Lisa Davis, LCSW (Ph.D. Candidate)
Lisa Davis Video Introduction

Mediation Style:

  • Promoting effective and balanced communication
  • Building a shared understanding of individuals’ priorities and needs
  • Solution-focused and future-oriented
  • Helping parties identify and negotiate immediate and long term goals and values

Personal Values in Mediation:

  • Helping clients identify their own deeply held values and negotiate steps toward restructuring their future based on these values is the basis of mediating agreements that are mutually beneficial.
  • A focus on the here-and-now with an emphasis on workable goals and a strengths-based perspective can help individuals face difficult situations while developing reslience.
  • Each individual is the expert on their own values and objectives as well as barriers in reaching desired changes. As a therapist and a mediator, my role is to provide information and guidance that enables people to see clearly and generate personal solutions.
  • Constructive dialogue has 4 main ingredients: (1) a willingness to show up and be present, (2) paying attention to what has heart and meaning to you (3) Saying your truth without blame or judgment and (4) remaining open to all outcomes (Ross, 1998).

Mediation Training:

  • 25 hour Divorce Mediation Training, Institute for Conflict Management with Peace Talks Mediation services, Inc.
  • 20 hour Conflict Resolution Training, Family Services of Santa Monica

Mediation Experience:

  • Peace Talks Mediation Services: Therapist Mediator with mediation practice which teams lawyers and family therapists in a cooperative, co-mediator setting to assist families in resolving disputes in a constructive, supportive, effective, informed, and pro-active manner.


  • Adjunct Professor: California State University at Northridge, Master of Social Work program. Taught family and couples therapy including communication and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Clinical Director, Pasadena Mental Health Center. Oversaw therapeutic services and provided therapy for individuals, couples, and families addressing interpersonal relationship issues.
  • Over the past 19 years, as a clinical social worker in mental health settings and private practice, I have worked with individuals, couples, and families facing a variety of difficult life struggles. My work has focused on providing individuals with tools for communication, self-empowerment, growth and change.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Social Work, University of Southern California (2008 to present)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board of Behavioral Sciences (1995)
  • Master of Social Work, University of California at Los Angeles (1992)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Los Angeles (1989)

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Lisa Davis has worked with individuals, couples and famlies facing a variety of difficult life struggles as a clinical social worker for the past 19 years. Lisa worked in community-based mental health center as a clinician, program developer, and clinical director and also taught clinical social work practice at California State University at Northridge. As a therapist mediator, she is committed to the process of constructive dialogue that enables couples and families to resolve disputes in a beneficial manner. Lisa has also recently joined the doctoral program at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. Her research interests revolve around coping and resilience and she has presented at numerous conferences and published articles in academic journals on this topic.