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33rd Annual Professional Skills Program Launches Online

Every year in June, hundreds of dispute resolution practitioners, government officials, nonprofit leaders, lawyers from across the spectrum, community members, and clergy convene in Malibu for the opportunity to learn from nationally-recognized ADR experts. For thirty-two year, Straus' signature Professional Skills Program (PSP) has offered these participants the opportunity to sharpen their techniques, learn innovative methods, and join a network of colleagues for two-and-a-half days of collaborative learning.

This year aims to be no different, with one exception. In adapting to the challenges posed by COVID-19, Straus has made the decision to move its 33rd Annual Professional Skills Program online.

The Institute has been at the forefront of teaching dispute resolution online, and its experience in this arena will enable for the successful transition of courses online. The distinguished PSP faculty, featuring nationally-recognized experts, will equip participants with timely skills to advance their professional goals.

Foundational courses include include "STAR - A Systemic Approach to Mediation Strategies," taught by Professors Peter Robinson and Shaphan Roberts, "Strategic Negotiation," taught by Professor Tom Stipanowich, and "Mediating Difficult Conflicts: Managing Culture, Gender, and Identity," taught by Professor Singh and his wife, Deep Basraon. PSP also offers niche topics such as Family Law Mediation, Advancing Civility in the Public Sphere, and Conflict Resolution Consulting.

Straus will be hosting a webinar to demystify online learning on Monday, April 13 at 11AM PDT. PSP faculty will explain the general flow of an online classroom and give participants a better sense of the learning environment. Please register here to attend.

Now more than ever, our world needs effective peacemakers, problem solvers, and leaders. Straus encourages everyone to learn more about PSP Online and join us this summer to advance your dispute resolution practice.