Conflict is inevitable, especially within groups of people coming together with different value systems, and personal-working cultures. Conflict can be an opportunity to grow communication skills, group rapport and trust, and deepen our commitment to the shared work. Or, it can be a painful, individual or group experience that ultimately dissolves the working relationships and impacts the efficacy or functionality of the shared work or the group itself. How does a group consciously choose the path of the former? In this workshop we'll use a restorative justice framework to explore and discuss how conflict within a group can be anticipated, contained, and transformed.
We'll look at some common roots of group conflict including: abuse or misuse of power, the lack of strong intact pre-existing group relationships, horizontal oppression, basic communication breakdown, lack of tools, and/or inherited cultural shame about being involved with conflict.
I'll offer some strategies for engaging the inevitability of conflict in groups before it begins to happen, as well as some clear basic tools for engaging it when it arises. Voluntary pairs work, whole group discussion, and role playing may all be part of this workshop based on the desire of the attendees.
Sliding scale: $45-$75
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