Working with clients’ conflict stories: how to help clients move beyond helplessness and become the hero of the next chapters of their story with Sam Hardy
3 July 2018
Tuesday, 3 July
Clients tell stories about their conflicts to others, and also to themselves. As they repeatedly think and talk about their conflict, their story becomes more simplified and more rigid. Conflict stories tend to structure and distort a client’s perception of their conflict, frequently involving a theme of helplessness. In this presentation, participants will explore the nature of conflict stories and how they tend to work against constructive engagement with conflict. They will also learn some simple strategies to work with a client to assist them to deconstruct and better understand his or her conflict story, and to support them to recreate a preferred conflict story leading to a more constructive and proactive engagement with the conflict in the future.
Resolution Institute thanks Jackson McDonald for generously hosting this event.
Please attend and gain 1.5 CPD points under the RI & NMAS accreditation schemes. Attendees will also be entitled to 1 CPD point under Competency Area 2 – Professional Skills as required by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.
About the speaker
Sam is the principal of Conflict Coaching International, an organization that provides coaching and training in conflict management and resolution. Sam is an Accredited Mediator under the NMAS and a Certified Transformative Mediator by the US Institute of Conflict Transformation. She is an experienced conflict coach and the founder of the REAL Conflict Coaching System. Sam is also a well-known university educator, holding appointments at a number of universities in Australia, South East Asia and the United States. Sam has published widely in conflict resolution, including her books Dispute Resolution in Australia, 3rd Ed. (2014) co-authored with David Spencer, Mediation for Lawyers (2010) co-authored with Olivia Rundle, and Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Social and legal issues facing individuals, couples and families (2016) co-authored with Olivia Rundle and Damien Riggs. Sam has a particular interest in narrative and storytelling in conflict management and resolution.