2019 Spring Training:
Understanding the Neural Basis of Personal Experience in Order to Better Manage and Resolve Conflict
Every Spring, the Oregon Mediation Association partners with CDRCs across the state to bring you our annual spring training in multiple locations.
About This Year’s Training
Join us for the 2019 Spring Training–Understanding the Neural Basis of Personal Experience in Order to Better Manage and Resolve Conflict.
Our brain’s most basic function is the ability to encode perceptual experience in dynamic and relatively stable neural networks, what can be called neural matrices of meaning. This capacity to encode our experience in neural structures is the basis of learning, memory, cognition, and identity and provides the physical framework for our beliefs and understandings, those very experiences that are involved in conflict and its resolution. In this training, participants will come to understand this neural function and how its characteristics affect and relate to communication, relationship, and conflict resolution. Participants will apply the conceptual ideas directly to their personal and professional lives and explore the practical implications for conflict resolution practice and everyday relations.
About the Trainer
Tim Hicks is a conflict management professional providing mediation, facilitation, training, coaching, and consulting to individuals and organizations in the private and public arenas. From 2006 to 2014, after 14 years in private practice as a mediator/facilitator, he led the Master’s degree program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution at the University of Oregon to a position of national prominence as its first director. He returned to private practice in 2015, living in and working from Eugene, Oregon. Prior to his conflict management career, he and his wife started and managed two successful businesses, one that grew to 150+ employees. Tim is author of the book Barriers to the Use of Mediation in Environmental Dispute Resolution (Antioch University 1997); co-author of the book The Process of Business/Environmental Collaborations: Partnering for Sustainability (Quorum Books, May 2000), a text on collaborative partnerships to resolve environmental disputes between corporations and environmental organizations; author of the article Another Look At Identity-Based Conflict: The Roots of Conflict in the Psychology of Consciousness (Negotiation Journal, Vol. 17, #1, January 2001); author of the novel, Last Stop Before Tomorrow (iUniverse, 2015) that offers a perspective on climate change and our struggle to respond; and author of the book Embodied Conflict: the neural basis of conflict and communication (Routledge, 2018).
“Practical, accessible, easy to read, and yet deeply rooted in science, Tim Hicks has written an extremely valuable book for conflict specialists or for anyone struggling to understand the conflicts they face in life. Starting from the premise that ‘an understanding of the neural workings of the brain’ will help us to better understand and intervene in conflict, Hicks walks us carefully through an understanding of essential concepts of neural science and then applies these both broadly and specifically to how we can understand what happens in conflict and how we can use this understanding in very practical ways. This is a very valuable addition to our understanding of conflict.” Bernie Mayer, conflict specialist and author
Embodied Conflict: The Neural Basis of Conflict and Communication by Tim Hicks is a well-written and thoroughly researched explanation of this new and vital area of thought for mediators and dispute resolution professionals, the best compilation of this knowledge base that I have seen. Jim Melamed, mediator and CEO of Mediate.com
Addressing one of the important issues of our times, Tim Hicks provides a clear and readable analysis of the scientific basis of human conflict. At a basic level, he explains the mind’s embodied basis in the neurobiology of personal development. At the same time, he also recognizes the psychological reality of conflict. We must realize that what are negotiating in our most intense conflicts is not just some material self-interest, but the very foundations of our identities. Don Tucker, neuroscientist and psychologist
Your book is one of the missing puzzle pieces in the puzzling world of conflict. It’s a brilliantly articulated work that speaks to the “why” aspect of conflict. It should be on every reading list for students studying the field of conflict resolution.
This book and the ideas within it are truly ground-breaking. I’ve been waiting for something like this to come along and make sense of much of what we talk about in conflict resolution.
Dates and Locations
Beaverton, May 17. Oregon Mediation Association, hosted by the Beaverton Center for Mediation and Dialogue
Hood River, May 18. 6Rivers Dispute Resolution Center — http://6rivers.org
La Grande, May 20. Eastern Oregon Mediation Center – http://eomediation.org
Eugene, May 30. Center for Dialogue and Resolution- http://lanecdr.org
Registration, Scholarships, and Continuing Education
Students and volunteer mediators: $100
OMA Member: $125
OMA will be applying for continuing education credits with the HRCI, NASW, and Oregon Bar.