Your Next Steps: Launching Your Understanding-Based ADR Work (Session 1)

Date and time: 
May 13, 2022 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Event type: 
Educational Opportunity

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 online 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.

Online training

May 13, June 24,  and July 29, 2022
9 – 11:30 AM PDT • 12 – 2:30 PM EDT • 6 – 8:30 PM CEST

Cancellation Policy

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




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 LGBTQI elders, at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Before that, she worked in business litigation at Latham & Watkins LLP.  Melanie is the President of the Center for Understanding in Conflict, 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.

Contact email:
The Center for Understanding in Conflict
Price info: 

The program training fee is $297.
A 5-10% discount is available for our CUC Connect members. Click here for more information.