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We regret to announce that our accrediting agencies are in dispute, and this has meant the cancellation of our forthcoming courses on January 31-February 2, and 21-23 February.
Brenda Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Community Mediation, New Haven, Connecticut (CT), USA, informs me that mediation services are not recession proof across the Atlantic (www.community-mediation.org).
Bullying in the workplace, or anywhere else for that matter, is unacceptable, and yet it is on the rise in spite of policies and strategies intended to outlaw such behaviour....
Great feedback from yesterday's Peer Mediation Training in St Philip Howard school in Barnham. Check out some of the comments from students: "I loved it", "It's a great opportunity to develop skills of communicating and sorting out problems which will help in later life".
Peaceworks' Conflict Management Training course, recently accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN), has been recognised as a model of good practice.
One of the great things about working in mediation and with schools is that we sometimes have the opportunity to work with schools in mediating between parents who are locked in conflict.
An article published in the Senco Update has advised greater dissemination of information on the availability of disagreement resolution services available for parents and schools concerned about SEN decisions.
The 'training season' for organisations, including those in the conflict management field, usually runs around September-May with a break of about a month over Christmas.
Chris has just written a blog post about the end of Sir Alex Ferguson's self-imposed ban on speaking to the BBC. Read it here
Most schools in the UK go back this week. Hopefully most students and teachers are excited about the prospect of a new year ahead, but sadly some will be worried about the prospect of bullying.
Peaceworks' good friend, Justin Blake, invites you to event later this month that will look at the issue of traffiking. Do look...
Just finished a superb mediation course. Two chunks of learning over six days at the beautiful Beachcroft Hotel in Felpham...
As the new academic year kicks off, Peaceworks are as busy as ever with our peer mediation programme in schools. Encouraging kids to grow up with a better understanding about how to defuse conflict and achieve a positive outcome is what Peaceworks is all about. Lois, a Teaching Assistant, kindly wrote to us after our recent programme saying...
Sue Roberts started on 15th July at Peaceworks as the new Operations Manager. All going well!
It's Bestival weekend. The Isle of Wight is filled with the sounds of live music - hoping the weather holds!
A new week, and a new blog. See what Peaceworks identifies as the top ten mediation tips:
It's Friday so time to reflect on things. Sue write on the Conservative Party Conference. Guest blogger...
Take a look at Peaceworks' latest resource[how-to-disagree/], Graham's Hierararchy of Disgareement. This is a helpful tool to improve our communication skills base. It is a simple guide aimed at enabling effective disagreement with someone else, which seeks clarity above calamity! Conflict is inevitable yet can be managed appropriately and well, creating opportunities to disagree yet still collaborate harmoniously. Take a closer look at this invaluable material[how-to-disagree/] at aimed at managers, teachers and everyone who has to dialogue with others as a part of their day job. It might also improve communications at home as well! What a bonus with Christmas approaching!!
Another great success for Peaceworks at our new training venue in Croyde, Devon. Chris Seaton, Director of Peaceworks, ran our first residential course at Croyde with great results. "It's a great venue" said Chris...
The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Green Paper called "Support and Aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability" proposes a wide range of new responses to SEN children and the families and professionals who look after them. Read more here
When it comes to sustainability, business relationships may not seem top of your list, but consider how many grievances and disputes are undertaken each year....
The news is full of stories about taking cases to the small claims court. The Web alive with helpful sites informing us how to take a claim this route. In England and Wales claims up to £5000 can be dealt with in this way (in Scotland and N. Ireland £3000). However, there is a lower threshold of £1000 for personal injury claims.
Peaceworks was privileged to train and facilitate a meeting of senior managers at Converteam UK, a £250 million engineering concern based in Warwickshire. This was the largest private sector company we have worked with to date and was a very positive learning experience for Micha & Chris as they are both committed to alternative energy, a key part of Converteam's work.