14th Annual Conflict Resolution Conference
Organizer: Phoenix Strategies
Colorado Technical University
4435 N Chestnut St
14th Annual Conflict Resolution Conference "Creating Peace Within”
Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:15AM - 3:30PM
Conference goal: To equip the public and refresh dispute resolution professionals with powerful conflict management tools through interactive workshops.
Cost: $20 (includes lunch and refreshments)
To register: https://phoenixstrategiescolorado.com/crc
8:45-10:00 The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld, Author. When it comes to conflict resolution, most people involved are coping with some kind of loss. It could be the loss of a marriage, friendship, financial resources or material possessions. Trying to process such a situation leads to a wide range of emotions. People might cluck about themselves like a chicken, roar with anger like a bear, or hide like an ostrich with its head in the sand. Cori’s book explores some of the most common reactions to conflict using symbolic images and animals. Cori will help participants identify which animal they tend to become when coping with conflict and encourage people to find their inner rabbit. For it is only when we remember to be quiet, to be present, and to simply listen to others, that we can finally begin to help.
10:00- 10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Dialogue Skills for Critical Conversations by Peggy Evans, Certified Collaborative Mediator®. Dialogue skills are communication techniques designed to enhance the learning, growth and creativity that is created by a group of engaged participants. Discover how group energy, as described by Physicist David Bohn, through skill development can create an environment for expanded learning.
11:30-12:30 Lunch-followed by book drawings for The Rabbit Listened by Corri Doerrfeld
12:45-2:00 Conflict Management Whispering by Jeannie Church, Divorce Mediator, Recovery Coach, and Healer. This presentation addresses the high conflict aspects of personal and professional relationships using a bit of comedy. The topics include: how mediators or conflict managers are holding space for people who are outside their stressor window of tolerance; how body awareness can assist people in regulating thoughts, emotions, and body sensations during conflict. Finally, the message that laughter can heal and bring peace.
2:15-3:30 The Science of Changing Us/Them to We by Larry Rothenberg, Attorney, Mediator, Masters in Bio Chemistry. Recent advances in brain science have started to explain the mechanisms of us/them thinking in humans, and the catastrophic impacts of this thinking on human behavior. These mechanisms result in dehumanizing and hostile behaviors that can be difficult to rationalize. By better understanding the nature of us/them thinking, the presenter will discuss how this science can help us overcome this type of thinking in the context of mediation or individual conflict management.
Sponsors: Better Business Bureau, Colorado Technical University, Conflict Resolution Month of Colorado, Mediator Association of Colorado, Pike Peak Restorative Justice Council, and Phoenix Strategies