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Managing the Negotiation Within: An Internal Family Systems Training for Mediators & Lawyers (Chicago)

Boston Law Collaborative Institute and Northwestern Pritzer School of Law invite you to a pioneering workshop for professionals who manage conflict:

When embattled parties come to the mediation or negotiation table, they are often awash in emotions and impulses that make for difficult interactions and impasses. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model provides a language and framework for helping each party identify and speak for the fearful, enraged, or wounded parts of themselves that are driving the conflict, and feel witnessed by the other. Once these behind-the-scenes feelings are revealed, the atmosphere in the room often shifts and the parties are more willing to de-escalate their conflict and discuss their issues from a calmer, more mindful place. In addition, IFS offers mediators and lawyers clear, practical ways to work with their own emotions. No prior IFS training required.

Faculty: Richard Schwartz, developer of the IFS Model & David Hoffman, Mediator & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School

Day One Agenda 

  • Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Training
  • Demonstration of the IFS Model
  • Applying the IFS Model to Mediation:  Role Play 1
  • Group Debrief and Preparation for Day 2

 Day Two Agenda 

  • Exploring our “Parts” More Deeply: Exiles and Managers
  • Managing Highly Emotional Mediations:  Role Play 2
  • Group Debrief and Demonstrations
  • Final Q&A and Concluding Remarks

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Mediation Skills Training for Clergy and Lay Leaders

Mediation skills can help you more productively engage with Clergy-board negotiations, intra-communal disputes between congregational members, ritual diffierences among and between denominatioins, and theological differences that arise on local interfaith clergy committees. 

This one-day interactive training will provide religious leaders with an overview of the mediation process. A portion of the program will be devoted to providing participants with the opportunity to practice these skills in simulations involving faith-based conflicts and coached by experienced practitioners. 


David Hoffman, Rabbi David Jaffe, Audrey Lee, Parisa Parsa, Tom Porter, Rabbi Or Rose, Jeff Seul and Bob Stains.


Bob Stains and Associates, Conflict Transformation

Boston University School of Theology

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

Essential Partners (formerly Public Conversations Project)

The Kirva Institute

The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, Hebrew College

The Pluralism Project, Harvard University

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