Here is the description for a recent seminar at WISR, telling about the Mediators Beyond Chapter that is in the process of being formed. Feel free to comment if you participated in the seminar or even if you didn’t. What questions and thoughts do you have to share about this subject?
CONFLICT VS. ABUSE: WHAT SHOULD BE MEDIATED?
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, 6-8pm
David Yamada, PhD, Larry Loebig WISR PhD Candidate, & John Bilorusky,WISR Faculty Facilitators. This seminar, sponsored by a Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB) chapter we are currently organizing at WISR, examines the types of differences and disputes that may be appropriate for mediation vs. those that are not. In particular, it raises the question: What are the distinctions between “ordinary” conflict, which may include incivility, disrespectful acts and statements, and expressions of anger, and situations that have become abusive, such as targeted harassment, bullying, and physically threatening or harmful behavior? We will examine these situations as they arise in family situations, workplaces, and communities.
WISR’s MBB Chapter will be open to all currently enrolled students, as well as to prospective students who have submitted their $600 enrollment fee. It will also be open to WISR non-degree learners for a $100/year fee which gives them access to a blog on Wisrville (http://wisrville.org) and to membership in MBB, as well as participation in all WISR seminars and group learning activities (but not for academic credit). For those who cannot participate on site at WISR, but who would like to participate by phone line hook-up to WISR’s on site speakerphone, you may contact Dr. John Bilorusky