Elizabeth ClemantsElizabeth Clemants is a mediator, educator, circle keeper, coach and shaman. In each of these roles, Elizabeth integrates the skills and theory of conflict resolution in her support of individuals in their personal and professional growth. She has a private mediation practice and regularly conducts mediation trainings for various skill levels. She works with people one-on-one as a coach and, on a deeper and more spiritual level, as a shaman.  She holds circles, specializing in using restorative justice practices to help others heal from harm, as well as resolve conflicts.  She works in various locations around the country in all of these roles, and has an office in lower Manhattan.

Elizabeth first heard the words “conflict resolution” in connection with a professional career while serving in the United State Peace Corps. She worked and lived in a squatter settlement in the foothills of San Jose, Costa Rica called Los Guidos de Desamparados – a place tourist never see, and police would never go. She lived there from 1994 and returned a RPCV in 1996.

She was assigned to the project Urban Youth Development where she helped kids living in the street reconnect to the community and their families. Here, the community resolved their own disputes and the amazing people of Los Guidos de Desamparados gave Elizabeth one of the most formidable experiences of her life. These experiences continues to light many aspects of the work she does today.

On her return to the United State, Elizabeth immediately enrolled in Columbia University – School of Social Work, and received her MSW in 1998 with a Law Minor. Her intention was to work with the intersection of social work and the law. She received her basic mediation training from Carol Liebman at Columbia Law School in her second year of graduate studies and spent a year interning at IMCR – the state funded community mediation program in the Bronx, where she was certified as a mediator in 1997.

After graduation, she went to work at Safe Horizon as the Director of the Manhattan Mediation Center and was later the Senior Director of the Safe Horizon Mediation Programs overseeing both the Manhattan and Brooklyn programs (now the New York Peace Institute).  She worked there from 1998-2004.  In 2000, she became a certified mediation trainer – a certification she still holds, administered by the New York State Unified Court System Office of ADR and Court Improvement Programs.

In 2004, Elizabeth left Safe Horizon and opened Planning Change – an boutique ADR training center.  Elizabeth is committed to giving high quality intense training in mediation, so that her students come out of the training with a high level of skill in the field, and ready to begin their practice as mediators.  Planning Change also holds Restorative Justice Training, bringing in Kay Pranis twice a year to teach, as well as having other advanced and intensive training in circle keeping.

Elizabeth began to train in the healing practice of shamanism in 2007 after she met and had a profound life changing experience with a shaman in New York City.  She went on to study at the Four Winds Society.  Since then, she has trained with various healers and shaman throughout the Americas, and has a thriving shaman practice where she sees clients in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco and other locations.

She also completed a certification program in coaching from The Coaches Training Institute and received a Relationship and Systems Coaching certification from the Center for Right Relationship in 2005.  She has studied in different fields in order to bring that knowledge back to the field of dispute resolution.  She has developed a unique perspective on conflict throughout her years, and spends time develop new innovative interventions for resolving the conflicts we face as a community.

She currently lectures on many related subjects throughout the year.  Training and teaching is one of her most rewarding endeavors, and to that end, she has worked as an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Cardozo Law School, The New School for Social Research and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School.  She speaks and trains in schools, religious institutions, private events, conferences, corporations, non-for-profits, and the court systems.

In 2015, Elizabeth founded Hidden Water, a non-for-profit committed to working to end intra familial child sexual abuse.  Hidden Water is a restorative justice response that works with the individuals in a family system to address accountability, healing, and moving forward in a powerful and healthy way.  Elizabeth is both founder and president of the board of directors for this organization.

Elizabeth has been an active member of the ADR community in New York City since 1997.  She has served on many committee, worked with many organizations, and has spoken at hundreds of events and conferences.  She served as the president of the Association of Conflict Resolution – Greater New York Chapter (ACR-GNY) from 2012 – 2014, a board she  served on from 2007 – 2016.

Elizabeth lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.