Empowered Communication and Transformative Mediation: Supporting Others in Constructively Dealing with Disagreements
October 26–30, 2017
Join us for two engaging workshops rolled into one transformative retreat.
Part 1 • Empowered Communication: Speaking Your Truth with Compassion
What makes it hard to be our best selves in difficult conversations? Why do we walk away feeling regret or disappointment, not only in the outcome but in ourselves? This program invites participants to take a deeper look at what matters to them in conflict and gain clarity about how to show up differently in challenging situations. Based on a transformative understanding of conflict, we will examine common human reactions to difficult communications, consider what guides our behavior in these moments, and develop practical strategies for responding deliberately. The workshop will include self-reflection, group discussions, and scenario practice, as well as time to consider the connections between this course and Buddhist teachings
In this program we will:
- examine common human reactions to difficult communications
- consider what guides our behavior in these moments
- develop practical strategies for responding deliberately
- redefine what is meant by success
- learn how to respond with greater self-awareness, by considering self and other, rather than reacting
The workshop will include self-reflection, small and large group discussions, and scenario practice.
Part 2 • Transformative Mediation: Supporting Others in Constructively Dealing with Disagreements
Whether at work, home or in community organizations, difficult interactions can negatively affect relationships and outcomes. The ability to mediate, to get “in the middle” and support others in talking through their differences, can improve communication, teamwork, and trust. Participants will build on the understanding gained in the earlier workshop, to consider how the transformative framework applies to the role of mediator, including the relationship between a mediator’s motives and the interventions used in practice. Participants will also develop and practice the basic skills necessary for the practice of transformative mediation. This skills-based workshop will provide opportunities for small group practice and role plays and include direct feedback from trainers and their assistants.
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Janet Mueller has been a mediator and trainer for the Dayton Mediation Center since 1997. She is a Certified Transformative Mediator and Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, a think tank organization. Janet earned her MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, and BA in Applied Conflict Management from Kent State.