2014 Track: Brains!

March 28-29, 2014
21st Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

Workshops on how we think, feel and act when we're in conflict. 

To see the full conference workshop lineup click here to return to the 2014 Workshops page

1.1 Stress, Executive Function and Conflict Resolution
Presenter: John Medina, PhD, Affiliate Professor, Bioengineering, University of Washington; New York Times best-selling author of Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby

It is important for conflict mediators to understand the cognitive neuroscience of Executive Function. This cognitive model includes a suite of behaviors ranging from the ability to stay on task to emotional impulse control. This presentation describes some of the science behind Executive Function and ways to maximize it in both mediators and clients.

3.3 Breaking Impasse through Pattern Interrupts
Presenter: Sharon Sutherland, Professor, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Vancouver, B.C.

Participants will have the chance to work with a prototype “mediator’s impasse breaking card deck.” Participants will also work with other creativity-stimulating tools. They were designed for facilitators and teachers but work well within mediation and negotiations. Bring your curiosity plus iPhones, iPads, and favorite mediation apps. The workshop is suitable for all participants, but will appeal most to intermediate and advanced practitioners.

4.5 Social Emotional Constructs: The Art & Science of Designing Effective Collaborations
Presenter: Jennifer Kresge, Mediation, Training & Counseling Services, St. Helena, California

Self-awareness, self-regulation and resilience compose a strong component of who we are. They are also instrumental in developing conflict, negotiation, and resolution. We are the most socially interdependent mammals known to exist, yet many of us are not adept at managing our social world. Exploring how we process information, the creation of meaning, and how these constructs develop and function, we will discover the connections that make a difference in investment and meaningful and purposeful negotiations. We will learn what brings true meaning and investment in each other and collaborative resolution building.

5.6 Back to the Reptilian Brain: Understanding Motivation in Conflict
Presenter: Andre Koen, AM Horizons Training Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota

When we are in conflict we are not thinking, or emotions can cloud our thinking, and we are responding to our primal urges. This session examines how the primal brain gets its needs met, and methods we can use to help it get what it wants.

6.6 Brains on Conflict: Interpersonal Neurobiology & How the Science of Danger & Relationship Inform Conflict Resolvers
Presenter: Mark Baumann, Attorney at Law PS, Angeles Mediation, Port Angeles, Washington

Conflict is deeply affected by neuro-bio-psychological drives, developed through evolution, and designed to protect us from danger and to stay in relationship. This workshop will review current research applicable to lawyers, mediators, etc., describing core neurobiological and psychological drives will be reviewed. From this bedrock foundation, the presenter will offer solutions that flow from the underlying drivers of conflict. Mark Baumann, session presenter, will review: Dr. Stephen Porges Polyvagal Theory and the battle of the fight-flight-freeze system vs. the Social Engagement System; Iain McGilchrist’s neuro-hemisphere theory including research connecting rejection and aggression; and attachment theory with a particular emphasis on Dr. Patricia Crittenden’s perspectives. Mark will then explore the significance for conflict resolvers, including the concept of equipoise, the crucial elements of staying in relationship, and a 4-step process for integrating brain-body function to enhance problem solving skills. This workshop is informed by Mark’s experience and his recent graduate credit certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology (LL.M. equivalent).

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