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Peer Conflict Coaching and Mediation Training

Conflict Coaching and Peer Mediation Training
Saturday, October 8th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

students in peer mediation training
The Center for Dispute Resolution is coordinating a conflict coaching and peer mediation training for college students on Saturday, October 8th. 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, coaching and mediation techniques, and much more! This training is free for students who wish to learn more about and/or volunteer with the Center’s Student Conflict Response Teams, which offer support of high school and middle school students providing peer mediation and conflict coaching in area schools.

Mentoring Volunteer Opportunity

The Center for Dispute Resolution supports peer mediation and conflict coaching programs in several area middle and high schools. This support includes providing training for selected students, followed by ongoing mentoring of these middle-schoolers and high-schoolers by trained volunteer Missouri State students

This Student Conflict Response Team program offers you an exciting opportunity to mentor budding conflict coaches and peer mediators in these schools. As a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to assist with selected cases in these schools and to coach and support high-school and middle-school students.

Want to learn more about this volunteer opportunity – contact the CDR or register now for conflict coaching and peer mediation training! 

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Guys’ Gathering Facilitator Training Moved to Oct. 1

UPDATE – We have been excited to receive much more interest in the Guys’ Gathering Circle program this year from public schools than in prior years, and we’ve had more circle groups requested than ever before!  This growth is wonderful to see, but it also means that we need more facilitators than ever, and we are striving to meet each of the requests. As a result, we have postponed our planned facilitator training by two weeks to allow us more time to recruit college-aged men to facilitate these educational exploratory circle groups! Our new training date will be Saturday, October 1st from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register online or contact us for more information.


College-aged men who want to build their communication, leadership, and facilitation skills while benefiting boys in our community are invited to take part in free training to volunteer as Guys’ Gathering Circle facilitators in area middle and high schools. This training will take place Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Springfield on the campus of Missouri State University. boys

About Guys’ Gathering Circles
Guy’s 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. Groups help youth learn to communicate more effectively so they can express their unique personalities and connect with the important people in their lives.

Designed for Boys
Young men learn best through action, and in Circle guys take part in focused activities that include games, group challenges, and competitions, followed by discussion and reflection. Through these experiences guys learn how to communicate more effectively, appreciate the diversity of others, uncover their unique strengths, develop leadership skills, and connect with the important people in their lives.

Topics Addressed
guys gathering circle logoEach week the Guys’ Gathering circle will address a topic aimed at helping boys become honest, strong, respectful leaders. Topics may be adjusted based on the needs of the group and include the following:

  • Healthy competition
  • The male “box”
  • Bullying
  • Valuing diversity
  • Safe expression of emotions
  • Managing conflict
  • Media messages about manhood
  • Making healthy decisions
  • Communicating with others

Circle Facilitators

Each circle is led by two college-aged facilitators. Facilitators serve as role models and help foster a safe environment that is conducive to the exploration of each week’s topic by coordinating activities and guiding discussions within the group. Are you interested in learning more about this program and the skills of a facilitator?  Register now for free training! 

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Guys’ Gathering Circle Facilitator Training – Sept.17th

College-aged men who want to build their communication, leadership, and facilitation skills while benefiting boys in our community are invited to take part in free training to volunteer as Guys’ Gathering Circle facilitators in area middle and high schools. This training will take place Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Springfield on the campus of Missouri State University. boys

About Guys’ Gathering Circles
Guy’s 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. Groups help youth learn to communicate more effectively so they can express their unique personalities and connect with the important people in their lives.

Designed for Boys
Young men learn best through action, and in Circle guys take part in focused activities that include games, group challenges, and competitions, followed by discussion and reflection. Through these experiences guys learn how to communicate more effectively, appreciate the diversity of others, uncover their unique strengths, develop leadership skills, and connect with the important people in their lives.

Topics Addressed
guys gathering circle logoEach week the Guys’ Gathering circle will address a topic aimed at helping boys become honest, strong, respectful leaders. Topics may be adjusted based on the needs of the group and include the following:

  • Healthy competition
  • The male “box”
  • Bullying
  • Valuing diversity
  • Safe expression of emotions
  • Managing conflict
  • Media messages about manhood
  • Making healthy decisions
  • Communicating with others

Circle Facilitators

Each circle is led by two college-aged facilitators. Facilitators serve as role models and help foster a safe environment that is conducive to the exploration of each week’s topic by coordinating activities and guiding discussions within the group. Are you interested in learning more about this program and the skills of a facilitator?  Register now for free training! 

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Girls Circle Facilitator Training – September 10th

Missouri State women – 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 volunteeGC shirt designr 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. Groups are conducted within area middle and high schools during the school day.

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. In each session introduce the theme for the week. This is followed by an activity designed to help girls further explore the topic. Each session also includes guided discussions as well as journaling. Between sessions facilitators respond to girls’ journal entries to answer questions and provide feedback.The structure of Circles for Girls allows girls to receive information and explore topics in a meaningful way.

Learn More

For more information on this program please visit http://www.missouristate.edu/cdr/Circles-for-Girls.htm.

 

Sign up for Training and to Volunteer

The training on Saturday, September 10th (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) will prepare you to co-facilitate a Circles for Girls group. This training is free for volunteers – sign up now!

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Campus Conflict Workshop Fall Series Announced

Dr. Gloria Galanes presents at a campus conflict workshop.
Dr. Gloria Galanes presents at a Campus Conflict Workshop.

Mark your calendar for the CDR’s fall and spring Campus Conflict Workshop series! These free workshops are offered for Missouri State faculty, staff, students, and alumni. These also qualify for Master Advisor credit!

Political Discourse: Civility, Political Correctness, or Trumpeting Your Own Horn? – Tues., September 13, 12-1 p.m. in PSU 317

Presented by  Dr. Liz Dudash-Buskirk, Dr. Eric Morris, and Ms. Nora Cox

This workshop will explore political discourse and its impact in our modern era. The focus of the session will be how to discuss sensitive topics like politics in the classroom and beyond without creating destructive conflicts.

 

Giving and Receiving Feedback- Wed., October 12, 12-1 p.m. in PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

This session will explore how to give and receive feedback in the best ways possible, and will offer tips on how to handle these tough conversations and turn an otherwise uncomfortable experience into an opportunity for growth.

 

Bullying in the Workplace –  Tues., November 15, 12-1 p.m. in PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher and Dr. Stephen Spates

Bullying is a common phenomenon that impacts workplace and campus settings. It often goes unrecognized even though it can cause much personal stress and group conflict. This workshop will discuss workplace and campus bullying behaviors, techniques for dealing with bullying, and prevention strategies.

 

Personality Types in Conflict – Wed., January 25, 12-1 p.m. in PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Gloria Galanes

Although conflict 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 – Tues., February 21, 12-1 p.m. in PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

This session will provide coaching strategies to help you assist others in conflict situations.

 

Using Circles to Encourage Dialogue – Wed., April 19, 12-1 p.m. in PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

The “circle process” is a unique format that can be used to encourage dialogue, deep listening, and connection. Learn how you can use circles in the classroom and within organizations and units to build relationships and enhance learning and collaboration.

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Students Study Conflict in Ireland and Northern Ireland

The class visits the "Peace Wall" that separates the Catholic and Protestant communities in Belfast.
The class visits the “Peace Wall” that separates the Catholic and Protestant communities in Belfast.

In June CDR Director Charlene Berquist and Associate Director Heather Blades co-led a short term study abroad program, taking 19 students to visit Ireland and Northern Ireland to study the dynamics of conflict and peacemaking in the region.

The class examined the historical and cultural roots of the conflict in Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as subsequent peacemaking efforts. The course culminated in a 10-day trip to the two countries, during which time students visited Dublin, Belfast, and Derry/Londonderry. The travel portion of the course was structured to maximize opportunities for students to not only see people’s experiences and expressions of those experiences (from the “peace walls” in Belfast separating Catholic and Protestant communities to the murals in Derry/Londonderry depicting the evolution from Bloody Sunday to current peace efforts) but also to meet, talk with, and hear the narratives of activists, community members, and individuals from conflict management and peacemaking organizations.

Students meet with community members involved in peacemaking efforts in Derry.
Students meet with community members involved in peacemaking efforts in Derry.

The travel portion of the class brought students in contact with the individuals and groups most impacted by the decades-long conflict in the region and allowed them the opportunity to observe first-hand how conflict is experienced by different groups and how transformational conflict processes are implemented.
This was the second time Dr. Berquist and Ms. Blades have taught this summer course, and it may be offered again in the future. For more information please email CDR@MissouriState.edu. View a slideshow of images of the travel portion of this course on the CDR’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ejNmjas08dg

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Training Educates on How to Coach Those in Conflict

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Dr. Tricia Jones (center left) leads a training activity.

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

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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CDR Director Receives Receives Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs Award

Char Berquist receives the Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs Award
Char Berquist receives the Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs Award

In the Spring of 2016 the Board of Governors Awarded Dr. Charlene Berquist the Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs award for her distinctive work and accomplishments in support of the University’s Public Affairs mission as the Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution.

As stated by the Board, “ Dr. Charlene Berquist brings the public affairs mission to life through her visionary leadership, community collaborations, innovative programs and dedication to student success. Her programs in adult and juvenile restorative justice services, as well as mediation training programs through the Center, have brought national recognition to Missouri State University and Greene County.  She has mentored future leaders and instilled the tenants of public affairs to an entire generation of conflict resolution providers.”

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CDR Provides Boys and Girls Club Staff Training

In May the CDR provided training for 50 Boys and Girls Club staff in Springfield, MO. The group, a mix of both new and returning employees, works closely with at-risk youth in our community. The interactive training focused on understanding our own and other’s conflict styles and offered advice on how to manage conflicts effectively with kids, peers, and parents.

The CDR regularly offers workshops for area community organizations that focus on a variety of conflict and communication-related topics. For more information on this service please visit the CDR website.

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Circles for Change Program at The Fairbanks

CDR Director Dr. Char Berquist and CFD Professor Dr. Jim Meyer lead a circle at the Fairbanks.
CDR Director Dr. Char Berquist and CFD Professor Dr. Jim Meyer lead a circle at the Fairbanks.

In the spring of 2016 the Center for Dispute Resolution partnered with Missouri State’s Childhood Education and Family Studies to offer the “Circles for Change” program Fairbanks program at The Fairbanks in Springfield.

Circles for Change is an interactive educational discussion group that uses a circle format to encourage participants to learn about and discuss a different topic each month. The circle format helps foster relationships among group members and encourages participants to express themselves and explore new ideas. Topics explored included managing stress, creating healthy relationships, and parenting. Circles were facilitated by staff from the CDR and the Childhood Education and Family Studies program, along with Missouri State student volunteers.

Circles for Change is one of many programs offered at The Fairbanks, which serves the Grant Beach community in center city Springfield. To learn more please visit http://www.thefairbankssgf.com/home.html

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