November 12, 2019 06:00 PM - November 12, 2019 08:00 PM
November 2019 Mediation Clinic

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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.


Creating Understanding One Party at a Time


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.


Katharina W. Dress, M.A.
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.


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  • Date & Times: Tuesday, November 12 | 6-8:00pm
  • Location: JAMS, 2 Embarcadero Center Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111 [MAP]
JAMS, 2 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111 [MAP]