Conflict & Contempt

Disagreement & Division.

One month before the civil war, president Lincoln delivered his first inaugural address. He cited the constitution 34 times and hoped that his eloquence would quell the oncoming tragedy…

Unfortunately, we are dealing with the same, and many other, issues that divide us 159 years later.

Our workshop, Guiding Division, will start where Lincoln ended his first inaugural speech, with a hope and aspiration for unity and peace:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

With this in mind, CDR is offering a workshop to provide a foundation for our community’s – and our nation’s – journey back to civility.    

Here’s a brief outline of the main topics:

Day 1-3:

  • Psychology and physiology of conflict;
  • Cognitive bias and its impact on reasoning and argument;
  • Information dissemination by the media; 
  • Maintaining self-care during conflict;

Day 3-5:

  • Communication skill-building and practice;
  • Engaging with political and historical narratives;
  • How we move forward;

This workshop provides presentation, discussion, and assigned activities, along with supplemental reading and other resources to be used before, during, and after the sessions.

Workshop Dates

The workshop will take place on 5 consecutive Mondays, from 3pm-5pm (Pacific).  The workshop dates are 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, and 5/31. 

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For nearly 40 years, CDR has provided high quality mediation services to communities in Lane County. CDR helps clients through the entire mediation process, from the initial call, to the final agreement and resolution. Our goal is to ensure that the mediation process is responsive, efficient, and affordable.
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Education and Training

CDR conducts trainings throughout the year covering a broad range of topics. Collectively, our trainers have hundreds of years of experience in all areas of conflict resolution. Our trainings are available to the public throughout the year. Custom training are available for groups of all kinds. Learn More About Trainings and Education Services

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For the past four decades, CDR has been building more peaceful communities in Lane County.  Our services, and the training and workshops we provide, have helped tens of thousands learn how to use positive communication to transform conflict.


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