Dialogue for Peaceful Change

09:00 - 17:00
Nov 18th 2024 ~ Nov 21st 2024

A unique and robust 4 day training opportunity in mediative facilitation and complex conflict transformation

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Dialogue for Peaceful Change Programme

We are so pleased to be able to offer this unique training opportunity in partnership with the Dialogue for Peaceful Change Programme (DPC)  –  a global training programme completed by over 2,000 people worldwide. The programme offers a practical toolkit and methodologies for managing all aspects of conflict and has been utilised by agencies including UNHRC, Concern, International Committee of the Red Cross, USAID, the United States Institute for Peace, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Lutheran Church, other International NGOs, Universities, Faith groups and Justice agencies.

Who is this programme for?

DPC has attracted participants from a broad range of professional environments. It is particularly relevant for those who wish to:

  • Learn how to respond effectively to conflict between individuals and in organisations.
  • Build individual and organisational capacity for enhanced communication, interrelatedness and conflict transformation.
  • Increase understanding of conflicts, which allows people to move beyond their own emotions and opinions to increase more objective decision making.
  • Manage complex change.
  • Facilitate greater creativity when seeking solutions to complex problems.
  • Strengthen relationships, which enables people and organisations to work well together because the parties involved know how to navigate the disagreement.
  • Increase problem-solving skills, which help individuals and organisations to resolve their problems more quickly and effectively.
  • Lead diverse teams both within and outside their usual professional environment.
  • Increase confidence of individuals and communities to actively engage with conflicts.
  • Facilitate greater creativity when seeking solutions to complex problems.

Why DPC?

Through the DPC programme, participants will:

  • Develop effective strategies for navigating conflict and change
  • Understand change resistance
  • Learn how to mediate problems and issues outside their direct control
  • Increase their cultural and emotional intelligence
  • Learn to work with different people, in new ways, to solve complex problems
  • Develop lasting professional relationships that build trust and collaboration

Programme Content

This modular training programme covers four distinct pillars of learning:

1.  The Nature of Conflict and Change Management

Participants experience a variety of activities, reflections and lectures which enable them to consider their own understanding of their experience of conflict- whether it be organizational, personal or in a peacebuilding capacity.

2.  The Conceptual Framework and Models

Participants learn key conceptual frameworks of DPC which including models to locate and explore the drivers of conflict and mediative behaviour.

3.  The Tool Kit

Participants then learn a variety of tools which will add to their previous knowledge and skill sets to enhance their leadership in conflict situations.

4.  The Practice and Application

Participants then have the opportunity to apply these new skills through intensive, coached role play that is relevant to their professional environment. This applied approach allows participants to identify and build upon new patterns of collaboration and problem solving.


Michael Gibbs

Michael is currently the Managing Director of MG Consultants, a training company that focuses on change management, conflict transformation and equality, diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, Michael serves as a mediator in international and domestic matters including civil and employment disputes specialising in issues related to equality and diversity. He works with individuals and groups to design, improve and repair attitudes, relationships and faulty structures.

Michael has over 20 years’ experience of serving on public and charitable boards with an expertise in corporate and charitable governance. More recently, Michael serves or has served on the boards of Diabetes UK, African Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland, Corrymeela and the NHS Salford Trust.

Michael has lived and worked on five continents during his career giving him unique insights into the impact of race, religion and culture on our workplaces and communities.

Rebecca Brierley

Rebecca leads on our community reconciliation programmes: managing the Journey of Hope faith leadership programme and facilitating our Conflict Coaching & Peacemaking workshops. With over 20 years of experience in community reconciliation, training and facilitation, Rebecca has a passion for curating spaces that encourage understanding and enable shared wisdom. She holds accreditation in restorative justice, trauma informed practice, mediative facilitation and is currently studying Spiritual Direction





The 4 day training will take place from 9am – 5pm each day from Monday November 18th – Thursday November 21st in the historic St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace. A comprehensive schedule will be sent to you ahead of the training. If you are travelling from outside London, please contact rebecca.brierley@stethelburgas.org if you need recommendations for accommodation or travel arrangements.


The fee for this 4 day training includes an introduction to St Ethelburgas and our centre values, the DPC methodology handbook, certificate, ongoing community of practice opportunities, and light refreshments. It does not include accommodation or meals. Monthly payment plans and bursaries are possible – please contact rebecca.brierley@stethelburgas.org to discuss.

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