OTPIC Officially Retired

As of December 2, 2005, the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict (OTPIC) has been officially retired, and is no longer open to new registrations.

The successor to OTPIC is a course called Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC). The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, Beyond Intractability, and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.

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International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict

Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, USA

Treating Communication Problems

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Communication is fundamental to all social processes--especially conflict.  One of the first steps people can take to make conflicts more constructive is to examine their own communication strategies to determine whether or not they are communicating their interests and needs effectively to the other side, and whether they are understanding the perspective of the other side accurately.  Much can be done to improve interpersonal and/or intergroup understanding simply by improving the nature--and amount--of the communication between the parties.  (Thus, if communication is cut off, it usually should be re-started, although sometimes this is best done with third party assistance, rather than alone.)  The following list of techniques are all different ways to remedy communication problems.  They can be used singly or in combination, whatever is necessary, to be assured that all sides are being heard and understood accurately.

Click here to see the list of communication treatments.


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