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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 co-founder of The Family Dinner Project, consults to the Interpersonal Skills Component of the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School, serves on the Executive Board of The Democracy Imperative and as a Guest Scholar-Practitioner for Kansas State University’s Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement program. He has also recently been Adjunct Faculty at the Dispute Resolution Institutes of both Pepperdine and Hamline Universities' Schools of Law 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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