Mediation Center Offers Workshop on Making Conflict Constructive

Dr. Gay Barfield is offering  a workshop entitled “From Conflict to Connection,” sponsored by Kuikahi Mediation Center, at the Neighborhood Place of Puna,  16-105 Opukahaia Street, Kea’au, on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Many of us are terrified of conflict as being inevitably harsh & harmful,” notes the press release for the workshop. “Due to our past experiences with anger & upset, we are used to conflicts fraught with fear, failure & fractured relationships. The result? Even normal arguments or differences create reactions in us of avoidance, placating, or sudden escalation. Would you like become more competent in handling conflict? Do you long for resolution and renewal? Does the idea of transforming conflict into a pathway toward intimacy and peace seem oddly unrealistic?
Then join us to discover how constructive conflict is possible!”

Among the topics covered: How to engage in spirited fighting (while maintaining personal integrity); how to  make the first move toward reconciliation; Increasing compassion and caring; fostering a sense of ease at home, in the workplace and across cultures, and setting personal aims for making change.

Gay Barfield, Ph.D., Lic. MFT, is a human relations educator, trainer, consultant, and therapist specializing in Carl Rogers’ person-centered approach to diversity, conflict dialogue, and listening across differences at work, at home, cross-culturally, and between genders. Dr. Barfield was a Fellow of Center for Studies of the Person for nearly 30 years where she created one of the first Women’s Centers in San Diego and the Living Now Institute. With Carl R. Rogers she founded and co-directed the Carl Rogers Institute for Peace, a project applying person-centered principles to real and potential crisis situations. Currently semi-retired, Dr. Barfield continues to offer workshops internationally, mentor young therapists, and write about her experiences over the past 40 years as a “gatherer,” social activist, and stubborn idealist.

Tuition for the workshop is $50. Partial scholarships are available .To register, contact Executive Director Julie Mitchell at:

101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2 • Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720
Phone: (808) 935-7844 x 116 • Fax: (808) 961-9727
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