Overview and Mission:

The Transformative model and its implications for conflict intervention were first described in The Promise of Mediation by Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, published in 1994 and articulated once again in the revised edition of The Promise of Mediation in 2005.


The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation owes its beginnings to a group of leading scholars and practitioners who sought to influence individual and societal views of conflict. Conflict is primarily about being different and thinking differently, testing individuality and self-determination, risking the relationship and human connections we naturally value and need. It is about how we impact one another as we state our needs and differences. It is this relational view of conflict that has come to be known commonly as the transformative approach to conflict.

Since founding the Institute in 1999, leaders in the field have worked to study and promote the understanding of conflict processes and intervention from the transformative framework. Through various projects and initiatives, the Institute has become the nation’s premier center of expertise on the transformative framework. Its work provides critically needed research, educational resources and training based on relational premises.

The Institute is a not-for-profit corporation that works to produce educational resources, materials and services for the conflict resolution field and the public generally. It seeks to influence collective responses to diversity and differences in a way that can transform conflict from a negative, destructive, and sometimes violent event to a positive and constructive experience.


The mission of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation is to study and promote the understanding of conflict processes and intervention from the transformative framework by:

* Conducting research;
* Developing publications;
* Developing and disseminating educational and training materials, resources and programs;
* Presenting education and training programs for educational institutions, agencies, corporations and other public or private organizations;
* Organizing conferences, workshops, and seminars; and
* Developing a network of researchers, mediators, trainers, and teachers who understand and promote the transformative framework for conflict intervention.

For more information please review our “Transformative Framework”