Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP’s Reflective Structured Dialogue framework.

For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP’s framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations.

Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Objectives:

  • To learn the basic theory and practice of EP’s Reflective Structured Dialogue framework;
  • To explore how conveners and facilitators might use EP’s framework to design conversation in their communities through case studies and practice;
  • To sketch out how EP’s framework might look in participants’ communities;
  • To get a taste of what it’s like to participate in a dialogue.

As a result of this workshop, you will be equipped to:

  • Envision what a better conversation about tough issues might look like in your community or organization;
  • Begin to break destructive communication habits in your community, campus, congregation, or organization;
  • Encourage conversations that allow people to participate fully, listen actively, and empathize across differences;
  • Make the case for bringing EP’s framework to your community or organization.

Who might participate:

  • Civic leaders and advocates
  • Educators and administrators
  • Corporate and nonprofit managers
  • Human resources and organizational development professionals
  • Clergy and lay religious leaders
  • Therapists or social workers
  • Alternative dispute resolution professionals

Accreditation and Continuing Education

Essential Partners provides a certificate upon completion of the workshop that can be used to support a request for professional development credits.

Travel & Lodging

There is ample free parking in the lots outside our offices, but traffic in the area can be extremely congested. If possible, we recommend taking the MBTA Red Line to Alewife. Essential Partners' offices are a short (10 min) walk from the station.

If you are planning to travel to the Boston area for a workshop, we recommend booking a room at the adjacent Freepoint Hotel, which offers a corporate rate for our attendees. Click Here for more information.

Cancellation Policies

If you must cancel, please do so as far in advance as possible. Cancellations are subject to a $25 administration fee plus an additional $25 to process credit card refunds (if you paid by credit card). To receive any refund your cancellation must be made at least 2 weeks before the course date. Essential Partners is under no obligation to offer any refund or credit if you cancel within two weeks of a workshop. If you need to cancel due to a medical emergency, your local weather conditions, or any other reason please call Sara Ostrovitz at (617) 923-1216 ext. 10.

In some instances, Essential Partners must cancel a workshop due to low enrollment, faculty illness, or weather. In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a workshop due to low enrollment, we will give you at least 2 weeks notice. If we cancel due to faculty illness or severe weather, we will contact you as far in advance as possible. If there is a severe storm warning in the area of the workshop venue, we will cancel by 4:00 pm the day before.

If the workshop is canceled, Essential Partners will issue you a full refund of the registration fee, with no additional administration fees. Essential Partners cannot be responsible for travel losses.

For more information, please contact us at training@whatisessential.org or 617-923-1216 ext. 10.

Workshop policies

Upcoming Workshops

January 24, 2020
186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge MA 02138
April 30, 2020
186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge MA 02138
July 28, 2020
186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge MA 02138
October 26, 2020
186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge MA 02138
Regular fee
$395
Early Bird Special:
$350
Register with a Friend:
$250

Elements

Theory, Crafting Questions, Meeting Design, Small Group Exercises, Preparation and Purpose

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I learned that it’s possible to speak my heart and mind...while keeping in mind the other person’s heart and mind.