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Continuing Professional Development

The purpose of CPD is to ensure that Mediators keep their knowledge and skills up to date for the benefit of users of their service and for their own personal and professional development. CPD has an underlying ethical premise that asserts that clients have a right to expect competent and skilled practitioners. Thus every Mediator has a responsibility to maintain and develop knowledge and skills, and alongside the individual responsibility, lies the professional Institute's obligation to provide the means whereby this can happen.Most professional bodies acknowledge that CPD is a commitment to lifelong learning with an emphasis on 'home skills', thus for the MII, the emphasis is on mediation skills.The MII requires that all practising Members complete a minimum of CPD hours and has agreed a CPD points system.

Additional mandatory training required for mediating with Separating Couples - 

40 hours Separating Couples training is mandatory for members who wish to be certified to mediate with Separating Couples. See Accredited Family Training for upcoming courses

 

For information in relation to MII accreditation, membership, ethics or policy you should review the relevant section of this web site or contact info@themii.ie for information

For information on becoming a registered MII member, please see Membership Overview.

CPD Course Listing

Please note:

  • CPD courses are listed for advertising purposes and are not accredited by the MII.
  • Not all courses are run the MII. Please contact the training organisations listed for the course for more information

MII Code of Ethics and Practice on Zoom

Presented by Karen Erwin. From Wed 08 Dec 2021 to Thu 09 Dec 2021

Online using Zoom
3 CPD Points

MII Code of Ethics and Practice 

Presented by Karen Erwin.  8 and 9 December  9.00-10.30

ONLINE
3 CPD Points

MII Code of Ethics and Practice Training

 

Dates:  Delivered over two online sessions on Wednesday 8th December  AND Thursday 9th December 9.00-10.30
             Each session is  1.5 hours long.

Venue: Online via Zoom 

Time:     9.30 - 11.00 This course is two sessions in the same week.

Cost:      €75.00

Trainer: Karen Erwin. Advanced MII member; Past President The MII and an experienced trainer. For further information and testimonials on the trainer www.erwin-mediation.ie

CPD: This  training qualifies for 3 CPD points and fulfils the MII requirement for completion of the mandatory MII Code of Ethics and Practice training which must be completed every 3 years to retain membership of the MII. It has full MII approval.

Training content: The training, which is based on the Code of Ethics and Practice of the MII, is an interactive training using practical examples to illustrate points; it updates the Code where appropriate with the provisions of the Mediation Act 2017; it allows for participants’ experiences to be shared and questions to be asked and answers discussed.

Outcomes of the training:

By the end of the training you will have an in-depth understanding of ethical and practical issues that might arise in practice; you will know the implications of the Mediation Act 2017 as it affects the Code; you will have had the opportunity to raise issues from your practice and be informed of issues that other mediators have; you will have refreshed your mediation knowledge.  

Testimonials on the training:

“Excellent presentation – obviously very well prepared and knowledgeable”

“This was one of the best training sessions learning events I have attended in the field of mediation. Karen was easy to listen to and a font of knowledge”

“Excellent presentation. Really useful discussion of the materials. Kept group alert and focussed. Gave examples for clarity and invited and responded to all questions.”

 

Booking Form:  training@erwin-mediation.ie

Payment: Payment by interbank transfer.

Training materials provided.

Payment secures booking

Email training@erwin-mediation.ie for a booking form

For further enquiries call 0872 415 844.

Places are allocated on a first come and paid first served. 

Cancellation: If you cancel 14 days before the course you will get a full refund less an administration cost of €20.00. You will not be entitled to any refund if you cancel less than 14 days before the course. A substitute person may attend in your stead with an administration charge of €20.00.

The trainer retains the right to cancel or postpone the course in the event that there are not sufficient numbers booked.  

GDPR: As this is mandatory training to retain membership of the MII the Trainer will be liaising with the MII in relation to attendances on the course and the booking form will seek permission under GDPR to provide attendance information to the MII as well as anonymised evaluation comments to assist their quality assurance.

 

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Mediation Questions Training based on the book: The Mediators Toolkit: Formulating and asking Questions for Successful Outcomes.

Presented by Gerry O'Sullivan. From Wed 01 Dec 2021 to Thu 09 Dec 2021

Online using Zoom
28 CPD Points

Online Training

 

based on the book:

‘The Mediator’s Toolkit: Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes’
Author and Trainer: Gerry O’Sullivan

 

Training course to radically sharpen, focus, and improve your mediation questioning skills to help you facilitate parties to successful and sustainable outcomes.

 

Presented by Gerry O’Sullivan, O’Sullivan Solutions

Online using Zoom
28 CPD Points 

 

Detailed information and booking:

https://www.osullivansolutions.ie/shtml/training_S_questions.shtml

This information includes a video advertisement as well as a complimentary video from Module 1.

 

Dates:

December course Dec 1, 2, 8, 9 (1.30pm - 5.30pm GMT)

Wednesdays and Thursdays

Cost: €429 - four half-day sessions

Venue: Online via Zoom 

 

THEMES COVERED IN THE SEVEN MODULES

Each module starts with delivery of the theory behind the question type, then film footage of a role-played mediation demonstrates the use of that question and this is followed by a presentation of its application to mediation practice. Workbooks with comprehensive notes, exercises and discussion points are also provided.

 

Introductory Module 1

Module 1a: The Context for Creating a Paradigm Shift

  • This module shows the goals that need to be achieved when asking questions in mediation. You will learn how the distortion, deletion and deficit of communicated information can hinder or block conflict solution and the physiological changes that occur when parties are in conflict.

Module 1b: Use of 'The S Questions Model' and its application

  • This module gives an overview of the framework of the S Questions Model and the four dimensions of questions within that model. It also introduces the Film Case Scenario that will be used as the context for all the filmed role plays in the other modules and the Practice Case Scenario that will be used in exercises post learning.

 

Module 2

Shift Thinking: Journey of Inference Questions

  • The film contained in this module sets the context for the dispute, giving the interpretations and assumptions that parties made about the conflict situation and how this led to their misunderstanding of each other and to the positional stance that they took. These Journey of Inference questions make an unconscious thinking process conscious and introduce new insight to the parties that creates understanding between them. They shift a party's perspective from their old narrative towards a new and more healthy narrative.
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

Module 3

Shift Thinking: Other People Questions

  • The first film in this module illustrates how to challenge Kathy’s Journey of Inference (interpretations, assumptions and conclusions) by using Other People Questions and demonstrates how this can be done in a safe way. The second film uses Other People Questions with both parties in the room together at a later phase of the mediation. These questions broaden the perspectives of parties and make it easier for them to respond to questions which might otherwise invoke a feeling of threat. They facilitate a party to think cognitively, rather than from an 'avoid-threat reflex' state and they create understanding and illustrate empathy between parties.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party and both parties in the room)

 

Module 4

The two films in this module cover separate meetings with one of the characters, Kathy, during which a paradigm shift starts to take place as a result of the questions she is asked. As a result, Kathy starts to become more congruent in her communication and will be better prepared for the joint meeting.

Module 4a: Shift Thinking: Neuro-Linguistic Programming based Questions

  • These questions bring clarity and explore subjective realities, reconnecting a party's language, along with its deletions, distortions and generalisations, with their actual experience.  They separate a party's 'fears' from the 'facts' and support a party to move from a place of intransigence. These questions lead to an adjustment of a party's subjective reality and a paradigm shift in their thinking and approach.
    (Demonstration film is done with one party at a separate meeting)

Module 4b: Distinctions and Differences Questions

  • These questions also bring clarity and explore subjective realities. Specifically. they enable a party to step back from the conflict and view it with an alternative perspective. The questions bring clarity, relevance and boundary to a conflict. They bring measurement regarding something that requires more precise information such as the extent of an impact on parties; the level of understanding reached; the progress made during the mediation process; the appropriateness of solutions etc. These questions lead to an adjustment of a party's subjective reality and a paradigm shift in their thinking and approach.
    (Demonstration film is done with one party at a separate meeting)

 

Module 5

Shift Thinking: Cognitive Elements Based Questions

  • This film demonstrates a private meeting with Tom and it shows how to identify clashing cognitive elements resulting in cognitive dissonance within him. The mediator demonstrates how to use this knowledge as a means for a party to identify future actions in order to return to a state of cognitive consonance. By returning to this state, a party can start to think logically and make rational decisions. These questions gently and safely challenge a party that is strongly defending their position or who appears to be in 'denial'. They facilitate a party to explore their dissonance so that they can get to the root of their inner conflict, and make decisions about how they need to address their conflict in the joint session.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party at a separate meeting)

 

Module 6

Shift Thinking: Underlying Interests Questions

  • The two films in this module show how asking questions that go below the surface of a party’s position can lead to the core of their conflict and lead to their underlying interests and needs. Once this is done, parties become less emotional and are able to think cognitively and make decisions. Identifying these conscious or unconscious underlying interests provides a platform from which appropriate and sustainable agreements that meet a party’s underlying interests, rather than their positional demands, can be reached.
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

Module 7

The two films in this module cover separate meetings with one of the characters, Kathy, during which a paradigm shift starts to take place as a result of the questions she is asked. As a result, Kathy starts to become more congruent in her communication and will be better prepared for the joint meeting.

Module 7a: Future Focus Questions

  • Future Focused questions can change the state of a person so that they begin to think logically rather than emotionally. This allows them to safely think through the kind of agreements that could meet their underlying interests and needs. These questions paint a possible hypothetical, conditional or consequential picture on which parties can reflect and make decisions, from outside their current paradigm. These questions move a party off the conflict treadmill and lessen the chance of a party having an amygdala hijack and thinking from an emotional perspective.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party on their own as well as with both parties in the room)

Module 7b: Shift Thinking: Reflective Connecting Questions

  • Reflective Connecting questions facilitate a party or parties to see the cycle of conflict that developed between them and how each of their actions may have led to a reaction from the other.  They enable parties to make connections and links between various facets of a conflict, thus broadening and expanding their thinking. These questions increase understanding and facilitate the parties to agree actions should an incident like this arise in the future. 
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

 

Testimonials

"Excellent course, Gerry’s warmth and enthusiasm was infectious."
                                                                                                Declan McBrearty, Irish Prison Service

 

"An essential next step for anyone who has done the theory of mediation and anyone who wants to up-skill."
                                                                               Muriel Walls, Walls & Toomey, Solicitors, Dublin

 

"If you want to learn from somebody who knows their job and loves it, this is the course for you. Gerry’s honesty and enthusiasm is infectious. Brilliant facilitation and invaluable knowledge."
                                                                                                                                Ken Quinn, Wexford

 

 

"This training is exceptionally informative and revealing - enlightening the possibilities of good practise in mediation."
                                                                                   Tracey Thompson, Tipperary County Council

 

"It is essential information for anyone mediating."
Mary Smyth, State Valuation Office, Dublin

 

"Attend."
                                                   Chris Dunne, Hannah Carney & Associates, Solicitors, Dublin

 

Detailed information and booking:

https://www.osullivansolutions.ie/shtml/training_S_questions.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

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MII Code of Ethics and Practice on Zoom

Presented by Karen Erwin. From Wed 10 Nov 2021 to Thu 11 Nov 2021

Online using Zoom
3 CPD Points

MII Code of Ethics and Practice 

Presented by Karen Erwin.  10 and 11 November 9.00-10.30

ONLINE
3 CPD Points

MII Code of Ethics and Practice Training

 

Dates:  Delivered over two online sessions on Wednesday 10th November  AND Thursday 11th November 9.00-10.30
             Each session is  1.5 hours long.

Venue: Online via Zoom 

Time:     9.30 - 11.00 This course is two sessions in the same week.

Cost:      €75.00

Trainer: Karen Erwin. Advanced MII member; Past President The MII and an experienced trainer. For further information and testimonials on the trainer www.erwin-mediation.ie

CPD: This  training qualifies for 3 CPD points and fulfils the MII requirement for completion of the mandatory MII Code of Ethics and Practice training which must be completed every 3 years to retain membership of the MII. It has full MII approval.

Training content: The training, which is based on the Code of Ethics and Practice of the MII, is an interactive training using practical examples to illustrate points; it updates the Code where appropriate with the provisions of the Mediation Act 2017; it allows for participants’ experiences to be shared and questions to be asked and answers discussed.

Outcomes of the training:

By the end of the training you will have an in-depth understanding of ethical and practical issues that might arise in practice; you will know the implications of the Mediation Act 2017 as it affects the Code; you will have had the opportunity to raise issues from your practice and be informed of issues that other mediators have; you will have refreshed your mediation knowledge.  

Testimonials on the training:

“Excellent presentation – obviously very well prepared and knowledgeable”

“This was one of the best training sessions learning events I have attended in the field of mediation. Karen was easy to listen to and a font of knowledge”

“Excellent presentation. Really useful discussion of the materials. Kept group alert and focussed. Gave examples for clarity and invited and responded to all questions.”

 

Booking Form:  training@erwin-mediation.ie

Payment: Payment by interbank transfer.

Training materials provided.

Payment secures booking

Email training@erwin-mediation.ie for a booking form

For further enquiries call 0872 415 844.

Places are allocated on a first come and paid first served. 

Cancellation: If you cancel 14 days before the course you will get a full refund less an administration cost of €20.00. You will not be entitled to any refund if you cancel less than 14 days before the course. A substitute person may attend in your stead with an administration charge of €20.00.

The trainer retains the right to cancel or postpone the course in the event that there are not sufficient numbers booked.  

GDPR: As this is mandatory training to retain membership of the MII the Trainer will be liaising with the MII in relation to attendances on the course and the booking form will seek permission under GDPR to provide attendance information to the MII as well as anonymised evaluation comments to assist their quality assurance.

 

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Mediation Questions Training based on the book: The Mediators Toolkit: Formulating and asking Questions for Successful Outcomes.

Presented by Gerry O'Sullivan. From Thu 04 Nov 2021 to Fri 12 Nov 2021

Online using Zoom
28 CPD Points

Online Training

 

based on the book:

‘The Mediator’s Toolkit: Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes’
Author and Trainer: Gerry O’Sullivan

 

Training course to radically sharpen, focus, and improve your mediation questioning skills to help you facilitate parties to successful and sustainable outcomes.

 

Presented by Gerry O’Sullivan, O’Sullivan Solutions

Online using Zoom
28 CPD Points 

 

Detailed information and booking:

https://www.osullivansolutions.ie/shtml/training_S_questions.shtml

This information includes a video advertisement as well as a complimentary video from Module 1.

 

Dates:

November course Nov 4, 5, 11, 12 (1.30pm - 5.30pm GMT)

Thursdays and Fridays

Cost: €429 - four half-day sessions

Venue: Online via Zoom 

 

THEMES COVERED IN THE SEVEN MODULES

Each module starts with delivery of the theory behind the question type, then film footage of a role-played mediation demonstrates the use of that question and this is followed by a presentation of its application to mediation practice. Workbooks with comprehensive notes, exercises and discussion points are also provided.

 

Introductory Module 1

Module 1a: The Context for Creating a Paradigm Shift

  • This module shows the goals that need to be achieved when asking questions in mediation. You will learn how the distortion, deletion and deficit of communicated information can hinder or block conflict solution and the physiological changes that occur when parties are in conflict.

Module 1b: Use of 'The S Questions Model' and its application

  • This module gives an overview of the framework of the S Questions Model and the four dimensions of questions within that model. It also introduces the Film Case Scenario that will be used as the context for all the filmed role plays in the other modules and the Practice Case Scenario that will be used in exercises post learning.

 

Module 2

Shift Thinking: Journey of Inference Questions

  • The film contained in this module sets the context for the dispute, giving the interpretations and assumptions that parties made about the conflict situation and how this led to their misunderstanding of each other and to the positional stance that they took. These Journey of Inference questions make an unconscious thinking process conscious and introduce new insight to the parties that creates understanding between them. They shift a party's perspective from their old narrative towards a new and more healthy narrative.
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

Module 3

Shift Thinking: Other People Questions

  • The first film in this module illustrates how to challenge Kathy’s Journey of Inference (interpretations, assumptions and conclusions) by using Other People Questions and demonstrates how this can be done in a safe way. The second film uses Other People Questions with both parties in the room together at a later phase of the mediation. These questions broaden the perspectives of parties and make it easier for them to respond to questions which might otherwise invoke a feeling of threat. They facilitate a party to think cognitively, rather than from an 'avoid-threat reflex' state and they create understanding and illustrate empathy between parties.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party and both parties in the room)

 

Module 4

The two films in this module cover separate meetings with one of the characters, Kathy, during which a paradigm shift starts to take place as a result of the questions she is asked. As a result, Kathy starts to become more congruent in her communication and will be better prepared for the joint meeting.

Module 4a: Shift Thinking: Neuro-Linguistic Programming based Questions

  • These questions bring clarity and explore subjective realities, reconnecting a party's language, along with its deletions, distortions and generalisations, with their actual experience.  They separate a party's 'fears' from the 'facts' and support a party to move from a place of intransigence. These questions lead to an adjustment of a party's subjective reality and a paradigm shift in their thinking and approach.
    (Demonstration film is done with one party at a separate meeting)

Module 4b: Distinctions and Differences Questions

  • These questions also bring clarity and explore subjective realities. Specifically. they enable a party to step back from the conflict and view it with an alternative perspective. The questions bring clarity, relevance and boundary to a conflict. They bring measurement regarding something that requires more precise information such as the extent of an impact on parties; the level of understanding reached; the progress made during the mediation process; the appropriateness of solutions etc. These questions lead to an adjustment of a party's subjective reality and a paradigm shift in their thinking and approach.
    (Demonstration film is done with one party at a separate meeting)

 

Module 5

Shift Thinking: Cognitive Elements Based Questions

  • This film demonstrates a private meeting with Tom and it shows how to identify clashing cognitive elements resulting in cognitive dissonance within him. The mediator demonstrates how to use this knowledge as a means for a party to identify future actions in order to return to a state of cognitive consonance. By returning to this state, a party can start to think logically and make rational decisions. These questions gently and safely challenge a party that is strongly defending their position or who appears to be in 'denial'. They facilitate a party to explore their dissonance so that they can get to the root of their inner conflict, and make decisions about how they need to address their conflict in the joint session.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party at a separate meeting)

 

Module 6

Shift Thinking: Underlying Interests Questions

  • The two films in this module show how asking questions that go below the surface of a party’s position can lead to the core of their conflict and lead to their underlying interests and needs. Once this is done, parties become less emotional and are able to think cognitively and make decisions. Identifying these conscious or unconscious underlying interests provides a platform from which appropriate and sustainable agreements that meet a party’s underlying interests, rather than their positional demands, can be reached.
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

Module 7

The two films in this module cover separate meetings with one of the characters, Kathy, during which a paradigm shift starts to take place as a result of the questions she is asked. As a result, Kathy starts to become more congruent in her communication and will be better prepared for the joint meeting.

Module 7a: Future Focus Questions

  • Future Focused questions can change the state of a person so that they begin to think logically rather than emotionally. This allows them to safely think through the kind of agreements that could meet their underlying interests and needs. These questions paint a possible hypothetical, conditional or consequential picture on which parties can reflect and make decisions, from outside their current paradigm. These questions move a party off the conflict treadmill and lessen the chance of a party having an amygdala hijack and thinking from an emotional perspective.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party on their own as well as with both parties in the room)

Module 7b: Shift Thinking: Reflective Connecting Questions

  • Reflective Connecting questions facilitate a party or parties to see the cycle of conflict that developed between them and how each of their actions may have led to a reaction from the other.  They enable parties to make connections and links between various facets of a conflict, thus broadening and expanding their thinking. These questions increase understanding and facilitate the parties to agree actions should an incident like this arise in the future. 
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

 

Testimonials

"Excellent course, Gerry’s warmth and enthusiasm was infectious."
                                                                                                Declan McBrearty, Irish Prison Service

 

"An essential next step for anyone who has done the theory of mediation and anyone who wants to up-skill."
                                                                               Muriel Walls, Walls & Toomey, Solicitors, Dublin

 

"If you want to learn from somebody who knows their job and loves it, this is the course for you. Gerry’s honesty and enthusiasm is infectious. Brilliant facilitation and invaluable knowledge."
                                                                                                                                Ken Quinn, Wexford

 

 

"This training is exceptionally informative and revealing - enlightening the possibilities of good practise in mediation."
                                                                                   Tracey Thompson, Tipperary County Council

 

"It is essential information for anyone mediating."
Mary Smyth, State Valuation Office, Dublin

 

"Attend."
                                                   Chris Dunne, Hannah Carney & Associates, Solicitors, Dublin

 

Detailed information and booking:

https://www.osullivansolutions.ie/shtml/training_S_questions.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

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CINERGY™ Conflict Management Coaching Workshop

Presented by Mary Rafferty and Catherine O'Connell. From Tue 02 Nov 2021 to Wed 24 Nov 2021

Online using Zoom
32 CPD Points

CINERGY™ Conflict Management Coaching Workshop

 

Coaches help clients enhance their conflict management skills, find better ways of dealing with conflict situations and improve their communications when in difficult circumstances. This 8 half-day (online) intensive workshop will enable participants to begin coaching clients immediately on a one-to-one basis. It is suitable for working with managers, employees, people coping with difficulties situations and for people who want to enhance their conflict management and communication capacities.  You will:

 

•            Learn about and be able to coach people using the 7 stage CINERGY™ process

•            Understand conflict dynamics, coaching principles and essential coaching skills

•            Learn about and be able to use powerful questions that transform viewpoints

•            Receive one on one mentoring while you are coaching 

•            Get coached on your own hot buttons and managing difficult situations/people

 


Dates:  Tuesday and Wednesdays: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th November 2021

Times: 9.30am to 2pm with one 30 minute and two 5 minute comfort breaks daily.

Cost:    €1,295.00 with Early Bird Price of €995.00 (for registration before 1st October 2021)

Course deliver: Online using Zoom platform

Trainers Catherine O’Connell and Mary Rafferty

Booking: For more information or to book a place please email either Catherine O’Connell:  catherine@blossomdevelopment.com or Mary Rafferty: mary@consensusmediation.ie

 

 

 

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MII Code of Ethics and Practice on Zoom

Presented by Karen Erwin. From Tue 05 Oct 2021 to Wed 06 Oct 2021

Online using Zoom
3 CPD Points

MII Code of Ethics and Practice 

Presented by Karen Erwin.  5th & 6th Oct.   12.30-14.00

ONLINE
3 CPD Points

MII Code of Ethics and Practice Training

 

Dates:  Delivered over two online sessions on Tuesday 5th October 12.30 - 14.00  AND Wednesday 6th October 12.30 - 14.00
             Each session is  1.5 hours long.

Venue: Online via Zoom 

Time:     9.30 - 11.00 This course is two sessions in the same week.

Cost:      €75.00

Trainer: Karen Erwin. Advanced MII member; Past President The MII and an experienced trainer. For further information and testimonials on the trainer www.erwin-mediation.ie

CPD: This  training qualifies for 3 CPD points and fulfils the MII requirement for completion of the mandatory MII Code of Ethics and Practice training which must be completed every 3 years to retain membership of the MII. It has full MII approval.

Training content: The training, which is based on the Code of Ethics and Practice of the MII, is an interactive training using practical examples to illustrate points; it updates the Code where appropriate with the provisions of the Mediation Act 2017; it allows for participants’ experiences to be shared and questions to be asked and answers discussed.

Outcomes of the training:

By the end of the training you will have an in-depth understanding of ethical and practical issues that might arise in practice; you will know the implications of the Mediation Act 2017 as it affects the Code; you will have had the opportunity to raise issues from your practice and be informed of issues that other mediators have; you will have refreshed your mediation knowledge.  

Testimonials on the training:

“Excellent presentation – obviously very well prepared and knowledgeable”

“This was one of the best training sessions learning events I have attended in the field of mediation. Karen was easy to listen to and a font of knowledge”

“Excellent presentation. Really useful discussion of the materials. Kept group alert and focussed. Gave examples for clarity and invited and responded to all questions.”

 

Booking Form:  training@erwin-mediation.ie

Payment: Payment by interbank transfer.

Training materials provided.

Payment secures booking

Email training@erwin-mediation.ie for a booking form

For further enquiries call 0872 415 844.

Places are allocated on a first come and paid first served. 

Cancellation: If you cancel 14 days before the course you will get a full refund less an administration cost of €20.00. You will not be entitled to any refund if you cancel less than 14 days before the course. A substitute person may attend in your stead with an administration charge of €20.00.

The trainer retains the right to cancel or postpone the course in the event that there are not sufficient numbers booked.  

GDPR: As this is mandatory training to retain membership of the MII the Trainer will be liaising with the MII in relation to attendances on the course and the booking form will seek permission under GDPR to provide attendance information to the MII as well as anonymised evaluation comments to assist their quality assurance.

 

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Mediation Questions Training based on the book: The Mediators Toolkit: Formulating and asking Questions for Successful Outcomes.

Presented by Gerry O'Sullivan 1.30pm - 5.30pm over four half-day sessions. From Mon 27 Sep 2021 to Tue 05 Oct 2021

Online using Zoom
28 CPD Points

Online Training

 

 

based on the book:

‘The Mediator’s Toolkit: Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes’
Author and Trainer: Gerry O’Sullivan

 

Training course to radically sharpen, focus, and improve your mediation questioning skills to help you facilitate parties to successful and sustainable outcomes.

 

Presented by Gerry O’Sullivan, O’Sullivan Solutions

Online using Zoom
28 CPD Points 

 

Detailed information and booking:

https://www.osullivansolutions.ie/shtml/training_S_questions.shtml

This information includes a video advertisement as well as a complimentary video from Module 1.

 

Sept/Oct course Sept 27, 28, Oct 4, 5 (1.30pm - 5.30pm GMT)

Cost: €429 - four half-day sessions

Venue: Online via Zoom 

 

THEMES COVERED IN THE SEVEN MODULES

Each module starts with delivery of the theory behind the question type, then film footage of a role-played mediation demonstrates the use of that question and this is followed by a presentation of its application to mediation practice. Workbooks with comprehensive notes, exercises and discussion points are also provided.

 

Introductory Module 1

Module 1a: The Context for Creating a Paradigm Shift

  • This module shows the goals that need to be achieved when asking questions in mediation. You will learn how the distortion, deletion and deficit of communicated information can hinder or block conflict solution and the physiological changes that occur when parties are in conflict.

Module 1b: Use of 'The S Questions Model' and its application

  • This module gives an overview of the framework of the S Questions Model and the four dimensions of questions within that model. It also introduces the Film Case Scenario that will be used as the context for all the filmed role plays in the other modules and the Practice Case Scenario that will be used in exercises post learning.

 

Module 2

Shift Thinking: Journey of Inference Questions

  • The film contained in this module sets the context for the dispute, giving the interpretations and assumptions that parties made about the conflict situation and how this led to their misunderstanding of each other and to the positional stance that they took. These Journey of Inference questions make an unconscious thinking process conscious and introduce new insight to the parties that creates understanding between them. They shift a party's perspective from their old narrative towards a new and more healthy narrative.
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

Module 3

Shift Thinking: Other People Questions

  • The first film in this module illustrates how to challenge Kathy’s Journey of Inference (interpretations, assumptions and conclusions) by using Other People Questions and demonstrates how this can be done in a safe way. The second film uses Other People Questions with both parties in the room together at a later phase of the mediation. These questions broaden the perspectives of parties and make it easier for them to respond to questions which might otherwise invoke a feeling of threat. They facilitate a party to think cognitively, rather than from an 'avoid-threat reflex' state and they create understanding and illustrate empathy between parties.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party and both parties in the room)

 

Module 4

The two films in this module cover separate meetings with one of the characters, Kathy, during which a paradigm shift starts to take place as a result of the questions she is asked. As a result, Kathy starts to become more congruent in her communication and will be better prepared for the joint meeting.

Module 4a: Shift Thinking: Neuro-Linguistic Programming based Questions

  • These questions bring clarity and explore subjective realities, reconnecting a party's language, along with its deletions, distortions and generalisations, with their actual experience.  They separate a party's 'fears' from the 'facts' and support a party to move from a place of intransigence. These questions lead to an adjustment of a party's subjective reality and a paradigm shift in their thinking and approach.
    (Demonstration film is done with one party at a separate meeting)

Module 4b: Distinctions and Differences Questions

  • These questions also bring clarity and explore subjective realities. Specifically. they enable a party to step back from the conflict and view it with an alternative perspective. The questions bring clarity, relevance and boundary to a conflict. They bring measurement regarding something that requires more precise information such as the extent of an impact on parties; the level of understanding reached; the progress made during the mediation process; the appropriateness of solutions etc. These questions lead to an adjustment of a party's subjective reality and a paradigm shift in their thinking and approach.
    (Demonstration film is done with one party at a separate meeting)

 

Module 5

Shift Thinking: Cognitive Elements Based Questions

  • This film demonstrates a private meeting with Tom and it shows how to identify clashing cognitive elements resulting in cognitive dissonance within him. The mediator demonstrates how to use this knowledge as a means for a party to identify future actions in order to return to a state of cognitive consonance. By returning to this state, a party can start to think logically and make rational decisions. These questions gently and safely challenge a party that is strongly defending their position or who appears to be in 'denial'. They facilitate a party to explore their dissonance so that they can get to the root of their inner conflict, and make decisions about how they need to address their conflict in the joint session.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party at a separate meeting)

 

Module 6

Shift Thinking: Underlying Interests Questions

  • The two films in this module show how asking questions that go below the surface of a party’s position can lead to the core of their conflict and lead to their underlying interests and needs. Once this is done, parties become less emotional and are able to think cognitively and make decisions. Identifying these conscious or unconscious underlying interests provides a platform from which appropriate and sustainable agreements that meet a party’s underlying interests, rather than their positional demands, can be reached.
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

Module 7

The two films in this module cover separate meetings with one of the characters, Kathy, during which a paradigm shift starts to take place as a result of the questions she is asked. As a result, Kathy starts to become more congruent in her communication and will be better prepared for the joint meeting.

Module 7a: Future Focus Questions

  • Future Focused questions can change the state of a person so that they begin to think logically rather than emotionally. This allows them to safely think through the kind of agreements that could meet their underlying interests and needs. These questions paint a possible hypothetical, conditional or consequential picture on which parties can reflect and make decisions, from outside their current paradigm. These questions move a party off the conflict treadmill and lessen the chance of a party having an amygdala hijack and thinking from an emotional perspective.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party on their own as well as with both parties in the room)

Module 7b: Shift Thinking: Reflective Connecting Questions

  • Reflective Connecting questions facilitate a party or parties to see the cycle of conflict that developed between them and how each of their actions may have led to a reaction from the other.  They enable parties to make connections and links between various facets of a conflict, thus broadening and expanding their thinking. These questions increase understanding and facilitate the parties to agree actions should an incident like this arise in the future. 
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

 

Testimonials

“The Mediation Questions Training was excellent. Gerry expertly connects the psychological and theoretical elements to asking questions in mediation.   I found the content and delivery to be exceptional and I can honestly say that I have learned more from this incredible training than any other course I have completed. I attended the live four half-days online training and I have purchased access to some of the videos so that I can watch them again for increased learning.”

Sharon McGarr, BA (Hons) Psychology, MA Mediation and Conflict Intervention

Fieldwork Coordinator on the PRIMERA Project 

 

“I’ve just finished a brilliant online training course on Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes in mediation, delivered by the wonderfully knowledgeable and published author, Gerry O'Sullivan. I highly recommend Gerry’s course - and her book!”

Rachael Bicknell, Founder Squaring Circles, Mediator & Solicitor, Edinburgh, Scotland

 

The online course is really insightful. It provides the opportunity not only to deepen the theoretical knowledge of the mediation process in a structured way, but also to practice some techniques with your peers.

Natalia Djandigava, Project Manager at Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), Moldova

 

I really enjoyed this thought-provoking online course and found it endlessly fascinating. It really will be a game changer for me with my mediations. Gerry brought the book alive and made the process of getting into the depth of the subject great fun as well. She gave so much of herself which brought it to another dimension. 

Amanda Gahan, Steadfast HR Consultancy, Dublin

 

If you have ever been in a Mediation and you know that you are stuck and need some guidance on how to transform the conflict this is the course for you. Gerry's online training will equip you with the confidence and the tools to navigate this space and become a better mediator. It has given me a template for asking questions that go beyond the traditional methods that I was familiar with.

Noreen Fitzpatrick, Focus Ireland

 

I just completed Gerry's online course and learned so much through a very practical and realistic approach. Gerry has a lovely way of gently getting to underlying issues which is invaluable, not just in business, but also day to day life.

Adrian Haines, Mediation, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

 

 

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Mediation Questions Training based on the book: The Mediators Toolkit: Formulating and asking Questions for Successful Outcomes.

Presented by Gerry O'Sullivan. From Mon 27 Sep 2021 to Tue 05 Oct 2021

Online using Zoom
28 CPD Points

Online Training

 

based on the book:

‘The Mediator’s Toolkit: Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes’
Author and Trainer: Gerry O’Sullivan

 

Training course to radically sharpen, focus, and improve your mediation questioning skills to help you facilitate parties to successful and sustainable outcomes.

 

Presented by Gerry O’Sullivan, O’Sullivan Solutions

Online using Zoom
28 CPD Points 

 

Detailed information and booking:

https://www.osullivansolutions.ie/shtml/training_S_questions.shtml

This information includes a video advertisement as well as a complimentary video from Module 1.

 

Dates:

Sept/Oct course Sept 27, 28, Oct 4, 5 (1.30pm - 5.30pm GMT)

Mondays and Tuesdays

Cost: €429 - four half-day sessions

Venue: Online via Zoom 

 

THEMES COVERED IN THE SEVEN MODULES

Each module starts with delivery of the theory behind the question type, then film footage of a role-played mediation demonstrates the use of that question and this is followed by a presentation of its application to mediation practice. Workbooks with comprehensive notes, exercises and discussion points are also provided.

 

Introductory Module 1

Module 1a: The Context for Creating a Paradigm Shift

  • This module shows the goals that need to be achieved when asking questions in mediation. You will learn how the distortion, deletion and deficit of communicated information can hinder or block conflict solution and the physiological changes that occur when parties are in conflict.

Module 1b: Use of 'The S Questions Model' and its application

  • This module gives an overview of the framework of the S Questions Model and the four dimensions of questions within that model. It also introduces the Film Case Scenario that will be used as the context for all the filmed role plays in the other modules and the Practice Case Scenario that will be used in exercises post learning.

 

Module 2

Shift Thinking: Journey of Inference Questions

  • The film contained in this module sets the context for the dispute, giving the interpretations and assumptions that parties made about the conflict situation and how this led to their misunderstanding of each other and to the positional stance that they took. These Journey of Inference questions make an unconscious thinking process conscious and introduce new insight to the parties that creates understanding between them. They shift a party's perspective from their old narrative towards a new and more healthy narrative.
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

Module 3

Shift Thinking: Other People Questions

  • The first film in this module illustrates how to challenge Kathy’s Journey of Inference (interpretations, assumptions and conclusions) by using Other People Questions and demonstrates how this can be done in a safe way. The second film uses Other People Questions with both parties in the room together at a later phase of the mediation. These questions broaden the perspectives of parties and make it easier for them to respond to questions which might otherwise invoke a feeling of threat. They facilitate a party to think cognitively, rather than from an 'avoid-threat reflex' state and they create understanding and illustrate empathy between parties.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party and both parties in the room)

 

Module 4

The two films in this module cover separate meetings with one of the characters, Kathy, during which a paradigm shift starts to take place as a result of the questions she is asked. As a result, Kathy starts to become more congruent in her communication and will be better prepared for the joint meeting.

Module 4a: Shift Thinking: Neuro-Linguistic Programming based Questions

  • These questions bring clarity and explore subjective realities, reconnecting a party's language, along with its deletions, distortions and generalisations, with their actual experience.  They separate a party's 'fears' from the 'facts' and support a party to move from a place of intransigence. These questions lead to an adjustment of a party's subjective reality and a paradigm shift in their thinking and approach.
    (Demonstration film is done with one party at a separate meeting)

Module 4b: Distinctions and Differences Questions

  • These questions also bring clarity and explore subjective realities. Specifically. they enable a party to step back from the conflict and view it with an alternative perspective. The questions bring clarity, relevance and boundary to a conflict. They bring measurement regarding something that requires more precise information such as the extent of an impact on parties; the level of understanding reached; the progress made during the mediation process; the appropriateness of solutions etc. These questions lead to an adjustment of a party's subjective reality and a paradigm shift in their thinking and approach.
    (Demonstration film is done with one party at a separate meeting)

 

Module 5

Shift Thinking: Cognitive Elements Based Questions

  • This film demonstrates a private meeting with Tom and it shows how to identify clashing cognitive elements resulting in cognitive dissonance within him. The mediator demonstrates how to use this knowledge as a means for a party to identify future actions in order to return to a state of cognitive consonance. By returning to this state, a party can start to think logically and make rational decisions. These questions gently and safely challenge a party that is strongly defending their position or who appears to be in 'denial'. They facilitate a party to explore their dissonance so that they can get to the root of their inner conflict, and make decisions about how they need to address their conflict in the joint session.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party at a separate meeting)

 

Module 6

Shift Thinking: Underlying Interests Questions

  • The two films in this module show how asking questions that go below the surface of a party’s position can lead to the core of their conflict and lead to their underlying interests and needs. Once this is done, parties become less emotional and are able to think cognitively and make decisions. Identifying these conscious or unconscious underlying interests provides a platform from which appropriate and sustainable agreements that meet a party’s underlying interests, rather than their positional demands, can be reached.
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

Module 7

The two films in this module cover separate meetings with one of the characters, Kathy, during which a paradigm shift starts to take place as a result of the questions she is asked. As a result, Kathy starts to become more congruent in her communication and will be better prepared for the joint meeting.

Module 7a: Future Focus Questions

  • Future Focused questions can change the state of a person so that they begin to think logically rather than emotionally. This allows them to safely think through the kind of agreements that could meet their underlying interests and needs. These questions paint a possible hypothetical, conditional or consequential picture on which parties can reflect and make decisions, from outside their current paradigm. These questions move a party off the conflict treadmill and lessen the chance of a party having an amygdala hijack and thinking from an emotional perspective.
    (Demonstration films are done with one party on their own as well as with both parties in the room)

Module 7b: Shift Thinking: Reflective Connecting Questions

  • Reflective Connecting questions facilitate a party or parties to see the cycle of conflict that developed between them and how each of their actions may have led to a reaction from the other.  They enable parties to make connections and links between various facets of a conflict, thus broadening and expanding their thinking. These questions increase understanding and facilitate the parties to agree actions should an incident like this arise in the future. 
    (Demonstration film is done with both parties in the room)

 

 

Testimonials

"Excellent course, Gerry’s warmth and enthusiasm was infectious."
                                                                                                Declan McBrearty, Irish Prison Service

 

"An essential next step for anyone who has done the theory of mediation and anyone who wants to up-skill."
                                                                               Muriel Walls, Walls & Toomey, Solicitors, Dublin

 

"If you want to learn from somebody who knows their job and loves it, this is the course for you. Gerry’s honesty and enthusiasm is infectious. Brilliant facilitation and invaluable knowledge."
                                                                                                                                Ken Quinn, Wexford

 

 

"This training is exceptionally informative and revealing - enlightening the possibilities of good practise in mediation."
                                                                                   Tracey Thompson, Tipperary County Council

 

"It is essential information for anyone mediating."
Mary Smyth, State Valuation Office, Dublin

 

"Attend."
                                                   Chris Dunne, Hannah Carney & Associates, Solicitors, Dublin

 

Detailed information and booking:

https://www.osullivansolutions.ie/shtml/training_S_questions.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

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Mind Coaching Solutions: Online workshop series Integrating key interpersonal skills into your mediation practice

Presented by Brian O'Connell. From Thu 23 Sep 2021 to Thu 04 Nov 2021

ONLINE
20 CPD Points

 

                  WORKSHOP SERIES: MIND COACHING SOLUTIONS

                Integrating key interpersonal skills into your mediation practice

         Skills, Techniques & Strategies to enhance your mediation/coaching practice  

As mediators we develop a unique approach based on our own training, experience and personal qualities. Over this online workshop series, you will identify your key strengths and capabilities providing a sharper focus to your mediation practice. You will gain new insights and the opportunity to reflect on and practice key interpersonal skills required during the mediation process. This online workshop series is experiential and interactive with plenty of opportunity for group discussion.

Methodology

This is a series of 4 online interactive workshops with practical exercises, examples and group discussion. 

 

Mediation role play

 

Mediation role plays are an integral part of these workshops and will include pre-mediation, co-mediation and group mediation in a variety of contexts to allow you to continue to develop your practice. You will get meaningful feedback on interventions that you make, how effective they are and points for reflection. There will also be an opportunity for peer review from fellow mediators.

 

Duration: Each workshop will take place online on Zoom from:  9.30am – 1.00pm  

Workshop1: Thursday 23rd September 2021

Communication Skills

Communication skills are crucial to success both in your personal and professional life whether it is in influencing others, explaining yourself concisely or in developing emotional intelligence. You will get the opportunity on this workshop to explore different styles of communication through group discussion and mediation role play. You will learn how to deal with angry, difficult and manipulative clients and how to move the mediation process forward when clients reach an impasse.

Workshop2: Thursday 7th October 2021

 Developing your practice through NLP

Neuro Linguistic Programming is a psychological approach to how we think, communicate and behave. In this workshop you will learn how to use NLP skills including developing the business side of your mediation practice. You will use techniques such as goal setting, challenging limiting beliefs and achieving well-formed outcomes. You will have the opportunity to develop an actionable plan with specific goals and clear deadlines for a chosen aspect of your personal or professional life.

Workshop3: Thursday 21st October 2021

Active Listening, Incisive Questioning and Mediated Agreements

Listening – the quality of people’s attention for each other – is the core of this workshop. Most people think they listen well but they rarely do. When you apply active listening skills it can dramatically improve the way all parties think and behave during a mediation and bring about transformative change of the highest quality. On this workshop you will learn how to achieve this through a step-by-step guide that can be used in any situation. You will gain an understanding of mediation agreements and what they look like including dos and don’ts. You will also learn how to ask incisive questions and apply techniques to elicit more information to support and assist the mediation process.

Workshop4: Thursday 4th November 2021

Assertiveness, Aggressiveness and the Shadow Self

 In this workshop you will explore through group discussion and mediation role play the different ways in which assertiveness can facilitate the mediation process. This can be both through strategic interventions and modelling appropriate behaviour.

 There are 7 different ways of being assertive, and once you know how to apply these, you can increase your effectiveness as a mediator. This is a skill that when developed can be used to great effect in both your personal and professional life.

You will learn how to deal with and differentiate between aggressive and assertive behaviour. You will also learn how to maintain impartiality by recognising your ‘shadow self’ which contains unresolved aspects of your personality and in this way developing strategies for dealing with your ‘triggers’ and ‘hot buttons’.

Feedback from previous attendees:

‘Enjoyable and refreshing – great topics’

‘I would highly recommend this course. NLP adds a new dimension to the field of mediation’

‘Great mix of participants and I learnt lots from the role plays. Many thanks’

I found this course to be enjoyable, very interesting and informative. I would highly recommend this course to anyone’

'The course content was excellent, so interesting and opened up new possibilities for practice. Brian’s presentation skills – listening, commenting, explanations, handling of discussions made today altogether an excellent learning experience'

In particular, I wanted to let you know that your calm and open professional approach contributed considerably to putting participants at ease, thereby creating an environment online that was conducive to positive learning and to free expression. I think this is one of the reasons why the course was so successful, opening up safe and trusted space for people to reflect, interact, learn and grow under professional and experienced guidance’

 

Costs: Complete workshop series: €379: includes registration fee and course materials.

 20 CPD points
Places are limited to ensure transfer of key learning.
To book a place or for further information:
Please contact Brian O’Connell brianoconnella@gmail.com  mob.0863803610  www.mindcoachingsolutions.com 


Places are only guaranteed once payment is made

 Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 14 days in advance of the workshop series commencing will entail a 25% administration fee. Cancellations within 14 days of the workshop series commencing are not subject to a refund.

About the Trainer

 Brian O’Connell has wide experience as an Advanced Mediation Practitioner, Conflict Management Coach, N.L.P. Master Practitioner, Mind Coach, Trainer, Mentor, College Lecturer and Facilitator. He has integrated mediation skills with mind coaching, neuro linguistic programming & conflict management coaching to offer an effective and practical approach to enable mediators and coaches to enhance their professional practice.


             

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The Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP) Certification Workshop

Presented by Mary Lou O’Kennedy. From Sat 18 Sep 2021 to Sat 18 Sep 2021

Griffith College, Dublin
7 CPD Points

The Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP)

‘An Invaluable Part of Every Mediator’s Toolkit’

Certification Workshop

Date: Saturday, 18th September 2021

Venue: Griffith College, Dublin

Become a CDP certified practitioner – learn about how you respond behaviourally and emotionally in conflict and how to positively influence the conflict behaviours of others.

The Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP) is an assessment instrument which uniquely measuring conflict behaviours. It is an excellent resource to increase self-awareness and improve conflict management skills. The CDP is unlike any other assessment tool in that it focuses specifically on conflict behaviours, rather than styles. It helps mediators to be aware of their own emotional triggers, to avoid becoming reactive within mediation but also how to read and positively influence the conflict behaviours of others.

There are three versions of the instrument—the CDP-Individual (CDP-I), the CDP – Team and CDP-360. They all emphasize an action-oriented approach which leads to real improvement. A thorough 40-page Development Guide provides information and tips for coping with conflict and building strong interpersonal relationships.

Use the CDP assessment tool to enhance your own self-awareness and skills as a mediator and also those of your clients.

This one-day Certification Workshop is designed to train participants in the application and interpretation of the CDP-I and CDP-Team assessment tools, leading to Certification.

Further training is available for practitioners wishing to certify in the use of CDP-360.

What Participants Gain

  • An understanding of the Conflict Dynamics Model, its history, research and key principles
  • The knowledge and skills required to become a certified user of the Conflict Dynamics Profile – Individual and the Conflict Dynamics Team assessment tools
  •  Self-awareness of your own triggers and behaviours during conflict and the importance of constructive responses in the effective management of conflict 
  • The knowledge and processes required to assist others with developmental planning and training to become conflict competent
  • A practical methodology to link conflict competence with the achievement of positive outcomes in mediation

Recognised Credits

  • 7 Continuing Professional Development Points as approved by the Mediators Institute of Ireland
  • 14 Continuing Education Units as approved by the International Coach Federation (1 ICF Core Competencies and 6 Resource Development)

About CDP

CDP-Individual

As a “self-report,” the (CDP-I) provides a unique way of helping you understand more about how you respond to conflict behaviourally, both constructively and destructively.  It also identifies your emotional triggers that negatively impact on relationships. In doing this you also learn how to recognise and manage these patterns in others, thereby enhancing your mediation skills.

CDP- Team

The CDP is particularly helpful in team settings. In addition to each individual report, a group report can be generated that outlines team behaviours and responses. This report often opens the door for effective conversations about acceptable responses to conflict and hot button triggers. Members of the team learn how certain behaviours might inadvertently trigger irritation in their colleagues as well as how to avoid pushing these hot buttons.

CDP-360

The CDP-360 enables you to compare your own perceptions about how you behave during conflict with those of your colleagues. It provides a complete “conflict profile” with feedback from bosses, peers, and direct reports. The CDP-360 is particularly helpful for leaders, managers, and high-potential employees for whom conflict can be particularly challenging. The CDP-360 is the subject of an additional workshop and not included in this one-day workshop.

CDP Benefits for Users

  • Quick and easy administration
  • Inexpensive pricing
  • Behavioural feedback which is easy to understand
  • Information on emotional aspects of conflict
  • Abbreviated Development Guide
  • Group reports for intact teams

Using CDP in Mediation

The CDP can be used in numerous ways by mediators. It is an invaluable tool in expanding parties’ awareness of emotional triggers and potential destructive responses which every mediator seeks to avoid within the mediation process. It also provides a deeper level of understanding of the patterns of behaviour and interpersonal dynamics that mediators are challenged to manage in mediation and how to positively influence the conflict behaviours of parties.

The CDP is also an excellent pre-mediation tool which can be used effectively to prepare parties for mediation. It provides them with greater clarity in relation to those behaviours of others that trigger them into conflict and clearly demonstrates the choices they can make in whether they can respond constructively or destructively to the conflict within which they find themselves. It enables you as mediator to focus the parties on behaviours rather than on personalities.

When mediating with teams, the CDP can be particularly helpful. It often opens the door for effective conversations about acceptable responses to conflict and emotional triggers and the conflict culture of the team.  Members of the team learn how certain behaviours might inadvertently trigger irritation in their colleagues as well as how to avoid pushing these hot buttons and behave constructively.

 

CDP Authors

Sal Capobianco, Ph.D. was the Director of Assessment at the Management Development Institute and a Professor of Psychology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sal’s research interests are in organizational behaviour, particularly the characteristics of effective leaders and the psychological variables underlying group functioning. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University and his M.A. from the University of Kansas.

Mark H. Davis, Ph.D. is an award-winning Professor of Psychology at Eckerd College and has authored several highly-regarded assessment instruments, including the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP®). He is the author of over 45 articles and chapters in the area of Social Psychology as well as a book, Empathy: A Social Psychological Approach. Mark is also a consulting editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. In addition to his primary interests in studying empathy, interpersonal conflict and entrepreneurial mindset, Mark has also done research into such topics as why movies released late in the year receive more Academy Award nominations, and whether major league batters perform more poorly in pressure situations. This may explain why he watches so many movies and has season tickets to the Tampa Bay Rays. Mark received his B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Linda A. Kraus, Ph.D. is a court and family mediator as well as a consultant to organizations on issues of conflict, curriculum and training, and evaluation research. She has over 15 years of experience in teaching Sociology and conducting research on social relationships. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University and her M.A. in Sociology and B.A. in Psychology from East Carolina University.

Your Trainer

Profile: Mary Lou O’Kennedy

Mary Lou O’Kennedy is a mediator and conflict management specialist. She is a founding director of OAK Conflict Dynamics Ltd which is a leading Irish provider of training and consultancy services in conflict management, in the workplace. She has extensive experience of working with senior management in multinational companies, SME’s and public organisations in Ireland and Europe.

Mary Lou works in partnership with the Centre for Conflict Dynamics and the Mediation Training Institute in Eckerd College, Florida, with the Centre for Workplace Dynamics in Paris and the CINERGY Group in Toronto. She is a master trainer in Conflict Dynamics Profiling, Managerial Mediation and CINERGY Conflict Management Coaching. She is a professional mediator and lectures in Mediation with the Department of Law in Griffith College, Dublin. She is a practitioner member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.

What Other  Say About Us

‘I have found CDP to be an invaluable tool that brings new depth to the mediation process, enabling participants in situations of conflict to also explore their own internal conflict dynamics. This shift in self-focus can be an invaluable component in conflict resolution, both for the mediator and for the parties in conflict.  Used in a team setting, CDP can potentially bring to the surface new insights into aspects of team or organisational culture that may otherwise have remained unseen. CDP is robust, responsive, adaptable and capable of encompassing diversity, each individual profile reflecting a unique perspective.

CDP is a skill that can be taught, and learned, opening minds and hearts to greater awareness, as well as delivering results that are practical, measurable and visible. In the very capable hands of Mary Lou, its potential is magnified as she has the skills to detect, explore and reveal new insights for the user.  This awareness is the key to rebalancing one’s perspective. The experience resembles taking a photograph from the inside-out, and self-adjusting one’s focus to obtain the desired outcome (perhaps one that might previously have proven elusive or beyond reach).  I have found from experience that the blueprint of one’s behaviour, post-CDP, illuminates subsequent action and enables informed choice on the path to change’.

Anna Doyle, Certified CDP Consultant, MII Advanced Mediator

‘I found the Workshop to be well structured and comfortably paced. The facilitators are hugely experienced both in terms of usage of CDP and generally in terms of conflict prevention and management. I left confident that I could and would use CDP in my Mediation practice as it provides valuable insights for those undertaking the self-assessment as it does for those administering it. Two well spent days!’

Loughlin Quinn, Certified CDP Consultant, MII Advanced Mediator, Former Director of the Civil & Public Service Mediation Service

Who Should Attend?

This workshop should be attended by:

  • Mediators
  • Conflict Management Coaches
  • Solicitors
  • HR Professionals
  • Business Consultants
  • Business Coaches
  • Trainers

and others involved in dealing with the challenges of workplace conflict.

COST

The Cost of this Workshop is €750 per participant (15% Reduction for MII members)

Certification is conducted post the workshop at a cost of €250.  It is conducted online on a one-on-one basis with a CDP qualified assessor. Further details of the assessment process are provided during the workshop.

Contact Us

To book your place on this workshop or for more information, contact Estelle Varney at estelle@oakconflictdynamics.ie .

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