November 06, 2021 09:30 AM - November 07, 2021 06:00 PM
Beyond the Basics

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November 6&7, Saturday & Sunday

9:30am-6:00pm PDT
Online via Zoom


Beyond the Basics is the next step in building the skills you learned in The Basics of Mediation. This two-day training is highly recommended for mediators interested in expanding and enhancing their skills. It is also appropriate for new and experienced mediators that want to refresh their skills.


Through interactive participation, skills practice, and multiple role plays, you will come away with enhanced tools and techniques you can use in both your professional and personal lives.


The topics covered will include:

  • Impasse
  • The Storm Out
  • Advanced Listening Skills
  • Power Imbalances
  • Closer looks at Positions, Interests, Needs & Strategies
  • Understanding Cultural Humility, Values & the Mediator's Role
  • Panel Dynamics with Co-mediators
  • Refresher in the Community Boards Model of Mediation

MCLE Credits: This course is approved by the State Bar of California for 14 MCLE credits including 3 credits for the Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society (provider #9323). $50 processing fee required. You can pay online here: Click to make MCLE payment.


Donald Proby
Donald, currently a doctoral scholar in educational leadership with an emphasis on cross cultural conflict transformation, has been a mediator, restorative justice practitioner, and conflict resolution trainer for over 35 years. He has worked in government, social services, nonprofit leadership, and public and holistic health arenas.


Donald also works with multiple Bay Area organizations to advance peace and community building. Donald has been co-leading our Basics of Mediation training since 2011. His approach to adult education involves holding space where learners are encouraged to engage with their natural curiosity, explore, experiment, and master the content through transformative embodied experiences. Donald works to create an environment where risk taking is encouraged and the collective experience is engaging.

Karen H. Lipney
As Community Boards ADR Programs Director, Karen oversees the day-to-day operations of programs including mediation, conflict coaching, facilitation and training, training and supervising volunteers, as well as maintaining crucial relationships that forward the mission and values of Community Boards. She is a trainer, mediator, facilitator, conflict coach and is a co-trainer of the Basics of Mediation.


Karen draws on years of experience working for a national labor union and before that, as an attorney. In a career transition, Karen focused on mediation to expand her skills and experience. In 2014, Karen began to volunteer her time for Community Boards as a Community Mediator, Conflict Coach, and Facilitator. In 2016 she joined the staff as the Outreach Coordinator. She was raised in San Francisco and giving back to the community is part of her family heritage.

Online via Zoom