Dave Joseph, MSW, is the Senior Associate at Essential Partners, after serving as Director of Programs from 2005-2017. He has provided training and consultation in Reflective Structured Dialogue in the US, Nigeria, Liberia, Canada, Greece and Burundi, for more than 10 years. He has designed and facilitated trainings and dialogues about immigration, class, gender, workplace relations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, marriage equality, domestic violence, political differences and many other issues in the United States. His international work has focused on promoting interfaith coexistence and collaboration; reintegration of former fighters in post-conflict situations; immigration; and restoring and enhancing community resilience in post-conflict situations.

Dave is also an experienced mediator, facilitator and consultant, who has designed meetings, conferences and strategic initiatives within human service organizations and educational institutions. He is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders and serves on its Executive Committee. Previously, he cofounded and served as the Executive Director of the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. His background also includes having directed mental health and addictions treatment programs at community mental health centers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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What's the best thing about being a practitioner?

The best thing about being a practitioner is the opportunity to work with inspired and inspiring partners, who are committed to preserving and strengthening their beloved community. It’s been a privilege to partner with so many amazing individuals, whose deep commitment and passion to enhance their community’s resilience has made a difference in so many lives.