Empowered Communication: Speaking Your Truth with Compassion
October 26–28, 2017
This retreat is the first part of a two-part workshop. Click here to learn about Part 2: Transformative Mediation: Supporting Others in Constructively Dealing with Disagreements.
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.
Participants in this workshop have the option to continue on with the 2.5 day program: Transformative Mediation: Supporting Others in Constructively Dealing with Disagreements. This workshop is the prerequisite for the mediation training. To register for both this program and the Transformative Mediation workshop click here.
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.