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Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation

Connecting transformative practitioners across the world

“The Art of Reflection - I” – Introductory Workshop

  • April 28, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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“The Art of Reflection - I” – Introductory Workshop,

with Carol Bloom and Mia Bowers

Reflection is one of the most important interventions of the Transformative Model. It is a supportive response that is aimed at helping individuals hear themselves and make choices in how to communicate during a difficult conflict conversation.

Reflection is a supportive third-party response that is aimed at helping individuals who are engaged in a conflict conversation to hear themselves better and to make choices. As practiced in the Transformative Approach to Mediation and Dialogue, reflection is neither a corrective or coercive intervention, (unlike reframing, which is often aimed at telling or suggesting to folks how they should speak or what their tone or focus should be). The Art of Reflection is practiced in a way where the mediator experiences themselves as a listening and observing mirror. Our reflections are most effective when they capture both what is said and what is not necessarily expressed verbally. Learn how to do reflection = mirroring, as a means of skillfully supporting each individual’s ability to gain clarity and improve their own conflict communication, which in turn, improves the interaction between parties in conflict. This workshop will include demonstrations, group discussions, and opportunities for participants to practice and receive feedback and coaching.

(Basic TM training not required)

See “The Art of Reflection- II” – Intermediate/Advanced Workshop here

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