Civic Mediation - A Methodology for Conflict Transformation. Theory and Practice.

Are you an experienced facilitator or mediator looking to diversify your skills? Want to take a business unusual approach to mediation?

The Centre for Good Relations is looking to build a network of practitioners that can deliver civic mediation across the UK and beyond. If this potential opportunity interests you, join our four-day training course in the new year.

When? Monday 5th February - Thursday 8th February 2018.

Where? The Bay Hotel, Burntisland Road, Kinghorn, Fife, KY3 9YE.

What is Civic Mediation? Civic mediation uses mediative processes to seek constructive changes to societal challenges. It values the role of building relationships within a system to bring about effective change, and works to transform conflict to achieve long-term positive outcomes.

What will the course cover? We’ll look at group responses to conflict; theories, tools and approaches for analysing multi-party conflicts; developing strategies to manage and transform conflict. We will also provide case studies where we’ve applied civic mediation in community resilience and peace-building, effective policy development, and environmental conflicts.

Who should attend? We’d welcome participants who would be interested in exploring how we can work together to develop civic mediation practice. If you are:

  • Mediators or facilitators who would like to develop your existing skills to work with complex multi-stakeholder relationships in a range of settings.
  • Someone who wishes to build their understanding of how the quality of relationships impact on policy change.
  • Interested in moving away from a traditional mediation toolbox and want to try something new.
  • Someone who would like to become part of a network to embed civic mediation as a way of transforming conflict in our society.

Then this course is for you.

Cost: £500 for the full four days including all training materials, lunch and refreshments.

The Trainers:

Sam Tedcastle 

Sam is a mediator and facilitator with 17 years experience of conflict resolution work. She has worked with Mediation Northern Ireland as their Field Manager in England to develop the practice of civic mediation. In 2006 Sam was a commissioner on the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, which informed national UK Policy on cohesion and immigration matters. More recently Sam has come home to Scotland and for the last four years worked with WWF Celtic Seas Partnership applying civic mediation and stakeholder engagement processes to build transnational, cross-sectoral partnerships in the Celtic Seas. As part of this role she applied civic mediation processes to build relationships with the fishing industry, governments and eNGO’s.

Abdul Rahim 

Abdul is a mediator and facilitator with over ten years experience in facilitating complex multi-party, multi-issue dialogue processes within and between local authorities, the third sector and communities. He has worked across England and more recently in Scotland using civic mediation processes to build understanding and relationships across communities where racial and cultural tensions are evident. He has experience of international conflicts, working with survivors of the Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka, and with marginalised Roma communities in Slovenia. Abdul is a qualified trainer in civic mediation and peace-building methodologies.

For further information and to register your interest please contact Abdul Rahim at Centre for Good Relations by email: Or Tel: 07960 683328.

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