3-Hour Workshops Not to be Missed

On Tuesday May 12  Detroiters will be getting a chance to tap into a couple deep wells of knowledge on urban and ethnic conflict. Joining us from New York is Maria Volpe, former president of the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution and Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center housed at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She will be sharing a wide range of work that creatively connects police with the community. A prominent example is the structured encounters provided by the Cops Continue reading →

Conflict Skills in the Community & on the Job

Please join us on April 20 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Harper Woods High School Community Room for an informative session exploring the important work conflict resolvers are doing in their communities and in their workplaces using skills they’ve gained as mediators and students of Dispute Resolution. AGENDA 6:30-7:45pm Community Mediator Perspective Sharing – Craig Pappas (Executive Director, The Resolution Center) and Mary Morris (Wayne Mediation Center) and Roy Burton (Restorative Justice Practitioner, Kelly Middle School, Eastpointe) This session features experienced community conflict intervenors who will share a community Continue reading →

Urban Public Policy and Dispute Resolution Conference May 11-12

Consider joining the ESCRO Team for a free 2-day conference focusing on Urban Public Policy and Dispute Resolution scheduled for Monday and Tuesday May 11-12 at Wayne State University Student Center Ballroom. In addition to a lunchtime presentation by Detroit federal bankruptcy mediators Judge Gerald Rosen and noted attorney Eugene Driker, confirmed national speakers include Maria Volpe (John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NY, former president of SPIDR, developer of Cops and Kids program), Josh Stulberg (one of our founding MADR faculty, now at Ohio Continue reading →

What’s Your Style?

This session will explore individual’s personality traits by looking at the 8 Dimensions of Leadership. These dimensions take a more granule approach to Disc Theory – a personality two-axis model. We will explore both the strengths and weaknesses of each of the 8 styles and ways to better communicate with those not like your own. This session will be interactive and challenge you to self-assess your STYLE. I’m confident that knowing your style and the style of others in a conflict will either help mitigate Continue reading →

Theories of the Third Side: Who Intervenes in Conflict and Why?

This session presented by WSU Professor Bill Warters will review some of the practical models for determining who should get involved in trying to resolve conflicts. We’ll start by exploring models developed by hands-on conflict experts such as the late Jim Laue (the Community Relations Service), William Ury (the Harvard Negotiation Project) and Raymond Shonholtz (the Community Boards Program and Partners for Democratic Change). We’ll compare these very pragmatic models with some of the more theoretical work of sociologists such as Donald Black and Mary Continue reading →

Conflict in the House of Worship: Pathways to Peace

Have you spoken up before and been labeled as un-Christian or un-Godlike?  Have you ever served on a committee at your place of worship and there were disagreements? Every organization has conflict and in a religious setting there can be added obstacles to dealing with Conflict Resolution.  My workshop will focus on ways to transform your thought process about conflict.  I will discuss the steps to resolving conflict that include; How to identify conflict, how to truly listen to others and pathways to peace in Continue reading →

Cross-Generational Communication: Adults and Youth Managing Conflict

The aim of this free public presentation is to provide adults and youth with the skills to handle conflicts creatively and constructively. This workshop includes strategies and techniques that focus on understanding youth and conflict, and the implementation of positive language in communication. The following topics, common in the literature on adult child relationships, will be explored: awareness and feelings; the nature, types, and causes of conflict; the language we use; methods for encouraging youth participation; and providing choices. I plan to integrate useful models for Continue reading →

Necessary Workplace Skills for Conflict Resolution

This free public presentation, scheduled for April 13th, focuses on the root causes of conflict in the workplace and provides practical tools that everyone can learn from. The purpose of this presentation is to provide leaders in the workplace with the knowledge to recognize causes of conflict, facilitate resolution of conflict, and manage relationships once the conflict has been addressed. Changes in the workplace can be a source of stress and conflict or an engine of innovation. The workshop will explore ways to develop integrated systems for conflict resolution Continue reading →

Managing conflict within the neighborhood

When you move into a new house or a new neighborhood there is a lot of excitement. A dream come true. What are some things you can do to make sure you have a good relationship with your neighbors? What if you run into problems, what can you do and how should you approach your neighbor in order to handle the dispute? In this workshop we will explore different ways a neighborhood conflict could be handled and how we can help keep a neighborhood a friendly place to live Continue reading →

Islam and Peace: Misconceptions and Traditions

“Ask in order to understand, and do not ask in order to find fault.” Imam Ali, fourth caliph and son-in-law of the Prophet Mohamad. As the Middle East – a region that is overwhelmingly majority Muslim – continues to be mired in turmoil, these tensions seem to have spilled over into the United States. Terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda continue to commit atrocities in the name of Islam, negatively altering perceptions of mainstream Muslims. This has led to increased Islamophobia manifesting itself in Continue reading →