Creating Safe Spaces for Communication

Indira Kajosevic talks about RACOON's work with trauma victims from the Balkans.
Laura Chasin talks about how fostering an environment conducive to constructive conversation is central to the healing process.
S.Y. Bowland discusses how third party cultural competency is essential to creating a safe space for mediation.
Robert Stains talks about creating safe spaces for dialogue.
Because it is often threatening for people to change their narratives, Sarah Cobb recommends working with parties separately before holding group sessions. continues to show her wonderful work here.
Louise Diamond talks about creating safe spaces for communication.
Máire Dugan talks about how dialogue practitioners can create a space that's safe enough for participants to develop new insights.
Susan Dearborn talks about creating a safe space for mediation.
Susan Dearborn of the Pacific Family Mediation Institute, says it is extremely important for parties to trust the intervenor and feel comfortable with the mediation process. One technique she uses to put parties at ease is to explain why she is asking certain questions. Another is to ask their permission to pursue certain topics.
Nancy Ferrell says one job of a facilitator is to model good process so the clients eventually can handle things themselves.
Bob Hughes describes how he insisted that everyone be heard out, even if it was painful or upsetting to the other side.
Wallace Warfield describes how he used to create safe situations in which all sides could effectively communicate with each other--often for the first time.