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Workshops & Trainings

We all know the old adage about giving someone a fish vs teaching them to fish. I want to teach people how to communicate and engage differently. What I love about my work in mediation, collaborative practice and Conscious Contracts® is the change I see in people as they learn to communicate in a way that is authentic to who they are without putting them in competition with someone else. Contrary to a lot of the messaging we receive, we aren't that different from one another and the biggest needs that come up over and over again are peace and love. By working together in a new way, we are able to redesign our world and unleash the possibility of "yes, and" rather than "either/or". 

Conscious Leadership Workshops

The Conscious Contracts® is about so much more than our written agreements. The agreements are great, but the real power lies in the deep trust and understanding created through development of the touchstone and design of a process to address change and engage disagreement. Or, put another way, how we ensure that we will hold to our word when stress makes us (temporarily) lose our mind.

Workshop topics include

  • Crucial Conversations. Often when we have a tough topic to discuss our default is to try to control the conversation so things don't "out of hand." Ironically, trying to exert control can create the very resistance we are trying to avoid. Communication is strongest when we have trusted relationships. Complex collaborations require us to go deeper, not hold each other at arm's length.  This program teaches participants a new way to engage and collaborate.

  • Spherical Leadership. We are all autonomous and we are all interconnected. Our strongest systems create harmony between these two worlds. Traditional hierarchical leadership serves those at the top. Spherical leadership, like servant leadership, takes into account all stakeholders which in turn strengthens the overall organization so that it can fulfill its vision and mission in the world.

  • Creating Our Personal Touchstone and Operating Agreement of Me. Imagine starting on a new team where each member came to the table authentically and honestly with a clear explanation of who they are, how they work best, and the team support that will help them succeed. This workshop helps participants identify their personal touchstone and how they work best as individuals and on the team.

  •  Creating a Touchstone and ACED. The Touchstone and ACED (process for Addressing Change and Engaging Disagreement) are the primary components of the Conscious Contracts® process. On an organizational level, these ensure alignment throughout the organization and create systems that ensure different areas work in a supportive way rather than in "silos" and provides a process to address and adapt to changing circumstances while staying aligned with the Touchstone.


Conscious Contracts® Trainings

The Conscious Contracts® model is a new paradigm of contract formation that focuses on the potential of people. The model takes a different approach to conventional contracting. Instead of trying to predict and control an uncertain future, it aims to sense and respond to the emerging future. It also helps the parties build trust by fostering collaboration, encouraging creative problem solving, and designing user-centric documents.

This interactive training covers the paradigm shift and basic elements of the Conscious Contracts®.

Collaborative Practice Introductory Training

Collaborative practice takes dispute resolution out of the courthouse and puts the resolution back in the hands of those involved. The practice took off in family law and is now spreading into elder, probate and civil areas of dispute. The Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice training meets the requirements of IACP and is offered several times each year. 

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A better way is possible.

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