Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC) – Community Conflict Mediation Training 2019

November 3, 2019 - November 8, 2019
Tatamagouche NS

Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC) – Community Conflict Mediation Training 2019

  Nov 3 – Nov 8, 2019 Sun 5:00 PM – Fri 1:30 PM
Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC) is an international program that has brought together the best methodologies from around the world in community based conflict mediation, providing effective tools and strategies for analyzing and addressing conflicts.  This is a program applicable to conflicts and disputes in communities, families and organizations moving beyond traditional mediative methods, focusing on conflict content, culture, and spirituality. The experiential processes allow practice of the stages of conflict mediation and to apply the tools of “meditative behavior” in a realistic context. Participants receive international accreditation as DPC Facilitators upon completion.

What we do:

In DPC we look at practical ways to manage all aspects of conflict before they intensify. We work worldwide in the field of conflict management and change. We offer concrete tools, developed by practitioners working in national and international conflict settings. We train and coach people who wish to apply DPC in their own lives.


1.        The Nature of Conflict
The participants experience a variety of activities, reflections and lectures which enable them to consider their own understanding of their experience of conflict.

2.        The Conceptual Framework and Models
The participants learn the key conceptual framework of DPC which includes models which locate and explore the drivers of conflict, peacebuilding and mediative behaviour.

3.        The ToolKit
The participants then learn a variety of tools which will add to their previous knowledge and skill sets in order to enhance their work in conflict situations within the community, the work place and within their own social networks. The tool kit includes; conflict mapping, pillars work on framing issues and dynamics, mediative communication and processes, conflict phasing and strategy planning re preventative, intervention and harm reduction, formal mediation and informal meditative and conflict transformation strategies.

4.        The Practice and Application
The participants then have the opportunity to apply these new skills through:

  • Intensive coached role play on mediation scenarios that are based on realistic local conflicts
  • Learn how conflict can be an opportunity for transformation on a personal and community level.
  • Identifying and recognising the need to build and strengthen existing or new patterns of intra and interagency cooperation and collaboration to impact synergy, problem solving and enhanced learning to generate a wider added value of the social and economic investment of the program.



“I go home with a deeper understanding of my personal style in conflict with hope that transformation is not only possible it is happening now.” past participant

“I’m now walking with skills I didn’t think were possible.” past participant

“In addition to a well laid out agenda with strong facilitation and obviously strong models and manual, I felt the goals were actually lived by the facilitators through the program and the relationships of all throughout the week.” past participant

“Awesome facilitators, ensuring that there would be a diverse group of people to represent diverse ideas.” past participant

“I would recommend this to anyone – very transformative, inspirational, interesting, and challenging.” past participant

“People from various cultural, racial, groups learned that they can respect each other, value each other, be who they are and still work together towards peaceful change.” 
past participant

“This is the best of the many excellent Tatamagouche programs I have taken” past participant

Please register early to secure your place in this program.

Program Cost:

Full Program Cost: $949 (tuition, meals & shared accommodation and International Accreditation Fee)

Local/No Accommodation Price: $749 (Tuition, meals, and international accreditation fee – without overnight)

Can’t afford it? Please register as normal, and indicate “full bursary” or “partial bursary” in the payment section, and  we will get in touch with you. People who need bursaries are encouraged to register early.


Ishbel Munro

Ishbel Munro is a certified mediator trainer in Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC).  She is also a certified mediator through Henson College, Dalhousie University.  Ishbel has mediated conflicts in community based organizations, families, co-ops and across cultural groups.  During her work with Coastal Communities Network, she utilized these skills to successfully bring together people from rural communities including fishermen, First Nations, African Nova Scotians, Municipal Councilors, women’s groups, religious organizations and many others.

Ishbel was the Program Director at the Tatamagouche Centre, working collaboratively to create programs that transformed people’s lives.  She brings a range of experience working in community development, with First Nations, fishermen, youth and women.  Ishbel is currently the Coordinator of Apji-wla’matulinej (Righting Relations) and Women of First Light. Both organizations work with Wabanaki women on healing, empowerment and restoring Clan Mother ways of being.

Steve Law

Stephen Law is an internationally certified mediation coach in Dialogue for Peaceful Change. Stephen has offered trainings in Northern Ireland, India and North America. Stephen was the past chair of Peace Brigades International and has trained international accompaniers in conflict areas around the world. Stephen has mediated conflicts in community-based organizations, family structures and cooperative social enterprises and offered programming which builds bridges between groups, communities and organizations. Stephen was the Social Transformation Program Coordinator with the Tatamagouche Centre and is an Associate of the Coady International Institute where he has taught the Community-Based Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding course at St. Francis Xavier University. He designed and delivered the Welcoming Ambassador Program to support the integration and inclusion of Syrian newcomers to Nova Scotia. He is also the author of the novel Tailings of Warren Peace which was shortlisted for in the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards. His latest novel is, Under Her Skin (Roseway, 2017).

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