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Lively and interactive workshops offer the most contemporary, distinctive and innovative training services in the conflict resolution field, based on the premises of the transformative approach to conflict. All training programs are based upon the complementary principles of empowerment (facilitating and supporting the considered, deliberate decision-making of the parties) and recognition (highlighting opportunities for voluntary interpersonal perspective-taking and understanding). These principles, so simple to understand yet so challenging to transfer to practice, guide the content of each training program as well as the training process itself.

Who will benefit from our training workshops?

  • Beginning mediators who want to practice from a transformative framework.
  • Practicing mediators who are interested in strengthening their practice
  • Practicing mediators who want to prepare for certification awarded by the Institute
  • Business and other professionals who want to enhance and strengthen their conflict communication skills.
  • Anyone interested in increasing their understanding of conflict from a relational world view.

Courses : Click a course title for more details

Basic Mediation Training – The Transformative Approach to Mediation

Participants will gain an understanding of the theory and basic skills necessary for the practice of transformative mediation which includes:

  • Understanding transformative conflict theory and the concepts of empowerment and recognition.
  • An understanding of the relationship between a third party intervener’s motivations and the interventions used in practice;
  • The skills to focus on and attend to the moment-by-moment interactions of the participants;
  • The ability to truly facilitate and engage in non-directive interventions which respect the participants’ competence and good faith;
  • The capacity to take a responsive rather than directive or evaluative role in intervention.

Length: 3 days

Advanced Transformative Mediation Training for Specific Populations

Each advanced training in context-specific mediation teaches participants to practice in ways that support a specific population. Participants consider the needs of referral sources as well as clients and learn to support party decision-making even when options are constrained by law or policy. Trainees will learn the application of transformative mediation skills in the specific context, as well as how transformative mediators navigate its specific practice challenges. For those who have completed the Basic Transformative Mediation Training, or can be combined and offered with Basic Training. Advanced training is available for:

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Custody and Visitation Mediation
  • Elder Mediation
  • Parent-Teen Mediation
  • Mediating Teen Status Offenses (PINS, CHINS, etc.)

Length: 3 days

Transformative Mediation Practice: A Master Class

This advanced workshop is designed for practitioners who have completed basic transformative mediation training. The focus is on three different types of challenges: challenges that stem from our personal disposition and mindsets, challenges that arise from the cognitive demands of the model, and challenges we face in enacting the core communication skills of transformative practice. The training will draw from participants’ own experience in conducting their mediation work across dispute settings, as well as providing personalized feedback from simulations that are conducted during the workshop.
Length: 1 or 2 days

Transformative Skills Intensive Workshop

This advanced workshop allows mediators to increase their skills by watching themselves in action. The workshop begins with a review of the core activities and key skills of transformative mediation. Participants are then videotaped while role-playing. Role play group watch the video-tapes, while the trainer or coach provides feedback to the mediator. Videotapes created may be submitted to the Institute as part of an application process to become a Certified Transformative Mediator™. Certified Transformative Mediators™ are listed on the Institute website and receive priority on some privately maintained rosters for corporate and governmental clients.
Length: varies based on number to be videotaped

Facilitating Groups: Choices, Strategies and Tools that Enhance Participation and Support Success

Facilitators assist groups in corporations, non-profits, educational institutions and government with planning and internal deliberations as well as with interactions with external constituencies. When these facilitators practice with clarity of intention and purpose, they support a group’s ability to enhance participation, manage diverse perspectives, improve decision-making, and assure implementation. Participants learn methods for structuring interactions so that groups of all sizes, from 10 to 100, can effectively participate in a range of planning and decision-making activities. This workshop is recommended for mediators interested in expanding their work to groups, municipal staff responsible for interfacing with the public, organizational leaders committed to involving constituencies in decision making, and all others who want to deepen their abilities to productively and creatively guide group deliberations.
Length: 2 to 3 days

Facilitating Team Development

This workshop introduces a transformative approach to team development. Effective team building in organizations often needs to focus on the transformation of the team’s communication and interpersonal interaction. Difficult conflicts and differences among team members often stand in the way of successful performance or personal satisfaction. As a result, teams frequently have difficulty addressing issues or changing patterns of interaction without external intervention and support. Those who conduct team-building interventions can work within a framework that places the transformation of the team’s interaction as the focus of the work. This training is built on the assumption that effective team development requires that practitioners have a clear vision of the third party’s role in supporting team dialogue, advanced group facilitation skill, and an understanding of how organizational culture and climate impact the design of team development work.
Length: 2 days

Purpose Driving Practice: The Ideological Foundations of Third Party Intervention

This training explores the ideological bases of third party conflict intervention. The training examines how implicit assumptions about the nature of conflict, human capability, and human interaction shape and define various forms of conflict intervention work. Special attention is given to ideological assumptions underlying problem solving, harmony, and transformative approaches to mediation practice. By studying the ideological roots of various approaches to conflict intervention, practitioners are able to approach their work without relying simply on the acquisition of intervention tools and techniques. Rather, they are able to rely on the link between purpose and practice – how core ideological assumptions drive the choices practitioners make when intervening in conflicts.
Length: 3 days

Rethinking Conflict: Popular Culture and the Relational Orientation to Conflict

Our popular culture is rich with vivid depictions of relational, transformative approaches to human difference and conflict. Although negative images may dominate, transformative depictions of conflict are also found in popular film, television and literature—and they find an enthusiastic audience. They reflect a societal urge to move beyond self-centered, individualistic ways. We will examine portrayals of transformative conflict in film and other media, and reflect on how our personal mindsets about conflict resonate with these cultural messages:

  • What do depictions in popular film and media tell us about how people want to and can respond to conflict?
  • How is the balance between strength of self and connection to others conveyed when conflict is portrayed relationally?
  • Can greater awareness of transformative imagery in popular culture support a relational vision of conflict in mediation practice, and in our daily lives?

Length: 2 days

Transformative Mediator Assessment Training

This two-day training is designed for mediation program managers and others who have a thorough understanding of transformative mediation and who have responsibility for assessing and improving the practice of transformative mediators under their supervision. Participants will learn a process for assessing key components of transformative practice while observing a live mediation. The process was designed for formative purposes (mediator improvement) but may also be used for summative purposes (mediator competency decisions). The goals of this workshop include:

  • Understanding the goals of formative and summative assessment.
  • Recognizing competent transformative mediation practice.
  • Coaching mediators during training and role plays.
  • Conducting an assessment discussion with a mediator after a mediation session.

Length: 2 days

Transformative Dialogue

Transformative Dialogue is a process in which a third party works with a community or group in conflict to change the quality of interactions between members, affecting how individuals understand and react to the situations they find themselves in and allowing them to deal with their differences in constructive and non-violent ways. Transformative Dialogue is a process shaped by the parties not the intervener. Developing and running a Transformative Dialogue involves much more than facilitating large inter-group interactions. The training details the different ways in which an intervener interacts with a community as s/he introduces the process, helps community members determine what needs to be discussed, whether they are ready to interact with those who disagree with them, how to shape those discussions, and how to respond to any externally imposed boundaries or mandates. It teaches the core skills used in one-on-one interactions as well as how they are adapted when facilitating interactions with small, homogeneous groups and large, heterogeneous groups. It includes an overview of the monitoring and evaluation process and how it can be done in ways that document relational changes.

Transformative Dialogue training can be done for individuals interested in learning to facilitate the process as independent third parties or for community-based organizations or NGOs interested in incorporating dialogue in their work.

Length: 4 to 5 days