Managing Emotions in Conflict, November 12, 2020

Thursday, November 12 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM [EST]

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Thursday, November 12 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM [EST]

Conflict wreaks havoc on our brains and shuts down our ability to stay present and problem-solve during stressful situations. Learning not to shut down allows us to remain curious and to break the destructive cycle of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to unproductive conversations. 

A brief pause can make all the difference to avoid knee-jerk reactions during conflict. This course will teach you to be aware of your inherent reactions and how to disrupt your Fight-or-Flight response. You will learn simple and effective techniques to do this focused on breath, posture, and vision. Join veteran conflict resolver, coach, and somatic educator Stephen Kotev, for a fun and highly experiential program.


Course details:

Time: 9am-1pm

Instructor: Stephen Kotev

Continuing Mediator Education (CME) credits: (pending)

Location: 9653 Fairfax Blvd, Suite 203, Fairfax, VA 22031


Instructor bio:

Stephen Kotev

Stephen Kotev is a conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, leadership coaching, negotiation and facilitation services, training and somatic education to private and government clients. He holds a Masters degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and certificates in leadership coaching and conflict coaching from Georgetown University and Dr. Tricia Jones of Conflict Coaching Matters LLC.

He is Chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution Taskforce on Safety in ADR and holds rank in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He specializes in training conflict resolvers on how to maintain their calm in the most stressful of situations and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on this topic for George Mason University

NVMS Conflict Resolution Center 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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