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Training Educates on How to Coach Those in Conflict

June 2-3 the CDR was pleased to once again bring Dr. Trica Jones to Springfield to offer a 2-day training Conflict Coaching.DSC_0689

Participants learned Dr. Jones’ conflict coaching model, which allows a coach to help someone struggling with a conflict think through the factors that led up to the conflict, make a plan for managing the conflict, and then practice the skills needed to put their plan into action.

The conflict coaching model is useful in workplaces, schools, and homes, and attendees included counselors, mediators, attorneys, teachers, and students.

Many thanks to Dr. Jones for a wonderful training that left us full of insight and inspiration, and gave us invaluable tools for conflict management toolboxes!

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Renowned Restorative Justice Practitioner and Scholar Shares with Community

In April 2016 the CDR offered over 50 attendees the opportunity to learn from the renowned restorative justice practitioner and research Dr. Mark Umbreit.

Dr. Umbriet shared wisdom gained from his work in peacemaking and restorative justice efforts arory address at Missouri State’s 2016 Public Affairs Confereund the world in this intimate setting after offering a plenance.

His first session of the day focused on Restorative Justice in the Global Community, and he shared personal stories of his work in settings of violent and entrenched conflicts, including in Northern Ireland, West Africa, Ukraine, and Palestine.

His second session, Restorative Justice and Dialogue in Crimes of Violence, focused on the use of restorative practices to promote healing for victims of severe crime. Once again he shared his powerful experiences as a practitioner working in the field.

At the day’s end, Dr. Umbreit focused the discussion mindfulness and how this approach can benefit those working in the restorative justice field, as well as anyone who is struggling to manage the stresses of everyday life. He offered advice and techniques to help attendees learn to be present and mindful when dealing with strong emotions and conflicts with others.

Thank you to all who attended these sessions – we were inspired by the interest present in our community and look forward to continuing to work with you to promote justice and healing for all involved in harmful actions.

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March Mediation Training a Sold-Out Success

In March the CDR held its bi-annual 40-hour civil and family mediation training, and once again filled the training to capacity with professionals and students anxious to build their mediation skills.

This training event brought together 25 experienced mediators who offered training, guest lectures, and coaching advice to the participants in attendance over the course of the 5-day training. The CDR was also thrilled to offer over $15,000 in scholarships to support the attendance of students at this professional training event.

What did attendees think of these event? Here are a few highlights from the training evaluations:

  • I really appreciated the multiple and varied learning modalities – gain content from a lecture, then see it on film, then try it in role play, then discuss it in small groups.
  • The information given by different coaches showed different ways of mediating.
  • The presenters who came in were wonderful and very good at facilitating dialogue between participants and sharing experiences.
  • I really appreciated meeting different people from different backgrounds to provide different perspectives – especially different coaches.
  • I definitely feel much better prepared to go out and mediate.
  • I believe this training will impact me professionally because I was able to learn a new skill, but anything with conflict helps me personally as well!
  • This will definitely help my communication skills with clients.

The CDR will offer this training again October 19-23, 2016 – the event is likely to once-again sell out, so reserve your seat seat early to ensure you can take part!

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Plan now to attend Spring Campus Conflict Workshops!

The Center for Dispute Resolution is continuing its Campus Conflict Workshop series this spring with three sessions. These sessions are free for Missouri State students, faculty, and staff, and Master Advisors will receive one hour of recertification credit for participation. Save the date now and plan to attend these sessions!

Gender Differences in Conflict: Fact or Fiction? – Feb. 2, 12-1 p.m., in PSU 315

  • Presented by Dr. Isabelle Bauman and Dr. Jake Simmons
  • Is it true that men and women do conflict differently? This session will explore this question and the role gender differences may, or may not, play in conflict.

Personality Types in Conflict – March 15, 12-1 p.m., in PSU 315

  • Presented by Dr. Gloria Galanes
  • Although conflict with others is inevitable, resolving conflict is easier when you understand the impact that a person’s personality type has on their reactions and perceptions. The session investigates the implications of personality types on conflict situations.

Coaching: An Effective Tool in Conflict Management – April 20, 12-1 p.m., in PSU 315

  • Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Heather Blades
  • This session will provide coaching strategies to help you assist others in conflict
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Guys’ Gathering Circle Facilitator Training this February!

Missouri State men – would you like to build your communication, facilitation, and conflict skills, enhance your resume, and serve as a role model and mentor for boys in our community? If so, consider becoming a Guys’ Gathering Circle facilitator!

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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:
  • Competition
  • The male “box”
  • Bullying
  • Valuing diversity
  • Safe expression of emotions
  • Defining power from multiple perspectives
  • Rejecting violence
  • Becoming allies with girls and women
  • Mentoring and making a difference with others
  • Making safe and healthy decisions for themselves

Free Training!

The Center for Dispute Resolution is offering free training for men interested in potentially volunteering as Guys’ Gathering Circle facilitators. this training will be held Saturday, February 6th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Are you interested in learning more about this program and the skills of a facilitator?  Register now for free training! 

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Train to be a Facilitator in the Circles for Girls Program

Ask yourself these questions as you plan your spring semester…
  • 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 this program! 

On Saturday, January 30th (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) the Center for Dispute Resolution will offer a free training for women who wish to learn more about and/or volunteer to co-facilitate Circles for Girls.

Circles for Girls is an 8-10 week about_girls-circlestructured 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 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 for free training! Seats are limited.

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Peer Mediation Training and Volunteer Opportunity for Missouri State Students

students in peer mediation trainingThe Center for Dispute Resolution is coordinating a peer mediation training for college students on Saturday, January 23rd (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

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!

This training is free for students who wish to learn more about and/or volunteer with the Center’s Peer Mediation Program in area schools. This program 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.

Interested – register now for this training! Seats are limited.

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Peer Mediation Info Night – Thurs., Nov 5th

Peer Mediation Information Night!

Thursday, Nov. 5th

Drop in anytime between 4-6:30 p.m. in PSU 317

Free Subway sandwiches provided!

peer mediationHave 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!

 

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CDR Director Char Berquist’s research featured in Missouri State’s “Minds Eye” series

berquist-talking_01Center 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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Ireland Study Away Trip – Summer 2016 – Peace and Reconciliation

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.

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Students taking part in the summer 2015 Ireland study away class.

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:

  • Visit the Ulster History Museum
  • See the  American Folk Park/Titanic Belfast
  • Tour East and West Belfast
  • Visit Falls and Shankhill Road
  • Write a Message on the Peace Wall
  • Raise a Pint at the Crown Bar
  • Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • Tour Kilmainham Gaol
  • View the Bogisde Murals
  • Tour the Walled City
  • Explore the Bloody Sunday Museum
  • Take in the View from Carrickfergus Castle
  • Play on the Giants Causeway, and much more!

For more information on this trip visit the Study Away website or contact Char Berquist or Heather Blades at 417-836-8831 or CDR@MissouriState.edu. You can also check out photos of the last student trip from summer 2015 on the CDR’s YouTube Channel!

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