2017 Mediation Clinics

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Community Boards’ calendar of 2017 Mediation Clinics are intensive, two-hour workshops designed for both new and experienced conflict resolution practitioners, adr professionals, and other interested individuals.  They are a critical resource for mediators to stay informed about current adr trends, learn practical tools and strategies, and explore new areas of practice.  Led by seasoned professionals, these clinics cover an exciting variety of topics and unique conflict resolution practices.

Community Boards is very grateful for the generous, ongoing support of JAMS.

Upcoming Mediation Clinic


Working With Cultural Differences in the Dispute Resolution Process


Trainer: Peter Huang

Huang_Peter_Web_ClinicCultural differences can pose a challenge to mediators in the dispute resolution process.   They can form barriers, block communication, and intensify emotional issues, and yet add a level of richness to the process.  When mediators recognize, acknowledge, understand and accept differences, we can use that information to bridge gaps in a positive and productive way.

During the workshop, we will discuss a number of questions:

  • How do different people interpret the meaning of certain actions, behaviors and strategies?
  • What are some frequently encountered cultural differences about how we as mediators interpret certain actions and behaviors during mediation?
  • What are some common cultural differences about how we “judge” what is productive behavior during mediation? 
  • What are some common cultural differences about the styles in which we mediate disputes?   

Peter’s clinic will give you an opportunity to further familiarize yourself with these issues and enable you to thoughtfully and mindfully reflect on those differences based on your personal mediation style. Participation is encouraged — role-play exercises are an integral part of this workshop.

About Peter Huang
Peter has spent almost twenty years as a lawyer and alternative dispute resolution professional.  He has a wide range of experience with intellectual property, commercial, employment and international disputes.  He has also provided corporate counseling to various business entities.

Peter has an extensive alternative dispute resolution training background.  His ADR education started right here with Community Boards’ 40-hour Basics of Mediation training. He has also taken a wide variety of courses put on by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Orange County Human Relations program, the State Bar of California, and other respected providers.

Peter is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and serves as an ADR panelist with its fee dispute resolution program.  He has participated in various court dispute resolution programs.  Learn more about Peter at www.peterhuanglaw.com.

MCLE:  This course is approved by the State Bar of California for 2 MCLE credits  (provider #9323). $20 processing fee required.

Registration & Payment: $25 CB Member | $45 General Public

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You can learn more about each Mediation Clinic and the trainer, plus register and make payment in the 2017 Calendar links below.

2017 Calendar

Tuesday, January 10
Lorie Reichel-Howe: How Do I Handle That?, Conflict Communication Skills for Mediators

While conflict is inevitable in life, combat is optional. Every mediator witnesses good old-fashioned bad behavior and repeat offenders. Having experienced and observed the hurt of cutting words and verbal attacks, the sting of sickening silence, and the regret of having lashed out in anger, mediators step up and encourage dialogue in order to restore relationships. >>> Learn more here.

Tuesday, February 7
Katharina W. Dress, MA: Adult Family Mediation, Transforming Family Feuds into Peaceful Partnerships

Katharina’s mediation clinic explores reasons why family dynamics and intergenerational communication barriers can present major roadblocks to successful Elder Care and Estate Planning. When confronted with these challenges, many families avoid the conversation until a time of crisis when it appears that only attorneys or courts may be able to help. >>> Learn more here.

07_malcolm_sher_webTuesday, March 7
Malcolm Sher: Preparing the Client, Yourself & the Mediator for Success

The courts of California are overwhelmed with cases awaiting trial. Mediation has become the most recognized and accepted alternative to trial. Many real estate and commercial contracts require the parties to attempt mediation before resorting to arbitration or litigation.  Malcolm will discuss and provide proven techniques on how lawyers can best prepare their clients, themselves and the mediator for a “win-win” outcome. >>>Learn more & register here.

May_2017_Clinic_webTuesday, April 4
With Mark Batson Baril & Laura Weiss: Understanding Conflict Hooks at Work

Conflict hooks are your personal hot buttons. They come from within you, not really from someone else pressing them, though that’s how we generally talk about them (He just presses my buttons). They’re based in your identity, or how you see yourself (and want others to see you) in the world.  This powerful workshop provides a door to self-awareness for both individuals and teams. >>> Learn more & register here.

Ron_Kelly_WebTuesday, May 2
Ron Kelly: 30 Minute Mediation

More than a decade ago, Ron started an experiment. Could you design a mediation process that could really help two people with a serious relationship problem in only half an hour, start to finish? The model has proven astonishingly effective. Since then he has used this process to help numerous couples, family members, co-workers, neighbors and others. Ron has been asked to teach it to everyone from community volunteers to court mediators. >>> Learn more & register here.

Tuesday, June 6
Details pending.

Tuesday, July 11
Details pending.

Tuesday, August 1
Details pending.

Tuesday, September 12
Trainer, Colin Rule, with additional details pending.

Tuesday, October 3
Details pending.

Tuesday, November 7
Details pending.

Tuesday, December 5
Details pending.

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Continuing Education Credits

MCLE:  Some 2017 courses are approved by the State Bar of California for 2 MCLE credits (provider #9323). $20 processing fee required.

You can pay online here:  >>>Click for MCLE payment.

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Registration, Payment & Logistics

You can preregister and prepay for mediation clinics through the links in the 2017 CALENDAR above. 

Please be advised: We prefer that people preregister for our clinics.  While we don’t discourage walk-ins, all clinic participants are required to check in at the building security desk, and if your name is NOT on the registration roster, it could result in a delay or possibly inability to gain entry.

Though it rarely happens, we reserve the right to cancel a clinic. Should we cancel, registrants will receive a full refund. We also reserve the right to substitute trainers or presenters.  All other cancellations will be treated pursuant to the Refunds and Transfer Fees policy described below.

Refunds & Transfer Fees
If you cancel more than 24 hours before the clinic start time, there is a $7.50 cancellation fee. This fee will be waived one time if registration is transferred to a subsequent clinic that begins within twelve months of the training start date.  No refunds for cancellations 24 hours or less before the clinic start time.

All mediation clinics are held at:  JAMS, 2 Embarcadero Center, 15th Floor, San Francisco, 6-8 PM. [MAP]


Location & Business Hours
Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 2040
San Francisco, CA 94102
Monday-Thursday | 10:00AM – 6:00PM
(415) 920-3820 | Messages after hours: (415) 920-3820 x100
General email: Learn_More@communityboards.org

For more information, please contact Karen Lipney, ADR Programs Director, (415) 920-3820 x109, or email her at Learn_More@communityboards.org. Please include her name in the subject line.

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