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Social Justice Mediation Training Aug 28-Sept 1 (Amherst, Mass)

The Social Justice Mediation Institute is holding its next training August 28-September 1, 2011
in Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A. for those who are interested in becoming trained mediators from a social justice perspective

More information and registration details can be found at http://www.sjmediation.org

This mediation training is designed to explore how identity and power imbalances affect the development and resolution of conflict

For more information and to register see: http://www.sjmediation.orgor contact

Leah Wing, Ed.D. at: lwing (at) legal (dot) umass (dot) edu
Faculty, University of Massachusetts/Amherst (USA) and
Co-Director, National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (USA)

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 roleplay practice.

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 new strategies that account for privilege and works to undermine it.

After having considered challenges facing conflict resolvers by racism, classism, sexism, colonization, and other structural and social forms of 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 university campuses and organizations. So far, over 2500 people have been trained in this model and it has been found effective in preparing mediators to respond to the realities of multicultural conflicts in organizations and communities in a variety of cultural and national settings.

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