Community of Practice Event: Incorporating Trauma Awareness in Your Conflict Resolution Practice - March 7, 2019

Thursday, March 07 2019 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM [EST]

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Thursday, March 07 2019 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM [EST]


Incorporating Trauma Awareness in Your Conflict Resolution Practice

Crystal Woodley, Director, South County Teen Center, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services
Karla Hardy, Initiatives and Special Projects Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
Vickie Shoap, Fairfax County Public Schools, Restorative Justice Specialist II

Time: 4:30-6pm
Cost: $15
Location: NVMS Office (9653 Fairfax Blvd, Suite 203, Fairfax, VA 22031)
CME: 1.5 (pending)
Program Description

“Given the pervasive effects of trauma …educating oneself on the effects of trauma is not a luxury but rather a necessity for conflict resolution professionals.” (Berceli, 2009)

All serious conflict produces traumatic experiences and most if not all of the participants engaged in a conflict resolution process will have experienced some form of trauma, either directly or vicariously. As conflict resolution practitioners we need to understand that participants may be bringing a multitude of unconscious post-traumatic behaviors and emotions to the negotiation process.

This special COP event will focus on learning from the experience of panelists from the Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services Department, the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Fairfax County Public Schools who have actively implemented trauma awareness in their practices. The second half of the session will provide participants the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and identify practical strategies they may adopt as part of their practice.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Explore the aspects of developing a trauma-informed practice by considering the three case studies shared by the panel.
  2. Identify 1-2 strategies they can implement into their own practice.

About the NVMS Community of Practice

NVMS has had a long-standing tradition of organizing events through which mediators could network, get to know each other, and complete recertification requirements. The  Community of Practice continues this tradition with an increased focus on:


  • Providing a safe, respectful, and positive environment for members to exchange ideas and problem solve the challenges they encounter in their practice.
  • Building a network of peers and experts in the field that can serve as a resource.
  • Exploring and sharing best practices, models, tools, and theories that enhance subject matter knowledge and practical approaches.
  • Enhancing reflective practice and refining skills with challenge sessions on fundamental and advanced topics.

Northern Virginia Mediation Service is a community dispute resolution center in Fairfax, Virginia affiliated with the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and a member of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution. The mission of NVMS is to equip the Northern Virginia community to constructively address conflict by providing: 1) Mediation, facilitation, and restorative practice services to resolve disagreements, 2) Training to develop skilled practitioners who deliver mediation, facilitation, and restorative practice services, and 3) Education for community members about alternative approaches to addressing conflict. For more information, please see our website at

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