Midland Noon Rotarians interested in learning more about Peace and Conflict Resolution have decided to partner again with the Nonviolent Peace Midland Chapter to hold a two-day training session as a follow-up to the "Creating Peace by Practicing Peace" held in March 2017.
Jennifer Batton will return to Midland on September 29-30, 2017 to build on that foundation.  This time, we will be able to learn and practice actual conflict resolution techniques.
Details of the two-day training are as follows:
Location:  First United Methodist Church, 315 W. Larkin St., Midland, MI 48640
Sessions:  Two 8-hour sessions
Time:  9 am - 5 pm, including lunch
Lunch:  One hour: 11:30 - 12:30 to allow time for networking; people are on their own for lunch since we are downtown
Attendees - Maximum of 30: 15 Rotarians, 10 NP Chapter members, 5 St. John's Episcopal Church members
This is being funded by the Midland Chapter of Nonviolent Peace and Midland Noon Rotary but there will be a modest $20 per participant fee to help defray costs.
The workshop will focus on the following:
Creating the Climate for Enhanced Collaboration and Problem Solving
• Understand the nature of conflict
• Explore how communication around rules, norms and procedures impact levels of conflict
• Understand the role basic needs play in conflict
• Complete an assessment of personal conflict styles
• Determine optimal situations for each conflict style
De-escalating Challenging Discussions for Enhanced Collaboration and Problem Solving
• Understand the role emotions play in conflicts
• Determine the emotions that are underlying what might appear to be anger
• Review communication blockers
• Begin to practice strategies to reframe when things get heated
Communication Skills for Enhanced Collaboration and Problem Solving
• Practice communication strategies to de-escalate
• Practice communication strategies to stop the situation from escalating in the first place
Overcoming Perceived Impasses - Positions V. Interests
• Understand the difference between a position and an interest
• Practice determining potential interests
• Review scenarios and determine what issues might lead to a potential compromise or
Formal Models for Addressing Conflict
• Practice interest based negotiation
• Practice utilizing a forma consensus model
• Explore additional models that are used such as the five stage sustained dialogue model for
collaborative decision making, restorative justice, and mediation.
If you are interested in attending, please let Rotary Peace Fellow Jeanne Schaller know by September 1, 2017 by contacting her at  Send payment checks of $20 to Kelli Bos, Midland Noon Rotary, P.O. Box 2002, Midland, MI 48641-2002.
This workshop is an unusual opportunity to learn more about peace and conflict resolution and to develop useful skills that can be used in our schools, our communities and beyond.