Elaine Shpungin Ph.D., founder and director of Conflict 180, has spent more than 25 years exploring how we can:

  • communicate more effectively across differences
  • address structural inequities and power-imbalances
  • create conditions that increase resilience in our lives
  • turn stuck conflicts into opportunities for learning and restoration
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NEW 14-week PROGRAM facilitated by Elaine
Starts January 2021 (Enrolling Now)
Follow this link to learn more about the program or sign up.


I continue to offer individual coaching and group workshops in 2021. See below.

What Do You Want To Improve Today?


Choose from a popular menu of workshop and presentation modules such as “Introduction to Conflict Styles”, “Effective Apologies”, and “Giving Difficult Feedback” – or work with Elaine to design a custom presentation or series based on your needs.


Elaine’s leadership coaching and conflict consultations support clients in accessing their courage, clarity, and acumen in difficult situations. Schedule an introductory session to get a feel for her approach. Content of sessions is completely private and confidential.


Browse academic articles about conflict, communication, and restorative justice written by Elaine and her partner, Mikhail. You can also check out Elaine’s blog pieces below, take a look at her newsletter archives, or print out her free handouts and tools.

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What clients are saying


“As a leadership coach, Elaine can both support and challenge my thinking. When I need to process something more deeply, usually related to a conflict, Elaine can help me work through tough issues allowing me to align to my core values. When I need another perspective, I consult with Elaine. She will ask the right questions, allowing me see things more clearly. She gives feedback without judgement helping me to understand a situation more clearly. Elaine’s leadership style is to partner with me to solve challenging issues. She worked with me to create stronger systems within my organization. Whether it is through executive coaching, offering trainings to the group, or facilitating dialogue, I can rely on Elaine to get us to the next steps.Practicing restorative leadership can be difficult without the right supports. Elaine never made me feel alone in that journey; with her experience in restorative practices, Elaine has helped me create systems to align with my beliefs and the organization’s values.” 

— Donna Kaufman, Assistant Superintendent Regional Office of Education 9

“Elaine’s consultation and coaching played a critical role in cultivating and deepening my leadership skills. Elaine was intentional in developing tailored and strategic consultation, and in doing so, provided meaningful and goal oriented outcomes. She incorporates research and best practices into her consultation, and at the same time, coached me to use my personal strengths in practicing new skills. Because of this, I was able to stay true to myself, yet grow in my leadership role.”

Lyndsey Trout, Director, ACTIONS program (at time of consult)



“Loved your humor and specific stories – both success and ‘failures’. It was a perfect mix and kept us engaged. This was life changing stuff. Really.”

“Most helpful was acceptance of ideas and encouragement to participate with positive feedback. Enjoyed the presentation – biggest takeaway was the underlying values and conflict styles. Great presentation with really helpful ideas to try out.”

“Preparing for Difficult Conversation was great  – because it helps you think through feelings and what you are hoping for”

“It was helpful to understand the pros and cons of each conflict style – what needs are being met”

“It helps me feel hopeful about truly working on the conflicts we encounter in school.”

“It was very informative and I learned how to utilize my Restorative skills more effectively.”

“It taught me how to get the root of things vs. automatically going off actions and feelings… The way you presented yourself was wonderful.”

“It was very helpful because it took the situation or circumstances a little deeper, provided space for better understanding.”

“Thank you. Lots of great examples and moments of humor. :)”