Dialogue for Peaceful Change: Advanced Mediation is an opportunity for DPC’ers to explore using DPC skills during non-formal mediation sessions (like at a community meeting, in the family living room, etc). We’ll look at a framework for community development, and we’ll explore how to mediate ourselves when we are in situations of conflict and the emotional energy is high.
This training is for certified DPC facilitators who have completed the Dialogue for Peaceful Change mediation program. It is for people who are interested in deepening their skills to practice “meditative behavior” and communication as it relates to your family and work.
We’ll also explore using the DPC skills in workplace and group contexts where conflict is experienced by a variety of people at different times and in different contexts. Imagine a big community or workplace gathering, church or faith based committee meeting – what happens when conflict erupts around us and within us? How do you apply DPC methodologies to support transformative change?
We’ll be offering up a DPC community development approach for you to consider and practice. This will be a great chance to enhance and refresh your DPC skills. It will be a chance to also gather with other folks from the DPC family. Don’t worry if you aren’t doing formal DPC mediation. This program isn’t about formal mediation, it’s about using DPC in the contexts in which you live.
Program Cost: $360 ($202.50 tuition + $157.50 meals/accommodations)
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.
Steve Law is the Social Transformation Program Coordinator at Tatamagouche Centre, and trained in DPC methodology in Turku, Finland. He has been a DPC trainer in Northern Ireland, India and North America. Steve works extensively in areas of peace building and community development, and is a former Board Member of Peace Brigades International.
Ishbel Munro has been involved in community development work for over 35 years. She has worked with First Nations, fishermen, women, local development groups and youth, amongst others. Her approach is collaborative – building people’s strengths, self-reliance and hope supporting the development of their own leadership. For 15 years, she was Executive Director of Coastal Communities Network (CCN), a province wide grassroots, non-profit that works to ensure the future of Nova Scotia’s rural and coastal communities. Ishbel is currently the Program Director at Tatamagouche Centre and a member of the Staff Leadership Team that is working to change the Centre from a hierarchal management structure to a collaborative team model.