Dan Berstein, MHS is a mediator and trainer known for his work in mental health communication, accessibility, and challenging behaviors. Through his company MH Mediate, Dan provides tools, trainings, and resources to help all kinds of mental health stakeholders talk about mental health, resolve conflicts, and address challenging behaviors in an accessible, non-stigmatizing manner.
Dan has 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 is the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and the co-founder of the Dispute Resolution in Mental Health Initiative at the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College.
Visit https://youtu.be/nstRHTVv0Aw to watch Dan’s TEDxTalk sharing lessons from his personal journey to this work.
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Articles and Video:
How to Help Parties With Disabilities Without Discriminating
When we perceive that someone may have a disability, it is common to think about ways to help that person. But assuming that someone needs help is paternalism, and it can be a form of discrimination.
How to Talk About Mental Health Without Offending Everyone - TEDx
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?
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.