A mediation training designed to explore how identity and
power imbalances affect the development and resolution of conflict
What we will be doing:
A five day mediation training using a social justice lens.
Participants will explore the relationship between social justice and how conflicts develop and are resolved through lectures, interactive activities, analyses of (actual) videotaped mediation sessions, skill improvement, and roleplays.
Participants will receive a mediation certificate of successful completion of the training.
Why a social justice approach to mediation?
The Social Justice Mediation Model was developed in response to the pattern that has emerged in the field of mediation revealing that mainstream mediation is not equally serving all segments of the population. Despite the demonstrated success of mediation, recent research shows that it also routinely reproduces privilege both structurally within the institution and interpersonally between disputing parties. In this training, we will undertake a critical examination of how and why this occurs in the mainstream approach to mediation and we will investigate a new strategy that accounts for privilege and works to undermine it.
After having considered challenges facing conflict resolvers by racism, classism, sexism and other forms of social inequities, participants will be trained to mediate using a social justice lens while helping disputing parties reach mutually agreeable solutions.
This model is built upon theoretical frameworks grounded in the fields of Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Studies, Multicultural Education, and Conflict Resolution. Its unique approach is not offered by any other training institute or trainers and has been utilized by over 100 campuses and organizations across the country. So far, over 2000 people have been trained in this model. It has been praised for preparing mediators to effectively respond to the realities of multicultural conflicts in organizations and communities.
For more details on the approach and how one college utilized it, see the 2002 Paine article: http://www.campus-adr.org/CMHER/ReportArticles/Edition2_4/Oberlin2_4.html.
May 13-17, 2013 and June 8-12, 2013
For more Information, contact
Leah Wing at 413.545.5882 or
by email at email@example.com