Len Riskin (Northwestern) asked me to pass along this announcement for an upcoming workshop at Northwestern.   This will be cross-posted under events.

Managing the Negotiation Within: Internal Family Systems Training for Mediators and Lawyers

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

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. This program is led by IFS Founding Developer Dick Schwartz and BLC Founder David Hoffman. No prior IFS training required. 

To learn more about IFS and its application to negotiation and mediation, please see the following 2 articles, “Mediation, Multiple Minds, and Managing the Negotiation Within” by David Hoffman and “Managing Inner and Outer Conflict: Selves, Subpersonalities, and Internal Family Systems,” by Leonard Riskin.

When:  Saturday, July 8 – Sunday, July 9, 2017 (9AM-5PM)

Where:  Center on Negotiation & Mediation, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654)

Who should attend:  Mediators, lawyers, and other professionals who deal with conflict – No prior IFS Training Required

What:  Two-day training involving the theory and practice of the Internal Family Systems model as a tool for conflict resolution, with simulations and written materials

Cost:  $300

How to register:

Visit: https://tinyurl.com/hs79gax

More information:Visit: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/negotiations/documents/ChicagoIFSFlyer.pdf


Art Hinshaw is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at ASU Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law. His research and teaching interests focus primarily on mediation and negotiation, often bridging ADR theory and practice. He is an avid writer and contributor to ADR Prof Blog.