Archive for September, 2016

Register now for October Conflict Management Seminar

The chapter’s October 21st seminar in Tualatin will cover how we can be reactive in conflict, how to manage conflict and how to approach our own responses to conflict flexibly and accountably.

What does your nervous system have to do with conflict? We all know that our sympathetic nervous system can be triggered if we face a physical threat or danger. We almost get into an accident or we are attacked physically and we go into fight, flight or freeze. This causes our brain to trigger our sympathetic nervous system, release adrenaline and send blood to the major muscle groups and away from the executive functioning part of the brain allowing us to run away from the threat. Psychological threats (including conflict) can also trigger the fight or flight reaction. Someone says or does something to threaten our sense of self- like challenging our competence, intruding on a psychological boundary or calling us out in a meeting, and we can go into fight or flight. We have almost no control over this because it is an automatic process, hard-wired into our nervous systems over millennia. There are things we can do to manage ourselves once we notice this is happening.

The seminar will be presented by attorney Jill Goldsmith, who has more than 20 years experience in employment matters. After graduating from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1991, Jill practiced labor and employment law in Oregon with Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, and later became in-house counsel with Tri-Met. Jill became a mediator in 1998, and since 2002, Jill started her business to provide neutral investigation/fact-finding, mediation and training.

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