Authors Prudence Bowman Kestner and Larry Ray have years of experience conducting conflict–resolution trainings and seminars with a wide variety of organizations. Together they developed the Participant′s Workbook based on their highly successful Conflict Resolution Training Program. The workbook includes valuable lessons on multi–option dispute resolution, conflict and conflict management, communication skills, values, perspectives, creativity, consensus, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.The Conflict Resolution Training Program includes
- An exploration of such critical issues as stereotyping, perspectives, and power
- A description of how creativity is of vital importance for resolving conflicts
- Suggestions for honing communication skills such as empathic listening, questioning, validating, reframing, and nonverbal communication
- A proven multi–option approach to dispute resolution
- Recommendations for dealing with crisis, the nature of conflict, styles of conflict management, and impasse
- An explanation of the distinction between positions and issues
- Detailed descriptions of the stages of mediation
- Role plays for learning mediation skills
Larry Ray is an attorney in private practice. He served as executive director for the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and for the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution. He provides training for the American Management Association (AMA), the Maryland State Highway Administration, and the Graduate School, USDA. He arbitrates for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and United States Arbitration and Mediation (USAM). He mediates for the World Banks Group, the United States Postal Service, the National Archives, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. He serves as a senior instructor for the George Washington University School of Law and Keller Graduate School.
Kestner and Ray have conducted trainings in communication, conflict management, mediation, and negotiation.