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Past PSI Workshops


Posted: September 3rd, 2009

PSI regularly hosts workshops for students and teachers. Here is a sample of workshops we’ve held in the past. For upcoming workshops, check our Upcoming Events page.

Workshop: Strategies for Building a Positive Climate

Most organizations spend a good deal of time focusing on the processes and procedures needed to do “the job.” Rarely is equal energy devoted to identifying and analyzing the practices that shape the emotional climate of classrooms or offices. By defining our organizations as places where productive factors and nurturing factors are both valued, we can institute normative practices that support both “our work” and “our climate,” even during times of disagreement, re-direction, or conflict.

In this session, participants learned and practiced proven techniques for gaining cooperation from difficult people by using skills of persuasion and they explored the ethical use of power in gaining cooperation from initially-resistant people.

 

Persuasion Power: Using Strategic Language to Build Relationships and Solve Problems

How many times have we gotten boxed into confrontations where we “win the battle but lose the war” with students?  Perhaps we achieve temporary compliance, but we lose goodwill and cooperation in the process.  The problem goes underground and the relationship suffers. This workshop gave participants the opportunity to learn and practice proven techniques for gaining cooperation from difficult people by using skills of persuasion.

Peaceful Schools: Innovative Conflict Resolution (two-day workshop)

Day One: Persuasion Power:   Using Strategic Language to Build Relationships and Solve Problems
Day Two: Enhancing Healthy Relationships: Skill-based Interactions in the Peaceful School

Participants learned:

  • Seven tested methods of de-escalating tense situations with pupils and staff.
  • An innovative technique to address emotionally-charged topics.
  • How to ethically use of power in gaining cooperation from initially-resistant people.
  • How PSI can support your work in the area of school climate.

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