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January 23, 2017
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Five Key Tips to Resolve Conflict: What I Learned in Small Claims Court

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A Conflict Resolution student at the McCormack Graduate School

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While many people might like to avoid conflict altogether, as a graduate student in conflict resolution, I jumped at the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience learning to mediate between plaintiffs and defendants in small-claims court. However, through this internship, I not only learned effective mediation strategies from skilled and experienced mediation mentors, I also learned skills applicable to all levels of human communication. Through this internship, I was able to put into practice the art of recognizing and appreciating the underlying human values behind a dispute, learn to balance engagement in the conflict with detachment from outcome, and to become aware and mindfully check my own biases towards one party or another. Continue Reading →

November 10, 2016
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Helping China Establish an Organized Mediation Program for Securities and Investment Field

by David Matz
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

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In October I was invited to give the keynote address in Shanghai at a two-day training for the mediators of the China Securities Investors Service Center Co. This NGO was formed eighteen months ago by the Chinese equivalent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to help investors in stocks and futures who feel they have been treated unfairly or illegally. The NGO provides legal help if litigation is needed and mediators where their service is seen as useful.

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October 19, 2016
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5 Questions to Help Your Team Work Better Together and Resolve Conflict at Work

by Eben Weitzman
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

finger pointing imageMore than ever, people today work in teams. The benefits of teams seem obvious: a greater diversity of knowledge and skill; more hands to help with the lift; more perspectives; and the synergy of people working together. And yet, unresolved conflicts in teams are common, and often at the heart of baffling, frustrating organizational problems.

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October 6, 2016
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Where are the Jobs in Conflict Resolution?

classified adsAnyone considering graduate school – or any level of training, in fact – asks “What’s in it for me?” which typically translates to “Where will I find a job?”

You do not need to seek a career as a mediator, arbitrator, or ombudsman to use your conflict resolution skills. In fact, you can choose from a myriad number of fields and roles from office supervisor to high school vice principal.

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