Missouri State faculty, staff, and administrators – join CDR Director Dr. Charlene Berquist and Associate Director Heather Blades on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom to explore how to use circles to encourage deep dialogue, build community, and enhance and strengthen connections between group members. This “Deep Dive” workshop is free for Missouri State faculty, staff, and administrators, but seats are limited and pre-registration is required. This session is approved for Master Advisor credit.
Using Circles to Encourage Dialogue and Build Community
The “circle process” is a unique format for engaging with others. Most people are used to listening to lectures, attending meetings, or taking part in informal conversations. In contrast, circle practice is a structured form of intentional communication that allows participants an opportunity to speak and listen in an atmosphere of safety, equality, and empathy that encourages sharing and connection. This format allows deep dialogue to take place and helps to build community and enhance and strengthen connections between those taking part in the circle.
In this interactive online session we will do the following:
- Examine the history and indigenous roots of circle practice.
- Identify the roles, responsibilities, and tasks of a circle keeper/leader.
- Learn how to design and lead effective circles by creating a safe environment where people can share.
- Consider how circles may vary based upon the context in which they are used (e.g., in person vs. online, and in differing settings).
- Explore how circles can be used in the classroom and within units, departments, and organizations to build relationships, provide effective and collaborative leadership, and enhance learning.
- Learn experientially by taking part in a circle process.
Due to the highly interactive nature of this “Deep Dive” workshop, seats are limited. Register now to reserve your seat. For more information visit www.MissouriState.edu/CDR/Campus-Workshops.htm, email CDR@MissouriState.edu, or call 417-836-8831. Or, to further expand your communication and conflict magement skills, consider enrolling in the Certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution.