Conflict Resolution Clinics

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

Upcoming Conflict Resolution Clinics


June

Mediating Disputes for People with HIV/AIDS & Other Chronic Illnesses

With Stephen M. Spano
June 20, Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm PDT
CB Member: $25 | Public: $45
2 MCLE credts
Live Interactive Workshop on Zoom

People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIVA) are disproportionately affected by socioeconomic factors and trauma.

Despite a dedicated network of services, PLWHIVA, like others with chronic illnesses, face extreme barriers to care which affect their ability to achieve positive health outcomes in situations where the services they are seeking are of critical import for daily survival.

PLWHIVA and other chronic illnesses are unable to show up with equal bargaining power in many instances. Alternative forms of dispute resolution, like mediation, can help to remove access barriers and resolve disputes with the goal of keeping them connected to our public system of care.

Together, we’ll explore the practical aspects of showing up to support dispute resolution in the face of this power dynamic and discuss various issues of intersectionality and resources in the community.

In Stephen’s clinic, you’ll:

  • Attend his “HIV 101” overview to understand the illness, treatment, trauma, and stigma.
  • Gain an understanding of the theoretical vs. practical aspects of mediating disputes in this community.
  • Review the various services the community has available to them.
  • Learn more about the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and its services.

MCLE
2.0 MCLE Credits
This course is approved by the State Bar of California for 2.0 MCLE credits for the Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society (provider #9323).


Stephen M. Spano
Stephen works as the HCAP Attorney at AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP). While achieving his JD from Golden Gate University, Stephen interned for KQED, Judge Maria-Elena James in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, Justice Carlos Moreno in the Supreme Court of California, and ALRP. While at ALRP, Stephen has been a volunteer, law clerk, donor, fundraiser, panel attorney. As the HCAP Staff Attorney he supports Consumers of HIV services and Service Providers using alternative dispute resolution techniques. Learn more about Stephen.

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July

The Science of Connection

Polyvagal Tools for Conflict Resolution
With Pauline Romas
July 25, Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm PDT
CB Member: $25 | Public: $45

Live Interactive Workshop on Zoom

Our bodies and brains are innately wired for connection and compassion—when internal conditions allow it. Pauline’s workshop explores the science behind nervous system states that either empower or disrupt the ability to communicate effectively and resolve conflict harmoniously.

Utilizing Polyvagal Theory (the science of the vagus nerve), we will demystify the physical processes that drive people towards or away from social connectivity. You will learn to recognize personal and interpersonal cues of a nervous system feeling threatened and retreating into self-protection.

Pauline will share practical details for understanding the fight/flight/freeze/fawn stress responses and how to work with these states. You will gain insight into your own triggers and discover simple yet powerful practices—strategic breathing, movement, sensory approaches—to counteract dysregulation and help yourself and others return to a calm center where openness, curiosity, and compassion are possible.

Whether mediating charged conflicts or navigating stressors in your own life, these tools allow you to shift from reactive physiology into a regulated nervous system where connection can thrive. Leave equipped to establish an environment of embodied safety, empathy, and dialogue.

  1. Explore the science behind nervous system states that either empower or disrupt the ability to communicate effectively and resolve conflict harmoniously.
  2. Learn to utilize the Polyvagal Theory that demystifies the physical processes that drive people towards or away from connection.
  3. Recognize personal and interpersonal cues of a nervous system feeling threatened and retreating into self-protection.
  4. Gain insight into your own triggers and discover simple yet powerful practices to help yourself and others return to a calm center where openness, curiosity, and compassion are possible.
  5. Leave equipped to establish an environment of embodied safety, empathy, and dialogue.

Pauline Romas
Pauline is a certified embodiment and neurological fitness coach who helps people develop a deeper mind-body connection for overall wellness and spiritual growth. She uses somatic techniques to teach individuals how to regulate their nervous system, reduce stress, and bring more presence into their daily lives.

With a background in software development and corporate training, Pauline brings an analytical and structured approach to her coaching methodology. She guides clients through customized programs involving meditation, breathwork, movement, and other mindfulness-based practices to access deeper wisdom in the body and support personal transformation.

Pauline’s passion is helping others reconnect to their body’s innate wisdom to live a more meaningful, thriving, and connected life. She offers personalized coaching sessions, workshops, corporate wellness programs, and speaking engagements focused on topics including mindful communication, somatic awareness, and integrated mind-body health. Pauline specializes in Polyvagal Theory and the vagus nerve, helping illuminate the groundbreaking neuroscience of safety and connection. Learn more about Pauline.

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August

Learning to Negotiate – A Tool for Life

With Lorenzo Colombani
August 7, Thursday, 11:30am-1:30pm PDT
CB Member: $25 | Public: $45
Live Interactive Workshop on Zoom

Join us to learn and practice valuable negotiation skills that you can use in many settings– from car dealerships, health-related matters, family concerns, to the workplace. Using case studies and real-life negotiation scenarios, you’ll walk away with new tools and the confidence to apply negotiation skills to the places most important to you.

Lorenzo’s curriculum extends beyond monetary negotiations, such as securing refunds. It aims to enhance overall communication skills for more effective interactions with customer service, work colleagues, family members, friends, and others.

To ensure the practical application of learned skills, you’re encouraged to practice these tools immediately after the workshop—whether securing a discount on a purchase or effectively sharing household responsibilities.

You’ll leave Lorenzo’s workshop knowing how to:

  • Frame issues effectively to clarify problems and goals
  • Handle emotions, both your own and those of others
  • Establish processes that lead to positive outcomes
  • Negotiate more effectively in everyday personal and work interactions

Lorenzo Colombani
Lorenzo is a negotiation coach, mediator, trained lawyer, and learning designer. He specializes in interactive training modules. Lorenzo studied at Sciences Po in Paris, earning a BA in social sciences and public administration, then a Master’s Degree in Law (JD equivalent). At La Sorbonne, he earned a BA in Philosophy and a post-grad (“Maîtrise”) in the philosophy of science.

Lorenzo also attended University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he earned his LLM (Master’s Degree in Law for foreign lawyers). With over 6 years of experience, he teaches students to engage in the material hands-on and have fun while doing it. Learn more about Lorenzo.

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Clinic Cancellation & 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.


QUESTIONS?

Trainings: Sarah Moss, Mediation and Training Coordinator, smoss@communityboards.org
General inquiries: Jim Garrison, Communications Director, jgarrison@communityboards.org