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Your Next Steps: Launching Your Understanding-Based ADR Work

May 12, 2023 at 9:00 am - July 14, 2023 at 11:30 am PDT


You have taken a conflict resolution training and want to add consensual dispute resolution to your existing practice 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: May 12, June 16,  and July 14, 2023

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



May 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. 

June 16: 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. 

July 14:  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.


The program training fee for the entire series is just $300Participants are expected to attend the entire series so they can benefit full from the experience.

As a reminder, a 5-10% discount is available for our CUC Connect members. Click here for more information.


Melanie Rowen, our President, 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 LGBTQI elders, at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Before that, she worked in business litigation at Latham & Watkins LLP.  Melanie serves on the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law Center and is the Associate Director for Public Interest Programs at UC Berkeley School of Law.

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, Boalt Hall 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.

Cancellation Policy

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

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May 12, 2023 at 9:00 am PDT
July 14, 2023 at 11:30 am PDT
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