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Heartland Dispute Resolution Association
HDRA (Formerly HMA)
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
11:30am to 1:30pm
Changing the Culture of Conflict
Valerie Baul French, M.A. Conflict Management & DR
2 KS CDRE Hours – APPROVED
2 KS CLE Hours – APPROVED

Once you register you will be sent the Zoom link the day before the webinar.  If you pay on the website, you will be using HDRA’s PayPal account. You may also mail a check to HDRA’s address on the next screen. You need 6 KS CDRE hours for your KS 2023 state approval including one Domestic Violence hour or one ethics hour.

Valerie Baul French, M.A. Conflict Management & DR

Changing the Culture of Conflict

By changing the culture of conflict, we are learning how to engage conflict positively, instead of avoiding conflict, to make accountability attractive in our families, communities, and organizations.  Generative conflict can allow people to feel the “rightness” even in their “wrongness”, which is going to be very necessary in welcoming WE (white evangelicals or white folks) to radically accept where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be on the racism scale. Through this presentation, we will learn how various characteristics of white supremacy affect how we engage conflict. We will learn to recognize aspects of our society that have engrained in us a culture of violence to uphold oppressive structures. By leaning into tension, we can assertively address any arising afflictions through constructive communication. Training ourselves, we can avoid white fragility and align our values to engage conflict to combat white supremacy characteristics in our conversations, communities, and countries.

Val (She/They/Somebunny) has personally and professionally seen conflict in families escalate in the adversarial court system and is uniquely qualified to deal with these conflicts utilizing a Master of Arts in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution, a Paralegal Certification, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Spanish. Because of their varied skill sets and training, Val proudly brings extensive education, experience, and passion for organizing to any endeavor. Val’s concepts on transforming the lemons of life into lemonade by creating options for optimal outcomes provide opportunities for education about changing the culture of conflict. Val’s goal with this presentation is to foster attitudes in people that help them develop into role models of constructive communication to reach mutually beneficial solutions for the greatest number.

Participants will learn:

  • How to engage conflict positively, instead of avoiding conflict
  • How to make accountability attractive in our families, communities, and organizations
  • How to radically accept where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be on the racism scale
  • How various characteristics of the culture of white supremacy affect how we engage conflict
  • To recognize aspects of our society that have engrained in us a culture of violence to uphold oppressive structures
  • How to avoid white fragility
  • How to align our values to combat white supremacy characteristics in our conflicts

This will be important for attorneys to learn for these reasons;

  • 6 of the 13 characteristics of the culture of white supremacy
  • This is important for attorneys to understand the various characteristics, such as either/or/binary thinking. Attorneys need to understand different things can be true at the same time and may reduce the conflict when they accept variances in culture that may change our perceptions of right and wrong. This can help attorneys reduce conflicts between parents of different cultures by recognizing they can both have valid parenting perspectives.
  • The concept of paternalism is extreme in the legal system because attorneys and Judges often think they know what is best but need to realize those ideas are based on their point of view and should not be imposed on others and their different viewpoints.
  • Attorneys will be encouraged to dig into their unconscious biases to unearth engrained racism to identify where these characteristics show up in their personal and professional lives.
  • Unlearning the dominant norms of racism are important for attorneys to work with various families and diverse cultures whether they are clients, colleagues, or communities.
  • Attorneys need to understand white fragility to better respond to folks that may identify micro-aggressions or blatant racism in their thoughts, words, and/or actions and how to recognize and acknowledge their impact rather than defend their intentions.

Future Webinars Scheduled for 2022: 3rd Wednesday every month: Start time: 11:30am

At this time the HDRA website will only accept one webinar registration at a time.

Please let me know if you are interested in presenting a webinar. Thank you!

                                 Date                                                         Topic

  • August 17, 2022: Restorative Justice – Sheryl Wilson & Janell Murphey (1 CDRE)
  • September 21, 2022: Why Communication & De-Escalation Coaching Can Help Your Client As Much As A Legal Solution – Cherie Morris, J.D., CDC , RYT-200 (1 CDRE & 1 CLE)
  • October 19, 2022: ADR in the Workplace – Karen Anderson (2 CDRE)
  • November 16, 2022: Interplay Between Ethical Requirements for Attorneys & Mediators – Melanie Worsley, JD & Lloyd Swartz, JD (1 CLE and 1 CDRE Ethics)
  • December 21, 2022: Family Arbitration 101 – Larry Rute JD (1CLE & 1 CDRE)

             One-hour webinar pricing:                        Two-hour webinar pricing:

HDRA Member: $25                                     HDRA Member: $45

Non-HDRA Member: $40                            Non-HDRA Member: $75

Full Time Student: $10                               Full Time Student: $20


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