Gary Harper

Featured Workshop Presenter
18th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

 Harper & Associates, Burnaby, BC

www.joyofconflict.com

garyharper@shaw.ca

"A brilliant facilitator and mediator whose training sessions are as much fun as they are insightful."
Elise Roaf, MBA, CHRP

“Your interaction and approach created a trusting, open and comfortable atmosphere in which to learn.”
J.B., Statistics Canada

The Joy of Teaching Conflict Resolution: Engaging the Learner

Session 6.3 Saturday, April 30, 2011 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Participants will experience four exercises, each dealing with an aspect of conflict resolution. Some exercises will involve specifically designed “conflict skill cards” and “conflict style cards.” We will then debrief each exercise from both a participant and a trainer perspective.

 

Introduction to Narrative: Constructing Stories of Resolution

with Gordon White, Mediator & Trainer, Victoria, BC
and Jody Faibish, Justice Institute of BC, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC

Session 5.2 Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Parties in conflict make sense of their situation through story. Their existing stories often trap them in confrontation and thwart collaboration. This interactive workshop will introduce you to a narrative approach to conflict resolution and provide tools and concepts to help you work with existing stories to construct new stories that will foster understanding and resolution. Specifically, you will learn how the “drama triangle of conflict,” selective memory, and two powerful questions can help you shift parties from confrontation to collaboration.

 

Q&A with Gary Harper

NWDR: What's the central theme of your Engaging the Learner program?

GH: How to engage the learner through creative and interactive techniques.

NWDR: What will you do in this workshop?

GH: Participants will experience Four proven exercises to teach various aspects of conflict resolution, then debrief how they might apply them in their own conflict resolution workshops.

NWDR: Are there particular "takeaways" - materials or skills - that you'll be offering to those who attend?

GH: This session is designed for those who teach conflict resolution or mediation. It will be interactive and fun and participants will receive a “trainer’s guide” to the four exercises that they can use or adapt.

NWDR: How do you describe your Introduction to Narrative program?

GH: Parties in conflict make sense of their situation through story. Their stories often trap them in confrontation and thwart collaboration. This interactive workshop will introduce you to a narrative approach to conflict resolution and provide tools and concepts to help you work with such stories and construct new stories that will foster understanding and resolution. Specifically, you will learn how the “drama triangle of conflict”, selective memory, and two powerful questions can help you shift parties from confrontation to collaboration.

NWDR: What's different about it? Something in the material, or how you cover it?

GH: Narrative mediation techniques can be applied to all forms of mediation – yet is a relatively new concept for many mediators. We will combine two perspectives on a narrative approach to conflict.

NWDR: What got you interested in the topic? Have a story for us?

GH: At a conference in 1998, I attended a workshop by Lloyd Kornelsen of Winnipeg, in which he read us The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. (The traditional story, but told from the wolf’s perspective.) This intrigued me and soon after, I attended another workshop by Ken Cloke, in which he introduced the archetypal triangle of victim, rescuer and persecutor. Both those concepts impacted me a great deal and I began to explore a narrative approach to conflict.

 

See the full list of all 2011 Workshops here.

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