series.

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July 12 at 9:00 am PDT
August 23 at 11:30 am PDT
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Your Next Steps Registration // 2024
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