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Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation

Connecting transformative practitioners across the world

Upcoming events

    • February 23, 2024
    • October 25, 2024
    • 9 sessions
    • zoom
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    ISCT Porch Gathering

    What: A virtual space to regularly gather, connect, and converse.

    Who: Transformative practitioners who identify as members of the Black/African diasporic experience.

    When: The 4th Friday of each month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom on: 2/23/2024, 3/22/2024, 4/26/2024, 5/24/2024, 6/28/2024, 7/26/2024, 8/23/2024, 9/27, 2024, and 10/25/2024.

    Hosts: Barbara Cockerman, Mia Bowers, Jerry Ming, and Cherise D. Hairston.

    How to Participate: Register here, and receive reminders with the zoom link a few days before each of the scheduled sessions.

    Topics and Discussions: Informal and shaped by participants’ needs.
    • March 04, 2024
    • June 07, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • online
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    Basic Transformative Dialogue Training: Who Needs to Talk to Whom about What and How?

    Supporting self-determination and connection in dialogue - An asynchronous training with an orientation in March and then three live check in sessions over March-May, 2024.

    This training provides participants with the basic understanding and skills to support people in communities and organizations in having meaningful and constructive conversations across differences; conversations that help change the quality of their interactions whether or not they agree at the end of the process.   

    Participants will:

    • Learn how the transformative understanding of conflict applies to group and community conflict
    • Gain a relational understanding of identity, race, ethnicity, culture and power, and learn how transformative facilitators respond to these differences
    • Understand how transformative dialogue is consistent with trauma-informed practice
    • Learn to organize a participant-driven dialogue process through one-on-one and small group meetings and conversations with community members
    • Learn the goals, roles and core skills of a transformative facilitator
    • Learn techniques for facilitating open conversations and options for structuring interactions transformatively that allow even very large groups to share ideas and make decisions

    About the course’s organization: 

    This training consists of asynchronous material which will be available from March 1 through June of 2024! Participants will watch videos containing the course content and be asked to reflect on and apply the content. The videos are all newly produced and include a range of different practitioners working in a diversity of contexts and situations. All material is stored in a Google Classroom (GC).  An invite to join the GC will be sent out the last week of February. Participants can access the materials there, as well as ask questions, share thoughts, and have conversation with other participants. 

    There will be a 60 minute orientation and then three 90 minute live sessions planned over the course of the 3 months. These sessions will include time for questions and discussion that will allow participants’ to further engage with the content, learn and practice core skills and consider the best ways to put what they’re learning to use.

    These sessions will  take place via Zoom on the following dates. If you can't make it, they will be recorded and shared with the group:

    Orientation: March 4, 1- 2 pm Eastern

    April Check-in: April 8, 1-2:30 pm Eastern

    May Check-in: May 6, 1-2:30 pm Eastern

    June Check-in: June 7, 1-2:30 pm Eastern

    Who the course is for:

    This course is ideally for those who may have more experience with transformative mediation or self-managed conflict. This training is a significant revision of earlier trainings in transformative dialogue, so even if you have taken an earlier training there is much to learn here. New elements include expanded premises on identity and people in groups, incorporation of trauma-informed practice into the training, and centering discussions of race, culture and power in the training. Whether you are interested in organizing and facilitating conversations in your local community, or in your workplace or organization you belong to, or you are working in an area of ethnopolitical conflict, this training will be an excellent starting point for this work.

    To apply for a scholarship, fill out this form:  https://forms.gle/t6qrTVVQ65r1z2Qt5

    • April 15, 2024
    • June 24, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • online
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    Advanced Transformative Mediation: The Five Strategies  (Pilot)

    In the Basic Transformative Mediation training, participants not only gain knowledge about transformative theory, principles, and premises, but they are also introduced to the interventions utilized in transformative mediation. However, effective transformative mediation goes beyond the mere application of interventions. This course delves into the Five Strategies of Transformative Mediation, offering a more comprehensive understanding of how "purpose drives practice."

    This training is ideal for those seeking certification as a transformative mediator, as the certification process involves self-assessment and evaluator assessment based on these five strategies first developed by Dorothy Della Noce. Additionally, it serves as valuable preparation for anyone interested in advancing their transformative practice.

    Throughout the course, participants will explore reflective practice, which involves examining their mediation practice in the context of transformative theory. Each participant will have the opportunity to mediate and engage in individual reflective practice, using each of the five strategies as a lens. Furthermore, participants will convene in self-organized groups between facilitated sessions to engage in reflective practice. This will involve analyzing video excerpts and using a tool to distinguish between supportive and non-supportive mediator moves, enhancing their understanding of how the strategies contribute to strong transformative practice.

    Prerequisite: Completion of Basic Transformative Mediation training

    Sessions with Facilitators:

    • April 15, 2024: Introduction & Overview of the Five Strategies of Transformative Mediation (90 minutes)

    • April 29, 2024: Practice focus - Strategy #1: Supporting the parties’ view of mediation as a constructive conversation. (2 hours)

    • May 13, 2024: Practice focus - Strategy #2: Supporting the parties’ sense of their own agency (2 hours)

    • (Tuesday) May 28, 2024: Practice focus - Strategy #3: Supporting the parties’ orientation to each other (2 hours)

    • June 10, 2024: Practice focus - Strategy #4: Supporting the parties’ conflict talk (2 hours)

    • June 24, 2024: Practice focus - Strategy #5: Supporting the parties’ decision-making process (2.5 hours) and Conclusion

    Inter-session work: Individual + Self-organized group meetings: Approximately 8 hours

    Total time: 20 hours

    To ensure each participant has two opportunities to mediate and receive facilitator feedback, this course is currently limited to 12 participants.

    Facilitators:

    Olivier Chambert-Loir, Christian Hartwig, Basia Solarz

    • May 09, 2024
    • May 30, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • online
    • 7

    Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Martina Cirbusová

    A great opportunity to practice your mediation skills in small group setting with a coach.  Three sessions allows for time to play the roles of both a mediator and a party in the mediation.  Group is limited to twelve participants.

    Zoom link sent after registration.

    1. May 09, 2024, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    2. May 16, 2024, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    3. May 30, 2024, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM


    • May 22, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • online
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    Check-In’s - The Art of Asking Non-Directive Questions, with Robin Brzobohaty and Martina Cirbusová

    Asking questions is a powerful tool through which parties can regain the reins of the conversation and restore their agency. As transformative practitioners, we ask questions in the form of the check-in intervention. The challenge, however, is how not to misuse questions to dominate the conversation or be one step ahead of the parties, leading them toward predefined objectives. This workshop will offer a deep analysis of this essential tool of the transformative practitioner in terms of proper delivery and possible positive and negative consequences of asking questions on the self-determination of the participants. Thus, the workshop will focus on the skill of asking questions in a way that maintains the fulfillment of all the premises of the transformative approach.

    In a 3 hour workshop participants will learn:

    What type of intervention a check-in is

    • What is the difference between content and process questions

    • How does asking both types of questions influence the conversation and self-determination

    • How to ask questions in tune with the premises of transformative practice 

    • May 30, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    The Self-Determination Principle and the Value of Human Agency 

    with Professor Baruch Bush

    In this presentation, Prof. Bush will explore the philosophical bases for regarding party self-determination as fundamental to the mediation process – as commonly stated in mediator ethics codes. The meaning and significance of agency in human life will be discussed.  Then, examples of how mediator respect for party self-determination affects human agency, for good and for ill, will be offered from actual practice and from the mediation literature.  Participants are invited to engage in active discussion of the topic.

    Zoom link sent after registration.


    • June 05, 2024
    • June 12, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • online
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    The Art of Summary: A 2-session Workshop, with Robin Brzobohaty and Martina Cirbusová

    Summary Workshop, Session 1 – Why, Where and How (2WH Approach)

    Summary is one of the key means mediators have for supporting parties during a difficult conversation. This workshop provides an opportunity to approach summaries from a fresh perspective by working in small groups and using videotapes.

    Participants will learn to recognize individual topics in the words of the parties using functional lingusitic theory of a theme-rheme structure and bubbles with legs metaphor and compose them into valuable summaries.

    Participants will receive a comprehensive tool - 2WH - for real-time decision-making on using  summary.

    June 5, 2024 from 8 am- 11 am Eastern

    Summary Workshop, Session 2- The Many Faces of the Summary

    Regarding non-directiveness, a summary is considered one of the most difficult means for supporting parties during  conflict. Contrary to reflection, whilst summarizing, mediators inevitably have to change something on the parties' words to make the conversation more transparent for the parties. Acknowledging this, we realize we can recognize different types of the summary as to the number of the issues involved, time or location of the summary within the timeline of the conversation, or using positions of the parties regarding the summarized issue.

     During the workshop, participants will understand the different types of summaries and the possibilities of using them to support parties. 

    Participants will have the opportunity to analyze summaries of some important ISCT mediators.

    Participants will try to combine partial topics into thematic clusters. They will learn to distinguish between one topic and multi-topic summary.

    June 12, 2024 from 8 am- 11 am Eastern

    *Both sessions will be recorded and shared with all registered- so if you can't make it to one of the dates, you will still receive the recording and all relevant materials- hand outs/ slides etc.

    Zoom link will be sent after registration.

    • June 20, 2024
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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    Facilitating Conversations related to Israel-Palestine:  A Practitioner’s Café  Conversation, Thursday, June 20 from 12:30-2.

    ISCT is hosting space for practitioners to talk about what it has been or might be like to facilitate dialogue on Israel/Palestine.  We’ll focus on the challenges of facilitating around a “hot topic” like this one.  The goal is to learn from and support each other so we feel more confident as facilitators.  The Café hosts came up with a few questions to consider:

    • When I have strong values and identities tied to a topic, what are the strategies I use to stay morally grounded and strong and responsive while I am in the role of facilitator?
    • What steps could I take to convene a dialogue in my community or group if I sense that it would be useful?
    • How do we support potential participants in joining a conversation when they have their own strong opinions and fears?

    But we’ll go in whatever direction the conversation takes us. 

    Please RSVP  by registering for this event. A zoom link will be sent to you upon registration!

Past events

May 20, 2024 Being a Parent and a Transformative Practitioner - a Cafe Conversation
May 16, 2024 The Art of Reflection, with Mia Bowers
April 05, 2024 Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Robin Brzobohaty and Martina Cirbusová
April 04, 2024 Lost in Translation, hosted by Lida van den Broek and Janet Mueller
April 02, 2024 Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Dan Simon and Tara West
March 26, 2024 Lost in Translation, hosted by Carol Bloom & Gandharii Chua
March 04, 2024 FACE (Mentsu) with Japanese Transformative Practitioners: Video, Discussion, Q & A, with Carol Bloom, Keiko Tanaka and Keiko Suzuki
January 30, 2024 A Celebration of 2023
January 22, 2024 Child Inclusive Mediation: A two part workshop, with Robin Brzobohaty and Martina Cirbusová
January 10, 2024 Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Kristine Paranica
December 19, 2023 A Relational and Dialogical World: Foundations of Transformative Practice: Q & A with Erik Cleven
December 18, 2023 December FACE Feedback Session
December 12, 2023 Entraînement libre à la pratique transformative en français
December 07, 2023 Mediation Ethics with Sharon Press
November 29, 2023 November FACE Feedback Session
November 16, 2023 Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Carol Bloom
November 14, 2023 Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Carol Bloom
November 13, 2023 Trauma Informed Practice workshop, with Monique Dauphin
October 23, 2023 October FACE Feedback Session
October 20, 2023 October Transformative Practitioners of Color Cafe
October 19, 2023 International Cafe: Human Migration, The Climate Crisis, and Transformative Theory and Practice
October 09, 2023 Domestic Violence & Transformative Practice: Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Kristine Paranica
October 05, 2023 Transformative Mediation and Friends Peace House in Kigali, Rwanda: A Panel Discussion and Q & A with Antoine Samvura, Daniel Nteziyaremye, Silas Rwenyaguza Rugimbana and Christine Curci
September 28, 2023 Domestic Violence & Transformative Practice, with Kristy Paranica
September 21, 2023 September FACE Feedback Session
September 15, 2023 September Transformative Practitioners of Color Cafe
August 29, 2023 Transformative Dialogue Information Session
August 18, 2023 August Transformative Practitioners of Color Café
July 21, 2023 July Transformative Practitioners of Color Café
June 29, 2023 International Connections Cafe
June 27, 2023 Spiritual Communities and Transformative Practice Cafe
June 23, 2023 June Transformative Practitioners of Color Café
June 23, 2023 Transformative 101 Q & A with Baruch Bush
June 15, 2023 June FACE Lab: Practice
June 14, 2023 International Connections Cafe
June 07, 2023 Experienced Transformative Mediation Trainers Cafe- alternative time
June 07, 2023 Experienced Transformative Mediation Trainers Cafe
May 31, 2023 May FACE Lab: Practice
May 26, 2023 Transformative Practitioners of Color Cafe
May 25, 2023 A Conversation About Neutrality and Anti-Racist Work in Mediation
May 18, 2023 May FACE Lab: Discussion
May 15, 2023 Part 2 of Trauma Informed Practice workshop, with Monique Dauphin
May 11, 2023 “The Art of Reflection- II” – Intermediate/Advanced Workshop
May 08, 2023 Part 1 of Trauma Informed Practice workshop, with Monique Dauphin
May 01, 2023 Transformative Dialogue Cafe
April 28, 2023 “The Art of Reflection - I” – Introductory Workshop
April 24, 2023 April FACE Lab: Discussion
April 20, 2023 April FACE Lab: Practice
April 17, 2023 Conversations with Authors, with Cheryl Jamison and Cherise Hairston
April 05, 2023 (FULL) Basic Transformative Mediation Training Package, with Janet Mueller and Robin Brzobohaty
April 03, 2023 International Connections Cafe
March 28, 2023 Spiritual Communities and Transformative Practice Cafe
March 16, 2023 March FACE Lab: Discussion
March 09, 2023 Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Carol Bloom
March 08, 2023 Domestic Violence & Transformative Practice, with Kristy Paranica
February 28, 2023 Spiritual Communities and Transformative Practice Cafe- alternative time
February 28, 2023 Spiritual Communities and Transformative Practice Cafe
February 21, 2023 Mediator Cafe
January 27, 2023 Looking Forward/ Looking Back- A Celebration
December 15, 2022 Responding Effectively to Conflict, with Janet Mueller
December 05, 2022 Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Robin Brzobohaty and Martina Cirbusová
October 13, 2022 Member Cafe - Trainer Presentations
October 10, 2022 Basic Transformative Mediation Training Package, with Dan Simon and Martina Cirbusová
October 04, 2022 (FULL) Transformative Dialogue Training: Co-creating and Facilitating Conversations in Organizations and Communities
September 29, 2022 FACE Labs, with Carol Bloom and Bob Thompson (FULL)
June 21, 2022 Self- Determination Talk, with Baruch Bush
June 14, 2022 Transformative 101 Q&A with Baruch Bush
June 09, 2022 Mediation: Embedded Assumptions of Whiteness?
May 25, 2022 Author Talk with Tara West
May 24, 2022 Member Cafe "Meet and Greet"
May 11, 2022 Author Chat for Community Mediation Centers, with Joe Folger
May 02, 2022 Coached Mediation Practice Group, with Dan Simon
April 13, 2022 Author Chat with Joe Folger
March 30, 2022 Marketing Meeting
October 04, 2021 Board Meeting
September 11, 2021 Fall Conference
July 31, 2021 Annual General Meeting
July 19, 2021 Board Meeting
April 01, 2021 Spring Gala

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