Dan Berstein is a mediator and trainer known for his work in mental health communication, accessibility, and challenging behaviors. Through his company, MH Mediate, Dan has trained mediators in over a dozen states and practitioners at a wide variety of organizations and government agencies.
Dan holds a master’s degree in Mental Health and certificate in Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as well as a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School. He sat on the Mediator Advisory Board of the New York Peace Institute and is Vice Chair of the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. In collaboration with the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, Dan hosted New York City's first National Dialogue on Mental Health event and is developing more resources focused on conflict resolution and mental health.
How to Talk About Mental Health Without Offending Everyone - TEDx(08/11/17)
Mediator Dan Berstein shares his journey to being open with his bipolar disorder, and how conflict resolution skills can help us overcome barriers to having conversations about mental health. In this profound story, learn how to get past the assumptions, paternalism, and stigma to make room for the other person's story and connect.
When Conflict Resolvers Collide - How Do We Respond?(02/09/17)
In the wake of the 2016 election, the New York City Dispute Resolution listserv became overwhelmed by internal conflicts. This article introduces the listserv and the controversy, and provides a framework for understanding and addressing the challenging behavior.