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Presenter:  Sharon Strand Ellison is an international consultant, award-winning speaker and the author of the book, Taking the War Out of Our Words. The creator of the Powerful Non-Defensive Communication process, Sharon provides keynotes and training programs for professionals in more than a dozen fields, as well as community organizations, the public and families. She and her daughter, Ami Atkinson Combs co-authored and produced the audiobook, Taking Power Struggle Out of Parenting, winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award. Sharon was an invited participant at an International Symposium at Columbia University, focused on the role of language in international conflict resolution. As the guest speaker for the 11th annual Kaplan Lecture Series, Sharon received an honorary award as a communication pioneer.

This highly anticipated HCCP Sponsored event will include

  • Self-awareness exercises designed to identify ways that we often, as professionals, inadvertently contribute to power struggles that clients are having with each other, as well as those that can occur among collaborative team members.
  • The 4 assumptions that have been carried from an adversarial model of communication into commonly recognized “best communication practices” used by alternative dispute resolution professionals.
  • The 4 changes—in intention, voice tone, body language and phrasing—that we can make in order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the collaborative process, using examples from collaborative cases and modeling the changes.

Lunch will be served

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