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Group Intervention Workshop

The Centre for Informal Dispute Resolution (CIDR) at the University of Saint Paul University's School of Conflict Studies is offering a 4-day workshop on group intervention.

DATES: December 5 to 8
TIME: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COST: $800


This workshop is designed for ADR practitioners (and emerging practitioners).
Certificates will be issued.

The CIDR is currently in the process of having all workshop hours approved to be counted towards ADR Institute of Canada's professional designations.

The language of instruction for this workshop is English, with Bilingual workshops to be offered in 2023/24.

Please direct any questions to Helene Arts at harts@ustpaul.ca

Full workshop details are as follows:

This workshop is designed to walk an ADR Practitioner through every step of a group intervention, from the first contact for assistance from a client, through to closure with the group. While the focus will be on teams and small groups (+/- 20 people), the majority of content can be used with larger groups as well. This workshop is centered on the five-stage model as a respected standard in the field, elucidated by industry expert Peter Block, in his book “Flawless Consulting”. Practical tools and checklists for usage by the practitioner will be included. The following topics (and more) will be covered:

  • Group dynamics
  • Group developmental stages
  • The three options: Expert, pair-of-hands, and process consulting
  • The contract client, group, and practitioner relationships
  • Data gathering
  • Interpretation of data and dynamics of responsibility and power
  • Group process options
  • Measuring for success
  • 5-stage Process Consulting Model: tools and pro-tips

Facilitator Bio:

Helene Arts

Helene has been working in the field of conflict resolution since 1996, starting as a mediator in the Ontario criminal, family and civil court systems. In 2004 she transitioned over to workplace environments, specializing in group intervention, trauma-informed practice, and workplace restoration. Helene has taught continuously for the past 15 years at various Canadian universities, and is part-time faculty at the University of St Paul in the Conflict Studies Department; she has as well designed and delivered dozens of professional development workshops for ADR practitioners and for leadership. She authored the Federal Public Service “Manager’s Guide to Restoring the Workplace Following a Harassment Complaint”, created the psychometric Instrument known as the “Conflict Response Roles Inventory”, and has as well co-authored a series of practical books on conflict resolution for the creative industries, with a forthcoming 2023 book on Group Intervention. Helene has a BA in Religious Studies, a Masters in Human Systems Intervention, and certifications in Trauma Counselling and Support and in Mental Health Counselling Skills. She can be reached at fifthhousegroup.com.

Workshop Support:

Kirstie Brewer

Kirstie Brewer is completing her Master of Arts in Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours from Carleton University in Psychology with a concentration in forensics and a minor in human rights and social science. Kirstie is interested in the study of trauma and its relation to conflict and conflict resolution processes. She also has an interest in the environment and its interaction with conflict.

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