[Sust-mar] innovative international conflict resolution program

Margaret Tusz King margaret at tatacentre.ca
Tue Mar 24 13:16:44 EDT 2009

Please share the following information with colleagues or friends whom you think could benefit from a unique training on conflict mediation.


Dialogue for Peaceful Change - Facilitation Training

April 26 - May 1, Sun 7 pm - Fri 1 pm

Tatamagouche Centre


"Although I've been working in conflict situations for many years now, I found new understandings in this training. DPC gives me a framework in which I can operate more strategically. This training brought me a lot of new inspiration." 

Participant of DPC training in Canada, 2007


"DPC should be trained to all my staff members. It creates a new culture in the organization. Staff will be able to manage amongst themselves much better instead of automatically turning to the superior for a solution"

Participant of DPC training in Canada, 2007


If you are looking for ways to deal with conflicts in your organization, community, amongst individuals or between organizations, this program will provide you with practical skills in order to address conflicts and support processes to work for sustainable solutions.  


Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC) is a methodology to learn the creative and practical skills of peaceful change.  DPC is part of a global coalition dedicated to creating safe spaces to overcome division, through a structured process of mutual empowerment.  Based on work in Northern Ireland, this methodology is applicable to local conflicts, large and small, in communities, families, and organizations.  It has been implemented in global conflicts in Palestine, with child soldiers in Uganda, and amongst squatters in the Philippines.  


DPC moves beyond traditional meditative methods focusing on conflict, content, culture and spirituality.  Through engaging in a formal mediation process in an experiential setting you will gain the skills necessary to engage in formal mediation work or establish conditions to prevent conflicts from erupting in the first place and to mitigate conflicts through meditative practices.  For more information on DPC, visit www.dialogueforpeacefulchange.org  


With certification, you will also have the option to join an ongoing network of practitioners to further hone and offer your skills.


Ishbel Munro is Executive Director of Coastal Communities Network (CCN), a province-wide grassroots, non-profit that works to ensure the future of Nova Scotia's rural and coastal communities, and provides a Large Voice for Small Communities.  Ishbel has been involved in community development work for over 20 years with First Nations, fishers, environmentalists, women, youth etc.  Ishbel is a Certified Mediator through Henson College and trained in the DPC methodology in Northern Ireland in 2006.  

Stephen Law, Social Transformation Program Coordinator, trained in DPC methodology in Turku, Finland and has been a trainer in Northern Ireland, India and North America.  He has worked extensively in the areas of peacebuilding and community development and worked as an accompanier with Peace Brigades International in Colombia and been a board member since 2000.  He lives communally at SunRoot Farm. 

Cost: $410 (Registration, Tuition, Materials) + $385 (Meals and Accommodations).  

Bursaries are available. 


To register call 1-800-218-2220 or email: tatacent at tatacentre.ca.  

Or visit the Tatamagouche Centre website: www.tatacentre.ca

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