It’s never just about the money, or the issues on the agenda.


In our conflict resolution and mediation trainings, we invite lawyers, mediators, psychotherapists, other professionals, and community members to work with conflict in a different way.  In addition to basic conflict resolution skills, students learn to see and acknowledge the emotions in themselves and their clients.  As a result, they can achieve a deeper understanding of the issues and find solutions that will genuinely satisfy the parties.

Conflict is filled with difficult—even volatile—emotion, which often goes unacknowledged in the legal system and other professional or work settings.

We believe that there is no such thing as “neutrality” in the conflict professional. We like and dislike clients. We are annoyed by them. And we feel the effects of being targets of their discomfort, hostility and grief. We teach those who work with conflict to turn these emotions they’ve often avoided into a source of empathy, connection and understanding.  They can then guide the parties through the same process and help them identify and resolve the deepest issues that separate them. These are rarely the issues they initially bring to mediation.


We help bring the ‘human issues’ to the table.


The understanding-based process we teach in our conflict resolution and mediation trainings allows the parties to successfully find their own best solutions. It also relieves some of the greatest stresses conflict professionals face. We show them how to bring their full humanity into a conflict, and to emerge whole, having best served their clients.

https://youtu.be/frwK4KhMOtU

An Introduction to the Center for Understanding in Conflict and an excerpt from Saving the Last Dance describing and showing the Understanding Based Model.
https://youtu.be/EjS0xTlxNwI


Our Mission

Train professionals and community members in the skills and self-awareness needed to bring understanding to conflict-driven conversations.

Our Vision

People in conflict engage in authentic conversations that build understanding between them.

The Center for Understanding in Conflict is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation.

Upcoming Conflict Resolution and Mediation Trainings

For a more complete list of our trainings, including later in the year, click here.

Basic Conflict Resolution and Mediation Trainings

Advanced Conflict Resolution and Mediation Trainings

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