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Effectively Navigating Tensions – An Experiential Learning Workshop

May 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Interpersonal conflict is a natural, inevitable, basic and generally, challenging experience.  It is found in our relationships, organizations, dreams and bodies.  With effective facilitation, conflict can bring us closer to ourselves and each other, offering insights, resolutions, healing and relationship growth. Even before Covid-19 polarities around political views and social issues were amplifying worldwide.  Our world is awash with unresolved tensions.  People who can bring heightened awareness  and stay cool enough to sit in the fires of conflict are needed now more than ever!  

In this session we will look at two key and critical skills in working with conflict: handling accusations and the foundational presence of rank and power issues in conflicts.  Theory on both these areas will be presented with group discussion, followed by experiential learning and skill practice.  

Learning outcomes will include: 

  • Less defensiveness when facing accusation
  • Greater ability to stay facilitative in conflict
  • Fluidity: being able to take more than one side in conflict
  • More nuanced awareness of the dynamics of high and low rank, how they contribute to escalations and de-escalations.
  • Clarity on how to activate high personal power to benefit those with low power

We’ll meet online, briefly say hello and check-in, then move onto the course content, taking a break halfway through.  Please bring a readiness to be active with discussion and experiential learning.  Please also bring a personal experience of being criticized/accused to work on…NOT something catastrophic and overwhelming, but something that still evokes feelings and some unsettledness, and that you will explore in a pairs exercise in the course.   We’ll reflect on our learnings and the outcomes of the activities we do.  


About the Presenter, David Hatfield M.A, M.Ed.

David is a consultant and process facilitator, specializing in transformative, experiential facilitation.  His areas of focus are conflict facilitation, masculinity and improvisational a cappella singing. His work has been contracted in Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, and the US.  David’s clients include non-profits, social service and health care providers, corporate clients, educational institutions, community groups, leadership and social change organizations.  He holds an M.A. in Process Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies and an M.Ed. in Social Ecology.    


What: Effectively Navigating Tensions – An Experiential Learning Workshop

When: Tuesday May 26, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (Pacific Time) 

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free for BCCIC members, $30 for non-members.

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqd-Gppz4iE9ym7qs9inoeKzcfX24cr46O   

Pre-Registration required – Deadline for Registration is Friday May 15


May 26
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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