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Your Next Steps: Launching Your Understanding-Based ADR Work

May 13, 2022 at 9:00 am - July 29, 2022 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?

Our 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 13, June 24,  and July 29, 2022

Time 9 – 11:30 AM PDT • 12 – 2:30 PM EDT • 6 – 8:30 PM CEST


The training session will be conducted through Zoom. After registration, Kayla Hellal ([email protected]) will send a separate email with Zoom connection details. 

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 is $297.

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 is a mediator, collaborative attorney, a teacher at and a director on the board of the Center for Understanding in Conflict. Her practice focuses on family law alternate dispute resolution, including mediation, collaborative practice and private judging.  She co-authored Collaborative Family Law Practice Materials.  She was on the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals board of directors from 2008 through 2014 and was the President in 2013.

Cancellation Policy

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


May 13, 2022 at 9:00 am PDT
July 29, 2022 at 11:30 am PDT
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