About


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MH Mediate was founded in 2012 to provide trainings, tools, and consulting services focused on four key areas:

  • Mental Health Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Accessibility (and Disability Accommodations)
  • Challenging Behaviors

MH Mediate also provides mediation services for personal and professional matters.  MH Mediate has provided programs for universities, workplaces, housing providers, dispute resolvers, and mental health stakeholders throughout the United States.

 

Who We Are

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Dan Berstein
Founder

Dan Berstein, MHS is a mediator and trainer known for his work in mental health communication, conflict resolution, and accessibility. His specialty is applying conflict resolution best practices to help organizations have empowered communication.  Dan has a master’s degree in Mental Health and certificate in Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he founded a Conflict Resolution Training Project through the JHU Social Innovation Lab. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Wharton Research Scholar.

Dan is a mediator, conflict coach, and former Mediator Advisory Board member at the New York Peace Institute. He is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution’s Diversity Committee, where he also leads the Mediation Committee in its diversity efforts and in its development of a best practices toolkit. Dan is public with his bipolar disorder as part of the Stability Network’s efforts to change the conversation about workplace mental health.

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Jura Augustinavicius
Senior Trainer (Emeritus)

Jura is a Doctoral student in Public Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Jura has helped design MH Mediate’s conflict Resolution Trainings for mental health service users and was an integral part of our project funded by the Johns Hopkins University’s Social Innovation Lab offering low-literacy conflict resolution training to peers in substance abuse and psychiatric rehabilitation programs in Baltimore City. 
 
Jura holds a Masters of Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Masters of Science degree in Cell and Systems Biology from the University of Toronto. 

 

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Dr. Maria Volpe
Director of CUNY Dispute Resolution Center
Advisor and Organizational Partner

Dr. Volpe is the renowned director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College (CUNY DRC).  The CUNY DRC has partnered with MH Mediate to co-sponsor a wide range of community meetings and dialogue events at John Jay College.  MH Mediate also collaborates with Dr. Volpe to seek mental health mediation grants, such as the Dispute Resolution in Mental Health Initiative funded by the AAA-ICDR Foundation and a grant from the NY State Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund to create the Talking Mental Health Toolkit.

 

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Internship Program

MH Mediate has hosted dozens of interns since its inception in 2012.  Our interns are screened to have a genuine passion for conflict resolution and/or mental health.  Without their support, we would not have been able to advance our research projects or host the first NYC National Dialogue on Mental Health event. 

To learn more about our internship program, visit mhmediate.com/interns

 

Recent Conference Keynotes and Presentations

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Mental Health Conferences

  • Mental Health Stigma Conference (Keynote Remarks – Columbia Teachers College, 2016)
  • All Ivy League Mental Health Conference (Keynote Remarks – University of Pennsylvania, 2016)
  • International Association for Peer Supporters (2016)
  • Behavioral Health Peers Conference (2016, 2015)
  • New York City Peer Specialist Conference (2017, 2016, 2013)
  • Alternatives Conference (2017)
  • Temple University Community Inclusion Summit (2017)

Conflict Resolution Conferences

  • American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution (2017)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (National) (2016, 2013)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York (2012, 2014)
  • Academy for Professional and Family Mediators (2013)

 

 

Some Past Clients

 

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