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Robert Stains, MEd

Senior Associate
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Bob Stains is a Senior Associate at Essential Partners, having previously served as Senior Director of Training.

For the past 23, years Bob has created constructive conversations on sexual orientation, religion, race, abortion, social class, gender, firearms, and other divisive issues within and between local, national and international organizations. He trains other senior practitioners in Essential Partners' Reflective Structured Dialogue approach, is a frequent conference and university speaker and provides consultation to academic, civic and religious leaders in the US and abroad.

Bob is a Visiting Researcher at the Boston University School of Theology, Adjunct Professor at Mitchell-Hamline School of Law and is a frequent trainer at Baylor U School of Law and Hebrew College. In addition, Bob is a Book Review Editor for the journal Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry, serves on the Executive Board of The Democracy Imperative and is an active member of Mediators Beyond Borders International. He was a co-founder of The Family Dinner Project and consulted to the Interpersonal Skills Component of the Harvard Negotiation Project for 14 years. Bob has also been Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law as well as Harvard Divinity School and was one of the original mediator trainers for the USPS REDRESS mediation program.

In addition to his work with Essential Partners, Bob maintains a private conflict transformation practice in Danvers, MA.

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