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conflict Confident Workshops

Transform conflict engagement from struggle to superpower

Are your student leaders ready? From roommate friction to campus-wide disputes over values, rights, and politics, the students who have stepped up to serve will face more than their share of conflict. Will they have the skills for success?

Conflict is normal where people gather. Whether it’s painful or productive depends on how well we deal with it. And how well we deal with it depends on how skilled we are.

Are your leaders equipped with the tools to deescalate conflict, create learning conversations and promote problem solving? Can they constructively engage disagreement, defensiveness and strong emotions? Can they calm the waters and build trust?

You can prepare them with a Conflict Confident Workshop. They can become the effective listeners, empathizers, connectors, and dispute resolvers who build productive relationships and compassionate environments. 

At my Conflict Confident workshops, students will learn to constructively engage conflict with specific thinking, communication, and problem solving skills—informed by neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness.  They’ll develop a practice of skillful thinking, feeling, and doing to:

  • Lead with skill, confidence and compassion
  • Build relationships
  • Reduce stress 
  • Resolve disputes
  • Create vibrant communities

I lead my student workshops with passion, energy, humility, and humor to make the content memorable and the learning fun. If my students aren’t engaged, I’m not doing my job.

HOW IT WORKS

1. CONTACT ME

Let’s discuss the challenges and needs of your student leaders.

2. I'll PROPOSE A WORKSHOP

I'll design a half-day, full-day, or two-day (or other) workshop to best meet your specific needs.

3.  YOUR STUDENTS WILL GET CONFLICT CONFIDENT

At the workshop, student leaders will learn and practice skills that will increase their success with engaging conflict and enhance the wellbeing of their communities.

Peter has been a key faculty member and has motivated hundreds of students to build vital skills using respect, humility, and lively good fun. He’s one of the most effective teachers I’ve witnessed in this field.”
— Susan Sgorbati, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Bennington College

AMONG THE TOPICS WE CAN BUILD INTO YOUR CONFLICT CONFIDENT COLLEGE WORKSHOP ARE:

  • Skillful Thinking for Effective Conflict Engagement
  • Successful Approaches to Difficult Conversations
  • Listening to Understand
  • Speaking to Be Understood
  • Interest-based Problem Solving
  • Productive Disagreement
  • Using NVC for Connection and Compassionate Responses
  • Tapping Social Emotions for Effortless Self-Control
  • Trust Building Skills
  • Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
  • Mediation Skills for Student Leaders

Peter’s classes were always challenging and fun. Several years on since graduation, I still have all my notes and use the skills he taught every day.”
— Hannah Moran, AmeriCorps Member, Bennington College ‘15