Community of Practice

Learning doesn’t stop with a training or even after years of experience. At NVMS Conflict Resolution Center we have a long-standing tradition of bringing together people who are using conflict resolution in their lives and their work so they can learn from one another, expand their network, and complete recertification requirements. 

The Community of Practice offers:

  • A safe, respectful, and positive environment to exchange ideas and problem-solve the challenges encountered in conflict resolution practice.
  • An opportunity to develop a network of peers and experts in the field who can serve as a resource.
  • A forum to explore and share best practices, models, tools, and theories that enhance subject matter knowledge and practical approaches.
  • Challenge sessions on fundamental and advanced topics.

Upcoming Programs

August 26 – Interfaith Panel: Religious Dynamics in Mediation

Networking: 7-7:30pm 
Program: 7:30-9pm

Facilitator: Izabela Solosi
CME: 1.5 (pending)
Cost: $15

Join us and your colleagues to hear from a panel of faith leaders who will share their perspectives on religion and conflict, including how conflict is defined and handled in their communities. One of the panelists will speak to a particular approach to mediation based on Christian values. This will be an open forum with ample opportunities to ask questions. 


September 30Working with Interpreters to Cross Language Barriers

Networking: 7-7:30pm 
Program: 7:30-9pm

Facilitator: Dylan Bates
CME: 1.5 (pending)
Cost: $15

This will be a practice-based session for NVMS practitioners to gain experience in working through cases with language barriers and cultural differences. The session will start with a discussion of cultural awareness and language barriers, and continue with practitioners working in groups on specific scenarios covering areas such as class/social status, disabilities, assessing for appropriateness, family interventions, body language, phrasing and connotation etc.

In the second half of the session, practitioners will move into Peer Consultation-style discussions of personal experiences focusing on working with interpreters, clients from different countries, and critical moments involving implicit bias.


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