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 Fall 18 – Spring 19

September 13, 6:30-8:30pm CONFLICT 101
Come to learn and build skills in dealing with the everyday realities of conflict – from our families to our workplaces and larger society. Start with the basics of this core competency with KIPCOR’s leading experts. Registration Open

October 11, 1:30-4:30pm Circle Process for Mediators
Learn the basics of circle process and how it can improve your mediation practice. Specifically geared for trained mediators. Registration Open

October 11, 6:30-8:30pm Communication Skills for Tense Times
Tired of hot-button issues dividing your colleagues and social media pages? Frustrated with kitchen-table debates that get nowhere? Come to practice and gain skills in courageous conversations which build relationships rather than divide. Registration Open

November 8, 1:30-4:30pm Workplace Conflict
Conflicts that arise at work can result in a loss of productivity, engagement, wellbeing, and profit. This interactive session will weave together case studies, skills-building, and theory to identify the sources of workplace conflict, intervention options and skills, and introduce a systems approach for building healthy organizations. With regional expert, Art Thompson.

November 8, 6:30-8:30pm Facilitating for Productive Public Conversation
Facilitation combines designing conversational events with assisting in-the-moment interactions among participants. We will use two scenarios to examine the dynamics of what calls for a public discussion, select an appropriate model for shaping the event, and practice a few techniques helpful to conversational flow. We will reflect on what public conversation can produce, at its best, and how co-facilitation works toward those aims. With regional expert, Donna Schenck-Hamlin.

December 6, 6:30-8:30pm Unpacking Diversity Training: A deeper dive toward achieving authentic awareness
Diversity training is a valuable starting place and is an important step on the journey toward increasing awareness of our own and others unique social identities and realities. Unfortunately, we all our challenged by interactional barriers such that undercut our desire to create communities that are welcoming and inclusive of everyone. “Unpacking Diversity Training” will combine group discussion and experiential exercises to explore the values and practices of “holding space for self and others” and “open-minded listening.” Combined, these critical skills can serve as powerful tools to interrupt implicit bias internally and reduce relational harm during interactions with others. With visiting expert, Cherise Hairston.

More classes in 2019…
January 17 – Teams that Work, with regional expert Gregory Cole. (evening)
February 7 – Hot Topics in Domestic Mediation, with regional expert Kirsten Zerger. (afternoon for mediators and case managers)
February 7 – Building a Trauma-Informed Culture at Work and Beyond, with regional expert Joyce McEwen Crane. (evening)
March 7 – Circle Process for Mediators (afternoon for mediators)
March 7 – Common Sense Justice (Restorative Justice 101) (evening)