Mediation, Dialogue & Conflict Skills

Mediation, Dialogue & Conflict Skills


In a world of polarized perspectives, tension, and disagreement, processes and skills to aid in communication, civil dialogue, and conflict resolution are desperately needed. KIPCOR specializes in these processes and skills.

Through a wide variety of workshop trainings, multiple-day courses, and tailored sessions, KIPCOR can help you and your organization or community improve in these processes and skills.

KIPCOR also recognizes that conflict is a regular part of life. When conflict becomes unmanageable or just too tricky for you to navigate on your own, KIPCOR is ready to assist through our staff and associates, and our related training and coaching sessions.

Contact us to explore ways we can partner with you to enhance your skills in dialogue, mediation, or facilitation for those tense and challenging situations we all face.

New Skills Series

KIPCOR has just announced the courses for the 2018 – 2019 Core Skills class. See the list of classes below the poster. Individual classes will be listed in the KIPCOR training calendar as registration opens for each individual class.

KIPCOR Core Skills Classes Spring 2019

January 17 – 6:30-8:30pm Teams that Work
A lot of our workplaces and communities include small groups and teams collaborating on projects and goals. However, avoiding traps of unequal contribution, rubber-stamping leadership, and in-fighting can be trickier than first imagined. Come to learn new tips for addressing these challenges while also maximizing the creative and productive potential of your team.

February 7 – 1:30-4:30pm Hot Topics in Domestic Mediation: Never-Married Parents, with regional expert Kirsten Zerger. (afternoon for mediators and case managers)
Our family dynamics are continually shifting. 40% of never-married parents who were cohabiting when their child was born separate before the child’s 5th birthday, and 50% of never-married parents have never lived together with the child they share. These facts present unique challenges for mediators helping such parents create workable co-parenting relationships and agreements. Come to learn more about these challenges and share your experiences.

February 7 – 6:30-8:30pm Building a Trauma-Informed Culture at Work and Beyond, with regional expert Joyce McEwen Crane.
Creating the most productive and effective environment means creating a safe, collaborative culture where relationships can flourish. By integrating trauma-informed principles into both your work and personal life, you will be better equipped to not only bring your best to every relationship, but to better understand how to connect with others in meaningful and effective, low-conflict ways.

March 7 – 1:30-4:30pm Circle Process for Mediators (afternoon for mediators)
Learn the basics of circle process and how it can improve your mediation practice. Specifically geared for trained mediators.

March 7 – 6:30-8:30pm Common Sense Justice (Restorative Justice 101)
Restorative Justice has increased in popularity and public discourse over the last decade, but what exactly is it? Come to learn about this new – yet ancient – approach to crime and wrongdoing which at its heart is “common sense.” Hear how it is transforming lives and communities across Kansas, the U.S., and the world, and how you can practice restorative justice in your home, work, schools, and community.

Past classes in 2018…

September 13 —  CONFLICT 101
October 11 (afternoon) — Circle Process for Mediators
October 11, (evening) — Communication Skills for Tense Times
November 8, (afternoon) — Workplace Conflict with regional expert, Art Thompson. (postponed)
November 8, (evening) — Facilitating for Productive Public Conversation with regional expert, Donna Schenck-Hamlin. (postponed)
December 6, — Unpacking Diversity Training: A deeper dive toward achieving authentic awareness with visiting expert, Cherise Hairston.