Teacher Training Program

Support our 2022 program

The Center for Understanding in Conflict’s trainings are popular not just because the Understanding-Based approach resonates with many people, but because our trainings are powerful experiential education, carefully designed and skillfully taught. CUC is in a stage of growth where we are looking to deepen and broaden our teaching capacity, improve our ability to serve participants in our training programs, and support CUC community members in developing the skills to teach Understanding-Based conflict engagement in various contexts.

In 2022, CUC will be offering an intensive Teacher Training, and we are excited to invite CUC’s extended community to consider applying to attend and/or financially supporting the program, as we believe the entire CUC community will benefit from this investment.

Information Session

About the Program

CUC’s Teacher Training program is for those who are motivated to develop their own ability to teach Understanding-Based conflict resolution skills to others. Over the course of eight months, through a mix of in-person and online sessions along with self-reflection, reading, buddy conversations, and projects between sessions, participants in the Teacher Training cohort will:

  • learn how to teach CUC’s model, including the Center’s teaching style and Understanding-Based principles, concepts and tools 
  • work with CUC’s most experienced teachers, Gary Friedman, Katherine Miller, and Catherine Conner 
  • practice delivering Understanding-Based conflict resolution content 
  • be encouraged and supported to bring their authentic selves to their teaching
  • use a range of instructional methods and formats, informed by pedagogical best practices, to hold training space for all learners, and 
  • understand the logistics of planning and executing trainings.

At the end of the training, participants will be prepared to offer trainings wherever they are most drawn to teach.

Program Schedule

The Teacher Training cohort will meet monthly from March through October of 2022. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions. The schedule will be:

Friday, March 18 • 9 am – 12 noon Pacific, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern

In Person 
April 7 (Thursday) at 3 pm to April 10 (Sunday) at 3 pm • Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley, CA

May 6 (Friday) •  9 am – 12 noon Pacific, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern
June 15 (Wednesday) • 9 am – 12 noon Pacific, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern
July 13 (Wednesday) • 9 am – 12 noon Pacific, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern
August 10 (Wednesday) • 9 am – 12 noon Pacific, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern

In Person
October 6 (Thursday) at 3 pm to October 9 (Sunday) at 3 pm • Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT

October 21 (Friday) • 9 am – 12 noon Pacific, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern

Program Costs

CUC is looking to find creative ways of sharing the costs for the Teacher Training among participants and our broader community.

Our estimate is that it will cost approximately $110,000 total to offer this program for a cohort of 24. CUC’s costs will be approximately $60,000, including administrative and facility expenses, program development time, and compensating instructors; this averages to approximately $2,500 per participant. We further estimate that it will cost an additional $50,000, or approximately $2,050 per participant, for participants’ travel and lodging for the two in-person sessions. 

We are creating a shared pool for all these expenses, which participants will be expected to pay into, but we don’t yet know how these costs will be allocated amongst participants. CUC is committed to being creative around how payments are made, including payment in installments, and we hope that costs will not be a prohibitive barrier for potential participants with less income and/or wealth.

We are encouraging the CUC community to consider helping to fund the teacher training, as we will all benefit from CUC’s growth in training capacity and range.

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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 University of California, 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.

Gary J. Friedman has been practicing law as a mediator with Mediation Law Offices in Mill Valley, California since 1976, integrating mediative principles into the practice of law and the resolution of legal disputes. Co-founder of the Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly the Center for Mediation in Law), he has been teaching mediation since 1980. Prior to his work as a mediator, he practiced law as a trial lawyer with Friedman and Friedman in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After several years as an advocate, he sought a new approach to resolving disputes through increasing the participation of the parties in the resolution of their differences. At that time, he and his colleague, Jack Himmelstein, began to develop the Understanding-based model that is now practiced extensively in the United States and Europe. As one of the first lawyer mediators and a primary force in the current mediation movement, he has used this model to complete over one thousand mediations in the last two decades He has mediated numerous two-party and multi-party disputes in the commercial and non-profit realms, in the area of intellectual property, real estate, corporate, personnel, partnership formations and dissolutions, and family law.

Katherine Eisold Miller is an attorney practicing mediation and collaborative practice in Westchester County, NY. She has been practicing family law since 1987, first as a litigator and now exclusively outside the court system. She has taught family law at the White Institute and NYU as well as with the Center and lectures regularly on mediation and collaborative practice. She is immediate past president of the Center for Understanding in Conflict, as well as the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals. Katherine is author of the New Yorker’s Guide to Collaborative Divorce (2015) and co-Author of the #1 Amazon bestseller A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Divorce Attorneys in the United States (2014).