Community Workshops

Past Program Offerings

Our workshops provide community training opportunities for folks who want to build their communication skills and gain insight into social conflicts. Workshops are suspended for the time being.

We offer several workshop series:

Presenters Amber Freer LLB and Susan Belford MA Con. Res.

Do you wish you could get across to others what you have to say? Does it sometimes seems like others aren’t listening? Are there important conversations you want to have with a caregiver, doctor or adult child?  Assertive Seniors is a four part workshop series designed to help develop effective communication and self-advocacy skills, while having fun.

Topics with include:

  • Active Listening
  • Self-Advocacy and Self Awareness
  • Assertive Communication
  • Putting it all together


Presenters: Tammy Van Hinte RCC, FMC Cert and Laura Hutcheson, Cert. Coach

Are you worried about how your separation is impacting your children?  Do you feel afraid that they are not getting a good model for how to make marriage work?  Do you feel helpless about how your children are being parented in the other home? Learn the skills you need to effectively co-parent!

This workshop series examines how to apply the best interests of the child to your life, and how to

  • Become aware of conflict patterns in your relationship with your co-parent
  • How to keep calm when conflict happens
  • How to communicate through conflict
  • Support your children to adjust to two homes and to thrive in this family structure

Registration Notes:

  • Reduced rate for Dialogue and Resolution Services mediation and parenting coordination clients.
  • Session cost can be subsidized on a sliding scale. Contact the office to arrange.

Presenters Brad Crewson Cert. Con. Res.  Roy Asselstine, MA Con. Man. Civil, Family Mediator, Syd Bergeron, BA and Mark Tuttle

Communicating through Conflict is now Lifeskills for Peace!

Do difficult conversations end up as arguments? Does the art of assertiveness escape you? Do you have trouble getting your point across? Don’t get stuck trying to prove you are right—be effective with clear, collaborative communication techniques. Learn how to:

  • Recognize the role of our (other’s) perceptions
  • Choose a conflict style that fits the situation
  • Set and maintain personal boundaries
  • Manage strong emotion
  • Listen actively
  • Assert yourself effectively
  • Understand power dynamics
  • Manage cultural differences
And much, much more!



Workshops are suspended.

Feedback from participants:

The Effective Conflict Management & Communication workshops centered on our real life experiences – we did role playing and shared our personal experiences. Both activities were very valuable in applying the techniques we learnt in the classroom to real life experiences.

Thank you, South Island Dispute Resolution Centre; Victoria Foundation; and Gordon Head Rec for putting this course together and for all your time and effort in making this module available for everyone. I would also like to thank the Provincial Gaming Commission for providing the funding for my participation and Jodi for facilitating my course registration and making it possible for me to take this certification.

The workshops had excellent content and in-class activities that helped reinforce the theories around communication and conflict management. The instructors were there to support and to assist us. Our facilitators were very good at keeping it real and helping us get through the difficult issues we worked through

Didn’t see the right workshop for you?

If you didn’t see the right offering for you, or your organization, we also offer custom training.