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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!

About Guys’ Gathering Circlesguys gathering circle logo
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.

students in Ireland
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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Peer Mediation Training and Volunteer Opportunity

Peer Mediation Training

peer mediationThe 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!

Interested in this training? Please sign up for our contact list!  We will be setting the training date and time based on the schedules of those attending.

Mentoring Volunteer Opportunity

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.

Want to learn more about this volunteer opportunity – please sign up for our contact list now! 

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“Guys’ Gathering” Talking Circles – Facilitator Training & Volunteer Opportunity

Facilitator Training & Volunteer Opportunity 

Wednesday, September 23  and 30 from 5-9 p.m. at the offices of the Center for Dispute Resolution

guysAsk Yourself:

  • Are you interested in building your communication, facilitation, and conflict skills?
  • Do you have a passion for working with youth?
  • Are you interested in helping boys explore healthy options for growing up male today?
  • Would you like a meaningful volunteer opportunity?
  • Would you benefit from an outstanding resume-building experience?

If you answered “yes”, consider taking part in Guys’ Gathering Talking Circle training and volunteering with this program!

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:

  • Competitionboys
  • 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

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.

Are you interested in learning more about this program and the skills of a facilitator?  Register now for free training! 

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CDR YouTube Channel Created

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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