ICAR Workshop Brings Family Therapy to Conflict Resolution

Posted: April 5, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Carlos Sluzki, research professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), will lead a score of workshop participants through the imbedded accusations of conflict stories to help them discover the road to collaboration. The workshop, “Changing Conflict Stories: A Skill-based Approach to Narratives,” is held tomorrow and focuses on the frames of reference that parties bring to conflict about who is at fault and how the problem can be resolved.

“Conflict lives in the stories people have about what is at stake, who is the victim (a preferred position) and who is the perpetrator, as well as what is the context, and what are the potential solutions that derive from those stories,” says Sluzki. “Protracted conflicts are characterized by the rigidity and the opposite nature of the description of the conflict that each party espouses.”

Sluzki’s understanding of the origins of conflicts and the source of their intractability comes from a combination of his original training as a psychoanalyst and family/social network therapist, and work in problem-centered stories and in solution-centered alternatives.

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