Update: June 8, 2020 – ALL SESSIONS FULL!

Thank you to everyone for the enthusiastic interest in our webinar series. We at the Center for Peace & Conflict Studies are greatly encouraged by the high demand for this content. That said, we are unfortunately not in a position to offer additional sessions this summer, nor can we commit to recording and sharing these sessions owing to the intimate nature of the conversations our trainings elicit from participants. Providing this training online is a new undertaking for our facilitators and we expect to learn a lot from this experience. Once we get through this initial pilot series we intend to spend time reflecting on ways to potentially scale participation in the future. Please bear with us as we work on building our capacity to meet your needs and interest.

Conflict Transformation Fundamentals

A 5-part Webinar series offered by the Center for Peace & Conflict Studies at Austin Community College

Recent changes in our normal modes of living and working have stretched our normal resources for dealing with stress. This overload has in turn contributed to a rise in conflict.

The Center for Peace & Conflict Studies invites the ACC community to join us for a webinar series as we discuss conflict within a framework of justice and an understanding of power imbalances, help you gain self-knowledge, and practice essential skills for dealing with conflict.

The webinar series will actively engage participants via real-time exercises, cohort processing (such as pair & share, group share), and provide opportunities for sustained engagement via a moderated community blog hosted on ACC’s Center for Peace & Conflicts Studies website.

What to Expect

  • Five biweekly webinars (you may register for one or more sessions)
  • 1.5 hours of PD credit for each session,
  • Each session is limited to 20 registrants
  • Co-facilitated by Charlotte Gullick, Shirin Khosropour, and Grant Potts,
  • Opportunities for sustained engagement via a moderated community blog hosted on the PACS website.

Dates & Topics

Thursday, June 11, 1:00 – 2:15 PM

Session 1 Role of Conflict in Relationships and Basic Human Needs

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  • Examine the role of conflict in relationships from intrapersonal to intergroup
  • Define basic human needs and how they contribute to conflict
  • Define power imbalances and how they contribute to conflict

Thursday, June 25, 1:00 – 2:15 PM

Session 2 Role of Emotions and Culture in Conflict

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  • Identify emotions that signal conflict
  • Examine the starring role of anger in conflict
  • Discuss the role of culture in conflict (ex. individualism and collectivism with self assessment)

Thursday, July 2, 1:00 – 2:15 PM

Session 3 Role of Personal Conflict Styles 

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  • Define conflict styles
  • Classify your own conflict style
  • Relate conflict styles to conflict transformation

Thursday, July 16, 1:00 – 2:15 PM

Session 4 Effective Communication

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  • Demonstrate
    • The role of “perception checking” in conflicts, and
    • The effective use of “I” messages and questions
  • Relate power imbalances to communication
  • Contrast face-to-face vs. online communication

Thursday, July 30, 1:00 – 2:15 PM

Session 5 Problem Solving 

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  • Examine the differences between positions and interests
  • Demonstrate the influence of personal narratives in negotiations
  • Generate best case/worst case alternatives for a collaborative negotiated agreement