2019 Mediation Clinics

Upcoming Mediation Clinic2019 CalendarMCLE | Registration, Payment & Logistics

Community Boards’ calendar of 2019 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

November 12, 2019

Pre-Mediation for Adult Family Conflicts
Creating Understanding One Party at a Time

People must attend Katharina’s October mediation clinic or have prior experience with the NVC empathy model in order to attend the one in November.

With Katharina W. Dress, M.A.

A big challenge in Adult Family Mediation (and other types of mediation where the potential participants have an ongoing relationship) is to enroll all parties in the process.

Extensive pre-mediation conversations are especially important, because the different generations tend to have very different experiences, perspectives and goals. Even if older family members have cognitive or memory challenges, their voices must be heard, in order to find solutions that work for everyone involved and heal the divide tearing apart many families with aging loved ones.

In this workshop, Katharina introduces a pre-mediation process rooted in the consciousness and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), allowing mediator and parties to understand everyone’s needs BEFORE getting together for a joint meeting and thus increasing the parties’ willingness to participate.

About Katharina

Katharina has been a mediator since 2015 and a facilitator and trainer for over 30 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Communications from San Francisco State University and extensive conflict resolution skills training, including in Elder Mediation, Online Mediation, Conflict Coaching, and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

In addition, Katharina is founder and principal mediator at AGING IN HARMONY and serves on the Civil Court Mediation Panel of the Superior Court of Alameda County.

As a trainer, Katharina offers her own conflict resolution skills and cultural competency workshops throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She regularly assists other organizations with their mediation trainings. For over 10 years she has participated in the NVC-based Mediate Your Life training program offered by John Kinyon and Ike Lasater, both as a learner and trainer. Katharina is also a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is actively involved in the organization’s Elder Mediation Section.

Learn more about Katharina: www.aginginharmony.com.


Cost: CB Members, $25 | General Public, $45
Time: Tuesday, November 12, 6-8pm
Location: JAMS, 2 Embarcadero Center, 15th Floor, San Francisco
Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled 5 business days prior to the event. No refunds thereafter.

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2019 Calendar

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MCLE:  Some 2019 courses are approved by the State Bar of California for 2 MCLE credits (provider #9323). $10 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 2019 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]


For more information, please contact Karen H. 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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