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Friday, October 22 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Collaborative-Dialogic Practice Across Contexts and Cultures

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Have you ever wondered how to successfully communicate with someone who sees the world from an entirely different angle than you do? Often the chasm seems impossible to navigate, even with the best of intentions. Whether you work in a boardroom, schoolroom, therapy room, or community organization, Collaborative-Dialogic Practices offers a humanizing approach to facilitating dialogues that make a difference in our fast-changing, diverse, and ever-shrinking world.
These practices encourage relationships and conversations that create a generative space and promote meaningful transformations, even in the most difficult situations. This approach involves an epistemological and mindset shift in how we think about ourselves, the people we meet, what we do together, and how we do it. Grounded in social constructionism, the main feature of the practice, the philosophical stance, guides the professional in particular ways of being, talking, thinking, and acting with others. Rather than assuming an expert position of authoritative knowledge, collaborative practitioners use curiosity, not-knowing, and uncertainty to engage others in meaningful dialogue that generates new understandings, informing future possibilities that were previously unimagined by either person alone. In this workshop, participants will learn the foundations of forming collaborative relationships, including the philosophical and practical foundations. If Zoom breakout rooms are available, they will also have a chance to practice this essential skill in small groups.

Learning Objectives:
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Articulate the theoretical and philosophical foundations for forming collaborative-dialogic conversations.
2. Implement the key skills needed to facilitate collaborative-dialogic conversations, including dialogic curiosity and therapist positioning.
3. Apply collaborative-dialogic practices to better facilitate communication between people from differing cultures and/or contexts.

The evaluation/CE request form for this program can be found HERE.

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Diane Gehart, PhD, LMFT

Professor/Director & Founder, California State University, Northridge/Therapy that Works Institute
Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D is Professor and Program Coordinator of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Northridge; Founder and Director of the Institute for Therapy that Works; and adjunct Faculty at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawai’i. An award-winning... Read More →

Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm HST
Room 3
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