Chapter Eleven

Other Approaches to Conflict Intervention

As the field of conflict intervention has developed, how practitioners define their role and conceptualize their work has evolved and diversified. Although mediation continues to be an essential component of the work we do, we also offer a much broader range of approaches to conflict, as we must if we are to meet the needs of people in conflict. In Chapter Six I discussed how we can conceptualize our purpose and our role in a broader way that is more in keeping with the realities of how conflict is experienced and the help that disputants want and need. I also discussed the three fundamental roles conflict specialists play—third party, ally, and system intervener. I focus in this chapter ...

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