Somatic Skills for Conflict Resolvers

Stephen Kotev

November 6 -7, 2015

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

$650 + HST (Discounts available when payment is made four weeks prior. See online registration.)

Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo

This workshop topic has been offered by Stephen Kotev at a number of institutions, including the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Arlington, Virginia. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, and an alumni of Conrad Grebel University College. Stephen is a Conflict Management Practitioner and Mediator, his biography can be found on our People Profiles page.

The purpose of this workshop is to focus on developing physical skills that will enable conflict resolvers to manage more effectively the physiological stresses of conflict, experienced during conflict interventions.

During conflict interventions, disputants often display aggressive, hostile behaviour or profound sadness that can evoke strong emotional and physiological responses, not only in each other, but also in the conflict resolver.  While there is much attention given to acquiring verbal skills for de-escalation, it can be equally important to develop skills for effectively managing ones own physiological responses to the stress and emotions experienced during these interventions.

The purpose of this workshop is to help conflict resolvers/mediators manage their physiological responses in order to improve their performance when faced with stressful situations, common during conflict interventions.

Much of the workshop is based upon somatic exercises that originate in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, created by Dr. Paul Linden. 

Participants will learn about somatic skills, the shared concepts and principles of Aikido and conflict resolution, and engage in safe, effective and easily understood physical exercises that help people cope with mental and physical stress.  There will be opportunities to practice these skills in role-play scenarios of conflict situations.