Workshop: SF work with conflicts – the know and how of Sf mediation in different countries


Leo Blokland, Sofie Geisler, Sieds Rienks, Peter Röhrig, Martina Scheinecker

Have you ever thought of conflicts as something constructive? Not as an idea up in time, but as a real option?

SF offers an efficient approach for creating other perceptions of conflicts. Instead of avoiding or ignoring conflicts or confronting them with the ambition to win, it is an option to develop a constructive conflict culture.

We are a group of experienced sf mediators who want to share our ideas with other sf practitioners.
We would like to talk about the benefits of sf mediation, e.g.: We help not only to save energy but also to use this energy as a powerful source of change.

And we want to compare sf and conventional mediation and the possibilities to link them in a useful way, e.g.: Finding the fine line between problem talk and solution talk in mediations, working with a solution focused attitude and combining solution focused questions and conventional methods of mediation within one solution focused architecture of mediation, using helpful “problem oriented” methods of exploring views, emotions and needs within a solution focused frame.

We can also share our experience from a yearlong regular skype conversations we used for intervision and exchange.

Peter Röhrig is a former manager and supports whole-heartedly leaders and organisations in challenging situations. He is an experienced international speaker and works as organisational consultant, mediator and coach, co-founder and partner of ConsultContor in Cologne. He is a lecturer at different universities in Germany, Switzerland and Luxemburg and editor of „Solution Tools“, a bestselling handbook for solution focused work with organisations and teams.

Sofie Geisler is an international consultant, governmental adviser and trainer in solution building in critical situations, conflict management and change processes. She has worked with public policy programs and reforms, internal change processes, police and security topics, academic programs, training and with design as well as implementation of systems of alternative conflict resolution and legal mediation in Supreme Courts.

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