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21 February 2018 Melbourne Bernie Mayer workshop

21 February 2018

Time: 9:00 AM -4:30 PM
Venue: Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


Super early bird fee : register by 02 January 2018

Early bird fee : register by 26 January 2018

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Monday, 19 February 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (AEDT)

Getting to the heart of conflict with Professor Bernie Mayer

We warmly invite you to join Professor Bernie Mayer in this highly interactive workshop. This workshop focuses on how can we make an impact on the most significant elements of the conflicts our clients bring to us. Bernie is well known to Resolution Institute members both for workshops and presentations at conferences in Australia and New Zealand. Many members have also benefited from Bernie’s insights shared through his numerous books and articles including The Conflict Paradox, Staying with Conflict, The Dynamics of Conflict, and Beyond Neutrality

Workshop content

Bernie will encourage us to think about our approach to conflict and fine tune our skills as conflict specialists by:

- Looking beyond interests: how we can identify what people really want in conflict and how we can work with the complex range of needs people bring to the table, their multiple levels of interests, identity issues, and survival concerns.
- Working with the emotional, cognitive, and behavioural dimensions of the disputes.
- Addressing polarised thinking: working with disputants to understand their choices in a more constructive and flexible way.
- Understanding power: facing the challenge when there are significant power differentials including bullying, harassment, and access to justice issues.
- Responding to enduring conflict: addressing long term issues in the short term framework of mediation.

About Bernie Mayer, PhD

Bernie is Professor of Conflict Studies, Program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Creighton University, and a founding partner of CDR Associates in Colorado. Bernie has provided conflict intervention for families, communities, NGO’s, unions, corporations, and governmental agencies for over 35 years. Bernie is internationally recognised as a trainer and an innovative leader in applying mediation and conflict resolution to human service arenas and particularly to disputes between public agencies and involuntary clients. He has consulted on conflict management procedures and trained mediators, negotiators, and conflict interveners throughout the United States and Canada, and in Australia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Indonesia, England, Ireland, Moldova, Poland, Hungary, and New Zealand.

Bernie is the author of many books and articles, including The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention, Staying with Conflict: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Dispute, Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution and The Conflict Paradox: Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes.

Bernie is the recipient of the 2015 John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award, presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution and the 2013 President’s Award presented by the Association of Family Conciliation Courts.