Sluzki Discusses the Stages of Reconciliation

Posted: September 26, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Carlos Sluzki discusses “The Process of Reconciliation” at the second Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) brown bag lecture today at noon. Sluzki, a research professor at the institute, will detail a model of the process of reconciliation, specifying stages that go from open confrontation to full collaboration and integration, and sometimes in reverse. The process model he will use can be applied to many levels of conflict, from interpersonal to international. Sluzki will also discuss the dominant narratives and the prevailing emotions that characterize each stage of the process.

“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, whose original training is as a psychoanalyst and a family and social network therapist, works in problem-centered stories and in solution-centered alternatives.

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on the research and practice of conflict resolution and is held in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. For more information, call (703) 993-1300.

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