Critical Thinking for Mediators

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August 24-25 (9am – 4:45pm)
Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Harry T. Lewis room)
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205



The current field of conflict resolution “valorizes” the role that emotion plays and teaches ways to validate them, create empathy and manage emotions. While recognizing that working with feelings and emotions is an absolute necessity, many practitioners and theoreticians have undervalued the role of reason and critical thinking in creating effective resolution and transformation. In the process the field has opened itself to accusations of hyper subjectivity, political correctness and being manipulated by groups that do not wish to have their questionable and even arbitrary values and behaviors examined. Most of all by neglecting the role that critical thinking can play in problem definition, analysis and problem solving we have compromised our ability to create powerful processes that can seriously shift and transform conversations about ethnicity, religion, migration and climate change, among other issues.

It is Meta-Culture‘s belief that practitioners of conflict resolution need a deep knowledge and appreciation of critical thinking. Participants in this course will learn about:

  • Individual thinking styles and patterns, and gaps in their reasoning;
  • Common thinking fallacies used in arguments;
  • Sloppy or manipulative thinking in themselves and the groups they might facilitate/mediate
  • Ways to facilitate change and transformation by helping clarify the party’s unconscious thinking processes
  • Challenging foundational assumptions, premises and world views that parties may hold that may be keys to their being ‘stuck’

Participants wilAshok 1l also begin to develop the skills and dispositions needed to intelligently probe for information; see patterns and make meaning of available data without being influenced unwittingly by their own biases; and advocate objectively and more effectively.

The integration of Critical Thinking processes in conventional Conflict Resolution processes will radically change the way in which you practice the Mediation and Facilitation. It will also give you the tools and abilities to go beyond the emotional world of the client (valuable as it is) and into the realm of their philosophic and conceptual framework thereby allowing for a more complex, honest and robust communication.

Course Outline (subject to change):

DAY 1:
1. Setting the Meta-Narrative of Thinking: Conversation about the evolutionary, biological, political, religious, historic and philosophic journey of human thinking
2. Understanding the Human Brain
3. What is, and is not thinking?
4. Structure of Argument
5. Understanding the different levels of Thinking
6. The role that thinking and thinking structures play in a conflict situation
7. What is Critical Thinking?
8. How critical thinking can influence the process of conflict analysis and resolution
9. Meta-Cognition
10. Understanding typical Fallacies people in conflict are prone to

DAY 2:
1. The power and limitations of the limbic brain
2. Understanding Assumptions
3. How Biases and Prejudices form and how they affect thinking
4. Political, Ideological Beliefs and Stereotypes and how they affect thinking and conflict
5. Asking questions to trigger the pre-frontal cortex
6. Critical thinking as a way to re-frame the conflict
7. Critical Thinking as a way to open up creativity in problem solving and crafting agreements

EARLY BIRD–Through July 31st: $549.00 (includes lunch, refreshments and museum admission for both days)

Price as of August 1st: $799.00

If you are coming in from out of town, feel free to contact us and we can help find appropriate lodging and transportation.


Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds will be given until August 1st.
We will refund 50% if cancellation occurs between August 1 and August 14th.
No refunds after August 14th.
You may send another participant in your place.

We reserve the right to cancel this training due to circumstances beyond our control. Full refunds would be given.


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