Spring Half Day Virtual Conference – March 24th

AFCC- MN Spring Half Day Conference –
Creative Approaches for ADR in Diverse Communities

March 24, 2023 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CST Virtual

CLE and CEU credits: pending


Professionals are given many learning opportunities and helpful information to inform us about working with clients. Recent literature, presentations, and other learning opportunities have provided guidance on topics such as resist/refuse dynamics, domestic violence, cultural knowledge, diversity, and coordinating services amongst professionals. However, the challenge is often being able to apply the information to our current ways of practice. Many of us leave the information at the door or take one or two items when the knowledge could be very useful in our most challenging cases. In this conference, we will hear about creative approaches to family conflict—approaches that may not be identified in Rule 114, but from which we can learn more creative options to conflict resolution.  We will also leave this conference with more sensitivity to cultural and religious influences on the ADR clients we serve.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this half-day conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three conflict interventions that have been used historically and uniquely in diverse communities.
  2. Adapt current conflict intervention strategies to reflect more creative approaches.
  3. Analyze the influence on clients of culture, religion, race, traditions, customs, beliefs, and values and incorporate those factors into ADR and other practices.
  4. Create mechanisms for reducing barriers to access to ADR services.


  • 9:00 Welcome, Introductions
  • 9:15 Speaker Presentations
  • 10:45 Break
  • 11:00 Case Discussion with panel
  • 11:30 Q&A
  • 12:00 Adjourn


Jennifer Garrido Santos, M.A., LMFT

Lisa Xiong, M.A., LMFT.
Lisa Xiong holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Science from the College of St. Catherine. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, registered play therapist, and director of clinical services for Change Inc.’s school based mental health program, Community & School Collaborative (CSC), and outpatient clinic. She spent 10 years in school based mental health providing school-based prevention, early intervention, and mental health services in urban schools. As the Director of Clinical Services, Lisa offers mentorship, training, and supervision for mental health practitioners and professionals. Lisa specializes in working with children, families, and adults who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, challenges adjusting to life changes, relational issues, self-esteem, and exploration of intersectional identity. Lisa is also an advocate for social justice and equity in the mental health field.  Lisa dedicates her time to BIPOC mental health workforce development. She is a systemic and relational healer that takes a strength based, trauma informed, and culturally responsive approach. Lisa believes healing is self-paced. She also believes that therapy can be fun and a fun brain is a learning brain.

KC Gammage, MFT Doctorate Candidate
KC is a doctoral candidate at North Central University pursuing her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She holds a certificati  on in the first level of Internal Family Systems; has presented for the MN MAMFT Conference, and has been a guest speaker for MFT and Undergraduate Psychology at St. Cloud State University of Minnesota. She specializes in bringing healing to chaotic environments and is not afraid to interrupt patterns that have led to breakdown in family and martial systems.  She has also been working as a domestic violence relief advocate for the Harriet Tubman Center in Minneapolis for the past 11 years and has a multitude of trainings and group experiences on relational pattern identification and healing groups for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual exploitation.

She enjoys music and expressing herself through spoken word poetry. She is also “chef curry with the pot” and enjoy cooking and hosting events at her home with her close circle of friends. She also loves traveling to different countries.

Maureen Erickson-Robertshaw, Mediator, Custody Evaluator, PC
Maureen is a family law mediator, custody evaluator, parenting consultant, international trainer on mediation and intimate partner violence, and parenting time expeditor. She has worked primarily with survivors of intimate partner violence and their children for many years. Her main focus is on helping families, especially high conflict families, function in a healthier way that is tailored to serve their individual needs. She teaches law students internationally on intimate partner violence dynamics and mediation and is one of only two American mediators appointed to be on the Global Advisory Board for MediateGuru. She has studied at Harvard University, the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, Cornell University, and the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She holds a seat on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution’s Council and is on the Youth Intervention Program Association’s Training Committee.

Rabbi Irvin Wise