JANET COLLINS is a mediator specializing in high conflict and emotionally difficult situations. In addition to doing divorce, post-divorce, unmarried relationship dissolution, and all types of family mediations, Janet does small and large group work including circle-keeping in Minneapolis public schools and facilitating large groups such as condo associations and non-profit board decision-making.
Janet has developed the model of conflict communication called The Tell Me More Gesture and teaches workshops in the method to individuals, couples, and professionals. Janet speaks to large and small groups about this important communication technique. She has recently turned her experience with teaching the method into a book, The Tell Me More Gesture: How & Why to Welcome Conflict. (Pub. June 2018)
Janet has a master’s degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s University and a certificate in Dispute Resolution from Hamline School of Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute. Janet is also trained in transformative mediation, eldercare mediation, circle-keeping, and the social inclusion method for bullying in schools. Janet has been a volunteer-mediator for Conflict Resolution Center in Minneapolis since 2003 and was a board member there from 2004-2011. In 2013 Janet received a Peacemaker of the Year Award from the Minneapolis Public Schools.