Boston Law Collaborative created the BLC Institute in January 2016 to provide training, education, and coaching in all aspects of dispute resolution.

Our programs include:

  • mediation skills – basic and advanced
  • mediation advocacy for lawyers
  • conflict management in the workplace and in public institutions

We offer these trainings – designed to fit the needs of clients – in a variety of formats, such as workshops, seminars, and presentations.

The BLC Institute also organizes lectures, panels, and discussion groups on various topics related to dispute resolution, and distributes written educational materials.

In addition to training and education, the Institute is also engaged in community outreach efforts including the Dorchester-Roxbury Community Mediation Initiative. This initiative grew out of a shared interest among Greater Boston dispute resolution professionals and members of the Roxbury and Dorchester communities in reviving community mediation as a resource for Dorchester and Roxbury. Comprised of individuals from area community mediation centers, academic institutions offering mediation training, and interested community members, our working group has been meeting with individuals and organizations in Dorchester and Roxbury to learn more about existing mediation training and services, and what other services might be of interest.


Managing the Negotiation Within: An Internal Family Systems Training for Mediators & Lawyers (Chicago)

July 8, 2017, 9:00 am – July 9, 2017, 5:00 pm

Boston Law Collaborative Institute and Northwestern Pritzer School of Law invite you to a pioneering workshop for professionals who manage conflict:
When embattled parties come to the mediation or negotiation table, they are often awash in emotions and impulses that make for difficult interactions and impasses. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model provides a language and framework for helping each party identify and speak for the fearful, enraged, or wounded parts of themselves that are driving the conflict, and feel witnessed by the other. Once these behind-the-scenes feelings are revealed, the atmosphere in the room often shifts and the parties are more willing to de-escalate their conflict and discuss their issues from a calmer, more mindful place. In addition, IFS offers mediators and lawyers clear, practical ways to work with their own emotions. No prior IFS training required.
To view a PDF flyer for this workshop, click here.

Faculty: Richard Schwartz, developer of the IFS Model & David Hoffman, Mediator & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School

Day One Agenda

  • Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Training
  • Demonstration of the IFS Model
  • Applying the IFS Model to Mediation:  Role Play 1
  • Group Debrief and Preparation for Day 2

Day Two Agenda

  • Exploring our “Parts” More Deeply: Exiles and Managers
  • Managing Highly Emotional Mediations:  Role Play 2
  • Group Debrief and Demonstrations
  • Final Q&A and Concluding Remarks

Mediation Skills Training for Clergy and Lay Leaders
October 17, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mediation skills can help you more productively engage with Clergy-board negotiations, intra-communal disputes between congregational members, ritual diffierences among and between denominatioins, and theological differences that arise on local interfaith clergy committees. This one-day interactive training will provide religious leaders with an overview of the mediation process. A portion of the program will be devoted to providing participants with the opportunity to practice these skills in simulations involving faith-based conflicts and coached by experienced practitioners. To view a PDF flyer for this workshop, click here

David Hoffman, Rabbi David Jaffe, Audrey Lee, Parisa Parsa, Tom Porter, Rabbi Or Rose, Jeff Seul, and Bob Stains.

Bob Stains and Associates, Conflict Transformation
Boston University School of Theology
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Essential Partners (formerly Public Conversations Project)
The Kirva Institute
The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, Hebrew College
The Pluralism Project, Harvard University

BLC Institute Board of Directors

David Hoffman, President
Karen Richards, Treasurer
Audrey Lee, Clerk
Don Greenstein, Director
James Grumbach, Director

Executive Director

Audrey Lee

Program Administrator

Jenna Goodman