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Summer Sessions for
Conflict Professionals

Session Details

Trainers Retreat: Transforming Conflict Through Insight

An Advanced Workshop for Collaborative Trainers - Sold Out

Park Corner/French River, PE, Canada


About This Session

In this 2 ½ day Retreat for Trainers in Collaborative Practice, we will be challenged to look deeply at the way we currently define and intervene in conflict. A combination of experiential teaching from a conflict expert, peer-led discussions, Tai Chi tactics and lots of time for socializing and reflection, this Retreat is a wonderful opportunity for Trainers to be Learners in a supportive and challenging environment.

1. The Insight Approach to Conflict: On the afternoon of Day 1 and the morning of Day 2 , we will learn about a new approach to conflict and conflict intervention, led by Dr. Cheryl Picard - an internationally renowned author, researcher, mediator and founder of the “Insight Approach to Conflict”. The Insight approach views human behaviour as fundamentally relational – and conflict as arising from responses to parties’ interpretations of everyday interactions, which are affected by embedded and dynamic social relations. In this approach, conflict is understood as an interpretation of threat to what deeply matters causing ongoing defend patterns of interaction that block productive problem-solving. By focusing on the threats that cause people to defend, collaborative practitioners are provided with a framework to understand what generates, escalates and sustains conflicts so they can work with parties to bring about learning and change.

In this highly interactive and experiential workshop, Trainers will discover new ways to view our role as conflict interveners and learn new skills and strategies to help us empower parties to change their defend patterns of interaction, facilitate new learning and enhance the parties’ abilities to make good decisions in the collaborative process.

2. Getting to Flow: Harmony Wagner will join the Trainers Retreat on our first and last mornings to bring a Tai Chi understanding to the anatomy of conflict and offer practical tools to improve listening skills, neutralize aggression and facilitate dialogue. Harmony will teach us Getting to Flow - Tai Chi Tactics for Better Communication, applying basic Tai Chi principles to the communication process. Through movement and dialogue, we will experience a different way to keep conversations moving forward between opposing forces. Working from the tenet that continuous flow is the basis of fruitful negotiation and the resolution of disputes, participants will gain new techniques to reduce stress, enhance perceptions and manifest outcomes when communication has become stuck. Using practical methods drawn from the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan, this workshop introduces a new approach to establishing and maintaining the connections required to harmonize a situation and collaborate.

3. Unstructured Time for Learning, Connecting and Resting: Outside of the Insight and Tai Chi training, we will have peer-led discussions on collaborative practice and training topics, eat delicious food and socialize together, and take time for personal reflection and rest.

Session Cost

$700.00 CAD

Plus tax for Canadian Residents

Session Accommodations

Participants may choose to stay together at a shared cost in the Park Corner/French River area of Prince Edward Island. If you choose to book your own accommodation, that’s ok, too! We will be in touch about accommodations once we receive your registration.

Meet The Trainers

Jacinta Gallant Collaborative Lawyer, Tainer and Mediator

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Jacinta is a collaborative lawyer, mediator and trainer living in Prince Edward island, Canada. “Never cut what can be untied” is the inspiration for Jacinta’s work, and “untangling knots” has been the focus of Jacinta’s highly successful collaborative and mediation practice. Jacinta is an engaging and energetic trainer in the local, national and international Collaborative Practice community. She loves the challenge of working with experienced professionals who want to deepen their skills to be more natural and authentic in practice. With a great sense of humour and a highly interactive presentation, Jacinta offers collaborative training that will help you transform your practice.

Dr. Cheryl Picard Conflict and Mediation Specialist

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Cheryl Picard, professor emeritus Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, is an educator, author, mediator, conflict specialist and coach. After retiring from Carleton in 2013, she returned to Prince Edward Island and now offers conflict services through Cheryl Picard & Associates. In addition to being a faculty member at Carleton, Dr. Picard taught courses at Columbia University; George Mason University; the Law University of Lithuania in Vilnius; Royal Roads University, and the University of Winnipeg. Over her almost 40 year career, she helped to establish university, community, school, restorative justice, church, and workplace conflict resolution and mediation programs in Canada, Cuba, Bermuda, and Trinidad and Tobago. Cheryl is the author of four books, the most recent, “Practicing Insight Mediation”, focuses on the skills of mediation and conflict resolution using the insight approach to conflict, which she co-founded in 2001. Dr. Picard was recognized by Family Mediation Canada with the FAMMA Award for exceptional contributions to the field, and the by Canadian Department of Peace Initiative for long-standing peace work.

Harmony Wagner, R. Ac.

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Harmony Wagner R.Ac, is a certified instructor with the North American Tang Shou Tao Association. With years of experience facilitating groups, Harmony has taught Chinese Internal Martial Arts, Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) across North America and in Asia. She runs a TCM clinical practice and Marram School of Internal Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Harmony has developed the FLOW Method drawn from the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan, which introduces a new approach to establishing and maintaining the connections required to harmonize stress and collaborate.