Have you ever wanted to help people deal with conflict? Join Missouri State’s Center for Dispute Resolution to find out more about peer mediation, becoming a mediator, and joining our training in the spring semester!
For more information contact the CDR at 417-836-8831 or CDR@MissouriState.edu, or just drop in on Thursday to visit with us!
Center Director and Communication professor Dr. Char Berquist is currently being featured in Missouri State’s “Minds Eye” publication, which highlights outstanding research at the University. Check out the article and video at http://tinyurl.com/ndo94ua
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CDR Director Dr. Charlene Berquist and Associate Director Heather Blades will be leading a short-term study aboard trip to Ireland this coming summer, 2016.
This 3-credit hour course focuses on the study of conflict and reconciliation in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The group will travel to Dublin, Belfast, and Derry on June 15-26th and visit a variety of sites related to Irish history the “the Troubles.” Students will have the opportunity to:
The Center for Dispute Resolution is coordinating a peer mediation training for college students. This training will cover a variety of topics, including the causes and dynamics of conflict, listening skills, negotiation theory, interests vs. positions, getting at the real goals in a conflict, how diversity and power impact conflict, mediation techniques and much more!
Last year the CDR piloted a peer mediation program in area high schools – this year we are expanding the program to additional middle and high schools in Springfield.
This expansion provides an exciting opportunity for trained college students to mentor budding “peer mediators” in these schools. As a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to mediate selected cases in these schools and to coach and support high-school and middle-school peer mediators.
About Guys’ Gathering Circles
Guys’ Gathering groups bring together 6-10 boys with two college-aged facilitators each week for 8 weeks for 1-2 hours. These meetings provide an action-oriented context where participants can explore the positive and not-so-positive definitions of masculinity and how these expectations impact their own diverse identities. Each Gathering group meeting follows the same format, which includes a warm up activity, a check-in with each participant, a focused activity exploring the weekly topic, and a reflection and group dialogue component. Topics explored include:
The male “box”
Safe expression of emotions
Defining power from multiple perspectives
Becoming allies with girls and women
Mentoring and making a difference with others
Making safe and healthy decisions for themselves
Guys’ Gathering is…
Honesty – The gathering circle is a space where boys can honestly examine the messages that define what it means to be a “man” and express themselves at their own pace.
Respect – The gathering circle encourages boys’ respect for themselves and for others
Leadership – The gathering circle provides boys with positive role models who share leadership responsibilities and encourage youth to make wise decisions.
Strength – The gathering circle strengthens boys by building protective factors and developing resiliency and self-confidence.
The CDR has launched its own YouTube Channel. This channel will be a place to share news about the CDR, feature students in the conflict certificate programs, and share the work of students, including student projects from the Ireland short term study abroad course. Check out the channel and subscribe today at http://tinyurl.com/oeleugq
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The CDR is pleased to announce our slate of workshops to be offered in the fall and spring as a part of our Campus Conflict Workshop series! These sessions are designed especially for Missouri State University faculty, staff, and students. We encourage you to mark your calendars now for these sessions. Download a printable flyer here.
These workshops are open to the public. Missouri State faculty and staff are encouraged to register for these workshops online via MyLearningConnection.
Ask yourself these questions as you plan your fall:
Are you interested in building your communication, facilitation, and conflict skills?
Do you have a passion for helping youth, particularly girls and young women?
Would you like a meaningful volunteer opportunity?
Would you enjoy connecting with other college-aged women with similar interests?
Would you benefit from an outstanding resume-building experience?
If you answered “yes”…
Consider taking part in Circles for Girls Facilitator training and volunteering with the program! This free training is for women who wish to learn more about and/or volunteer to co-facilitate Circles for Girls with the Center for Dispute Resolution.
Circles for Girls is an 8-10 week structured educational group for girls and young women. It brings together a group of 4-10 girls with trained facilitators to explore topics relating to social, emotional, and physical well-being. Some groups are conducted within area middle and high schools, while others bring girls together in the evening at the offices of the Center for Dispute Resolution at Missouri State University.
The program is designed focus on the development of effective conflict management and communication skills and to help girls realize their strengths, withstand social pressures, and maintain healthy relationships.
Are you interested in learning more about this program and the skills of a facilitator? Register now!
The CDR is pleased to welcome two new graduate assistants, Cole Westhoff and Kathleen Norman.
Cole is a graduate of the interpersonal communication and psychology majors and the undergraduate certificate in conflict. He is currently working towards his master’s degree in mental health counseling and hopes to obtain a career in which he can help make people’s lives better so they can, in turn, help those around them. Cole assisted the CDR with our Victim Impact Panel for Youth as an intern last year, and is now helping to coordinate the program.
Kathleen is originally from O’fallen, Missouri and came to Missouri State to pursue a bachelor’s degree in child and family development. She became involved with the CDR as an undergraduate while completing an internship with the Center. She has facilitated family group conferences for the CDR for over a year and has also facilitated Girls Circle groups. She is currently working towards a master’s in school counseling, and during her free time she enjoys running and baking delicious treats (a hobby that also benefits her office-mates at the CDR! ).
We are thrilled to have both Cole and Kathleen on the CDR team as they complete their graduate studies.
Alternative Opportunities’ Regional Partnership Grant has been renewed for a fourth year. This grant provides funds for the Center for Dispute Resolution to offer Family Group Conferences for families involved in the child welfare system as a part of wrap-around services. This federal grant is funded by the Children’s Bureau.