Conflict Resolution Clinics

Community Boards’ Conflict Resolution Clinics are intensive, two-hour workshops designed for both new and experienced conflict resolution practitioners, adr professionals, and other interested individuals. Led by seasoned professionals, these clinics cover an exciting variety of topics and unique conflict resolution practices.

Upcoming Clinics

OCT 23: Working with Differences | OCT 27: How to Disagree Online

October 23: Working With Differences

Trainers: Perri Franskoviak, Ph.D. Jane Steinberg, MFT John O’Grady
Date & Times:
Friday, October 23, 10:00am-12:00pm PDT

Cost: CB Members – $25 | Public – $45 | Other – $10*
* If you do not currently have the financial resources due to the COVID19 crisis, you may opt for Other, $10. 
Location: Online via Zoom

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Systems-Centered® Theory states that all living human systems survive, develop, and transform from simple to complex through a developing ability to recognize differences and integrate them.

After a brief exploration of the theory, participants will learn and practice a method of integrating similarities and differences in all human relationships. See Systems-Centered Training & Research Institute at

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Practice a new method for exploring similarities and differences within conflicts without immediately moving to resolution.
  • Identify driving and restraining forces in subgrouping as a method for working the conflict.


Perri Franskoviak, Ph.D.
Perri Franskoviak, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist at Vacaville Correctional Medical Facility and maintains a private practice in San Francisco and the East Bay. Trained in harm reduction psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Systems-Centered® Training, her practice focuses on working with those willing to be curious about their relationship to drugs and alcohol. She’s particularly interested in helping those with overwhelming life experiences find greater balance and meaning in their lives. She provides clinical supervision at several community-based agencies in the Bay Area. You can email Jane at

Jane Steinberg, MFT
Jane Steinberg, MFT, is a San Francisco based psychotherapist who treats adults, couples, and adolescents. Her practice focuses on resolving anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, trauma, and PTSD using mindfulness, EMDR, psychodynamic, depth, and relational therapy traditions. Her work is grounded in Systems-Centered® Training, where she finds energy for growth and development for herself and her clients, and as a spiritual seeker, she helps people create more meaningful and happier lives. Visit Jane’s website:

John O’Grady
John O’Grady is an estate and trust lawyer and a mediator of inheritance battles. He guides his clients to navigate the epic family conflicts about aging, death, taxes, inheritance, and property rights while addressing the underlying conflicts, salvaging important relationships, and staying connected and in conversation for a lifetime. John is a long-time supporter of Community Boards and an active member of Systems-Centered® Training and Research Institute. Visit John’s website:

October 27: How to Disagree Online

Trainer: Cordell Wesselink, M.A.
Date & Times:
Tuesday, October 27, 6:00-8:00pm PDT

Cost: CB Members – $25 | Public – $45 | Other – $10*
* If you do not currently have the financial resources due to the COVID19 crisis, you may opt for Other, $10.
Location: Online via Zoom

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There you are, scrolling through the news feed of your favorite social media platform, when what do you see? A post by a friend that’s utterly outlandish! You can hardly believe it, how could they believe THAT?! You limber up your fingers and thumbs and get ready to tell them how wrong they are…or you decide it’s not worth it and unfriend them immediately and never have contact with them again.

Has this happened to you or someone you know? So many of us are relying on social media to keep connected with others during these challenging times, yet few of us know how to effectively disagree online, and there’s so much to disagree about!

Just like the fight or flight response to danger, many of us do the same with disagreements on social media, but instead it’s fight or unfriend. Even though it’s online, there are real dangers in either strategy: feelings get hurt, relationships get severed, positions get entrenched, fake news spreads, and we become more and more siloed in our ways of thinking.

What if there are other options, besides fight or unfriend? There are! Join this workshop where we’ll discuss better ways to disagree online. We’ll go over simple techniques that can help you keep friends, create openness to other ways of thinking, and just make the internet a little less toxic. There will also be practice and group discussion to cultivate ideas for more effective says to disagree online.

Takeaways from Cordell’s clinic include:

  • Understanding the importance of engaging in online disagreements
  • Learning some dos and don’ts of effectively engaging in arguments on social media
  • Making the internet a little less toxic


Cordell Wesselink, M.A.
Cordell is the Mediation Program Manager for Consortium for Children, which mediates throughout California between adoptive and birth families to help children maintain important relationships after adoption. The former ADR Programs Director at Community Boards, he co-created their Conflict Coaching program. Cordell has a background in counseling with the Marin Suicide Prevention Hotline, Gestalt Process from the Esalen Institute, and has conducted numerous coaching, mediation, and meeting facilitation sessions and trainings. He has a Master’s Degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding. Visit Cordell’s website:


Cancellation & Refunds
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.

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.


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