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Conflict Coaching is typically a one-on-one partnership between a trained coach and a person who may want to:

  • resolve a dispute (past, present)
  • prevent an unnecessary dispute
  • prepare for a conflict conversation
  • generally improve his/her competency in conflict management

(Source: Noble, C. (n.d.) Retrieved from Cinergy Peacebuilding: One Person at a time)

Conflict coaching can also be beneficial for groups. A coach can work with groups to help identify wants, needs, and goals, and then develop a plan to reach the stated goals. This process often fosters discussion of strengths and weaknesses of individuals or groups, as well as opportunities for positive changes and setbacks. Coaches aim to empower the client(s) to use their own skills and resources to solve conflict in an effective manner.

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Voluntary and Confidential

Restorative practices are typically voluntary and the information shared during a process usually is held in confidence. There may be exceptions to confidentiality if the information is determined to be a future threat to self or others. Each participant usually has the right, at any point, to suspend the process and remove themselves from the process. The facilitator also often holds the right to suspend the process if they feel it is not safe or healthy for any of the stakeholders involved.

Contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) at (540) 568-6218, for more information.

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