Once again we are hosting a series of free professional development sessions on Monday nights. This year we begin a bit earlier at 6:30 pm. Each evening we will have two presentations of about an hour each with a break for refreshment in the middle. All events are at the Harper Woods High School Community Room, 20225 Beaconsfield Ave, Harper Woods, MI 48225
Here’s a pdf of the 2015 Series Schedule of Events. We’ve begun pairing experienced practitioners from the community with many of the student presentations, so plan on learning a lot if you attend. We’d love to have you join us!
March 23 2015 6:30-9:00
Managing Conflicts Within the Neighborhood – Collin Rose
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 and interact. Some of these simple steps could save you time arguing with your neighbor or even time spent in the courtroom. Unless you are in a hurry to move, this workshop is for you.
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 Baumgartner (authors of “Toward a theory of the third party”) to see what we might learn about the right third party roles for succeeding in resolving conflicts in different settings.
March 30 2015 6:30-9:00
Community Relations, Policing and Youth – Donald Stuckey
While it is a common fact that the police are an important part of the community, just as important is the health of the relationship between police and community. Current affairs show how strained the relationship between the police and community has become. The focus of this upcoming community presentation will include an exploration of why there is such tension between the community, youth and the police. What are all sides saying on what steps both sides can take to repair the relationship between communities, youth and the police? Please join us and find out more.
Cross-Generational Communication: Adults and Youth Managing Conflict – Marija Michalowicz
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 dealing with feelings and problem solving in situations of adults and youth managing conflict. My presentation will illustrate the importance of, and how to integrate, effective and peaceful communication techniques in every circumstance. Tom Hulbert, an experienced therapist working with youth will be joining my discussion to provide some expertise on the subject matter.
April 06 2015 6:30-7:45
Conflict in the House of Worship: Pathways to Peace – Terri Stubblefield
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 your house of worship. When conflict is handled properly it can open up the lines of communication, introduce positive thinking and result in transformation.
April 06 2015 8:00-9:00
Islam and Peace: Misconceptions and Traditions – Hassan Abdullah
“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 the form of a spate of attacks against Muslim-Americans. At the root of this issue is a lack of understanding caused by misconceptions about Islam. Join us as we explore this and a range of related topics.
April 13 2015 6:30-7:45
Personality Types and Conflict: Know Your Style – Robert Dababneh (MADR) with Sonja Stoos (Talent Management Lead, Cooper Standard)
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 or resolve conflicts.
April 13 2015 8:00-9:00
Necessary Workplace Skills for Conflict Resolution – Samantha Green (MADR) with Trish Hubbell (Greening of Detroit)
The purpose of this presentation is to provide leaders in the workplace with the knowledge to recognize causes of conflict, how to facilitate resolution of conflict, and how to manage relationships once the conflict has been resolved. Changes in the workplace can be a source of stress and conflict or an engine of innovation. This presentation will explore ways to develop an integrated system for conflict resolution and change management and a more innovative and collaborative environment. It will be of particular interest to individuals who are knowledgeable in both employee relations and managing conflict in the workplace.
April 20 2015 6:30-7:45
Community Mediator Perspective Sharing – Craig Pappas (Executive Director, The Resolution Center) and Roy Burton (Restorative Justice Practitioner, Kelly Middle School, Eastpointe)
This session features experienced community conflict intervenors who will share a community perspective on the dispute resolution field and on Restorative Justice work in schools, offering some constructive conflict management strategies that are drawn from their experience.
April 20 2015 8:00-9:00
Mastering the Art of Dispute Resolution: MADR Alumni Share Lessons from the Field – Bill Warters and MADR Alumni including Sonja Stoos (Talent Management Lead, Cooper Standard), Jeanine Simpson (Michigan Mediation Services), Barbara Jones (Peace and Conflict Studies Center, WSU) and invited Trish Hubbell (Greening of Detroit)
This session will feature a panel of distinguished alumni from the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution program at Wayne State University. They will share some lessons drawn from their experience working in a range of settings from the community, the courts, in the auto industry and within academia.