Respectful communication provides the very foundation of civil interactions; it is the key to successful ongoing negotiations, and truly is the most expedient means of achieving a resolution all sides can accept (and be happy with!). In this day and age, though, when civil discourse seems to have gone the way of the horse-and-buggy, people either do not have a clear understanding of what constitutes respectful communication, or, if they do, they have difficulty putting their knowledge into action. Communicating respectfully is a skill which must be developed, nurtured, and practiced. This workshop will present attendees with an overview of what constitutes “Respectful Communication,” and demonstrate how skills of Respectful Communication can be developed and fostered.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe / Differentiate styles and forms of Communication demonstrated by Co-Parents during Custody Mediations / Parenting Plan Coordination Meetings.
  2. Identify Steps involved in the development of skills of Respectful Communication.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the steps through application to case study examples.