Specializing in the design and delivery of transformative, experiential education.

Conflict Transformation

Personal and Professional Development

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Areas of Focus - Facilitation Training - Conflict Facilitation

Conflict between people is a basic and repetitive human experience: internal and external, personal and professional, local and global.  Our lack of education about conflict is conspicuous and leaves us poorly resourced to access the positive possibilities that conflict brings.  Learnings from neuroscience, systems theory and quantum physics tell us that chaos is the route to change and transformation.  This is a highly interactive and experiential workshop which draws on Process Oriented Psychology, complexity and systems theory, emotional intelligence, and transformative learning theory. Through quantum physics and organizational development theory, this programming acknowledges that conflict itself is inherently neither positive nor negative, and that conflict and change are the route to authentic and creative transformation.  The focus is on increasing our understanding of interpersonal conflict, our existing patterns in responding to conflicts, and strengthening our capacity to engage authentically, creatively and consciously with conflict. These skills and awarenesses enable us to engage effectively with conflict, avoid contributing to unnecessary conflicts and in many cases, to prevent conflicts. A framework will be offered for mapping our habitual patterns in conflict response, and experiential processes will be used to identify and articulate emotional triggers.  Issues of power, privilege and rank and how they contribute to all levels of relationship and conflict, from personal to systemic, will also be addressed and explored. 

Participants will gain an increased understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their own responses and strategies to various conflict situations. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on current personal conflict scenarios that they find challenging and through experiential exploration, personalize the techniques being offered. This workshop is open to all but may be of specific interest to managers, consultants, parents, educators, coaches and those in leadership who work with conflict and facilitate change processes. Due to the level of experiential content and the intention to meet the needs of each individual, group size is limited.

Participant limit: Negotiable - smaller group size strengthens learning outcomes.
Program Length: Half-day, 1 day, and 2 day long programs are available.
Logistic Needs: Whiteboard/Chalkboard - Physical space for physical activities and role-playing.
Format: Interactive/Experiential 70% - Presentation/Theory 30%

Conflict Transformation has been presented at:

  • Administrators of Volunteer Resources BC
  • Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies
  • BC School Districts #8, #39, #42, #61
  • BC United Church Youth Ministry Certificate Program
  • Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
  • Canada World Youth
  • Capilano University - Global Stewardship Program
  • Citystudio - Vancouver
  • Conflict Resolution Network of Canada
  • Cowichan Intercultural Society
  • Dusty Flowerpot Theatre Company - Vancouver
  • EDUCO - BC
  • Fraser Health Authority - BC
  • Freedom Quest - Nelson, BC
  • House of I - China
  • IBM China
  • International School of the Americas - Costa Rica
  • I/O Engineering and Design
  • Leadership Development program - The Banff Centre for the Arts
  • Lester B. Pearson United World College, Seminar on Youth Leadership, 2005-2012
  • LOVE - Leave Out Violence - Vancouver
  • Mid-Island Alternate Education Conference - Vancouver Island, BC
  • Next Up Leadership - Calgary, Saskatoon, Vancouver
  • Open Media
  • p.a.u. Education - Spain
  • Portland Hotel Society - Vancouver
  • RADIUS Social Innovation Lab
  • Simon Fraser University - Graduate Student Society
  • Simon Fraser University - Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue
  • Surrey Teachers Association
  • The Family Centre - Lethbridge, Alberta
  • The Haven - BC
  • Vancouver Co-Housing
  • Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival