Katharina W. Dress, M.A.
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Aging in Harmony
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1407 Ward Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
Description of Practice
Since I founded Aging in Harmony in 2007, I have supported older adults and their families and caregivers who are struggling with conflicts about the future of their aging loved ones’ care and estate. No matter whether you are just starting to discuss later life plans or are already facing end of life challenges, my mediation services can help you understand each other’s views and reach agreements that meet the needs of everyone involved – in person, by phone or online via Zoom.
During 30+ years as a facilitator, I have guided large community-based organizations through highly emotional meetings and supported families facing challenging decisions associated with the aging process. I'm also an experienced trainer and coach for classes and workshops teaching skills in intercultural and/or nonviolent communication, conflict management, and mediating with older adults.
In addition to my specialty of Elder Mediation, I have led numerous Community Mediations, as well as court-based Guardianship and Civil Harassment mediations. I also serve on the Civil Court Mediation Panel of the Superior Court of Alameda County.
I am a member of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), where I have served as Finance Chair of the Elder Mediation Section.
|June 2005||Dr. Marvin Schwartz||Mediation for Conflict Management (35 hrs.)|
|October 2007||Montgomery County Mediation Ctr.||Elder Mediation (26 hrs.)|
|2009-2019||John Kinyon and Ike Lasater||Mediate Your Life (400 hrs.)|
|July 2019||Colin Rule||Mediating Online (17 hrs.)|
$ 300/hr. for mediation with 2-3 parties, additional for multy party mediations sliding scale available
Areas of Practice
- Community (30 mediated)
- Cross Cultural (10 mediated)
- Elder (30 mediated)
- Estate Planning (10 mediated)
- Family (10 mediated)
- Landlord - Tenant (5 mediated)
- Online Mediation (5 mediated)
- Communication Skills Trainer
- Mediation Trainer
- Conflict Coach
- Online Mediator