Two types of training are available. Both are offered at competitive rates. Individuals will most likely register for Public Training events (click here for pricing information). Groups, however, may be better served by Private Training events (click here for pricing information).
All Introductory Courses are intended for general audiences. Peacemaking Practices I and II are designed to equip participants to assist others who are experiencing ordinary conflict. Other organizations offer similar (but not identical) courses that may be substituted for one or more of the Introductory Courses. Approval to substitute courses must be gained prior to registration.
Peacemaking Principles (one-day course)
This course provides a biblical understanding of conflict with a special focus on repentance, confession, forgiveness, reconciliation and redemptive confrontation. This course is designed to promote personal reflection in considering how to respond to conflict in a God-honoring and effective way. Prerequisites: None
Peacemaking Practices I (two-day course)
This course equips the participant to utilize peacemaking principles to help individuals resolve their own conflicts. Peacemaking Practices I educates and trains peacemakers to use an effective coaching model. Prerequisites: Peacemaking Principles
Peacemaking Practices II (two-day course)
This course equips the participant to utilize peacemaking principles when assisting two or more people to resolve relational conflict. Peacemaking Practices II educates and trains peacemakers to use a simple but effective mediation model. Prerequisites: Peacemaking Practices I
The Foundational Courses are designed for individuals desiring to enhance their conciliation skills. Prerequisites: All Introductory Courses. Equivalent introductory courses offered by other organizations may be substituted. Approval to substitute courses must be gained prior to registration.
Dynamics of Conflict (one-day course)
This course provides a sociological, philosophical, historical, and theological understanding of conflict with a special focus on the impact of power dynamics, expectations, conflict styles, and culture on conflict. Christian conciliation, as a Gospel-centered blend of biblical counseling, alternative dispute resolution, education, and consulting services is introduced, defined, and discussed. Course utilizes lectures, discussions, and case studies.
Transformative Care (two-day course)
This course explains and illustrates an intensive and comprehensive Reconciliation & Restoration ("R&R") Model effective in addressing all types of human struggles. Drawing on the distinctives and philosophies of biblical counseling and Christian conciliation, each phase of the R&R Model is carefully detailed so that participants learn how to redemptively address others' intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict. Thorough assessment and careful planning is a key feature of providing community-based care that helps people change. Course utilizes lectures, case studies, role plays, discussions, and demonstrations.
Transformative Skills (two-day course)
This course describes, demonstrates, and assists participants in utilizing basic, intermediate, and advanced skills in counseling or conflict scenarios. While addressing heart issues, specifically idolatry, careful attention is given to managing the complexities of fear, shame, and guilt. Course utilizes lectures, interactive role plays, discussions, and demonstrations.
The Intermediate Courses are designed for individuals actively practicing Christian conciliation in a private or church setting. Prerequisites: All Introductory Courses and at least one Foundational Course.
Redeeming Marriage Conflict (two-day course)
This course focuses on the dynamics and complexities of marital conflict while equipping the participant to utilize people-helping skills to apply the R&R Model in a marital conflict. Course utilizes lecture, role plays, discussion, and demonstrations.
Redeeming Family Conflict (two-day course)
This course focuses on the unique challenges of family conflict while equipping the participant to utilize people-helping skills to apply the R&R Model in a family conflict. Course utilizes lecture, role plays, discussion, and demonstrations.
Redeeming Church Conflict (two-day course)
This course focuses on the painful realities and obstacles often encountered when addressing church conflict. Participants will utilize people-helping skills to apply the R&R Model in a church conflict. Course utilizes lecture, role plays, discussion, and demonstrations.
IMMERSIVE LEARNING COURSES
Immersive learning courses are designed for individuals actively practicing Christian conciliation in a private or church setting. Prerequisites: All Introductory Courses and at least one Foundational Course.
Individuals in people-helping ministry will benefit from confidential, personal coaching from an experienced professional. While still developing skills and becoming experienced using a helping process, additional supervision on an immediate or scheduled basis can make the difference between front-line counselors and conciliators serving well or experiencing avoidable discouragement. Coaching sessions are generally a minimum of 30 minutes by telephone or video-conference and are available for individuals, teams, or groups.
Individuals in people-helping ministry deepen their working knowledge and advance their conciliation skills as they work alongside experienced gospel-centered professional conciliators in the Externship Program. This immersive learning experience allows the Extern to work alongside Creative Conciliation staff while providing a wide range of reconciliation services to actual clients. Special application to this Externship program is required. Click here to download the "Externship Information Packet and Application."
The Advanced Course is designed for individuals actively practicing Christian conciliation in a private or church setting who possess at least 400 hours of conciliation experience. Prerequisites: All Foundational Courses and at least one Intermediate Course.
Redeeming Complex Conflict (three-day course)
Trauma, abuse, crisis, mental health issues, and addictions complicate conflict resolution processes. Yet, using the time-proven R&R Model, with a robust understanding of the dynamics of these complicating factors, conflicts can be safely and effectively addressed. Course utilizes lecture, role plays, discussion, and demonstrations.
All Learner Workshops are designed to help an individual desiring to learn more about how to strengthen relationships and prevent conflict. Many of these workshops will be provided through single or multi-part webinars in the months to come. Prerequisites: None
Boundaries (one-day course)
Participants will consider biblical mandates regarding establishing personal boundaries with use of time, financial resources, and relationships. Using case studies, participants will practice coaching one another toward identifying heart issues beneath common boundary struggles.
Church Discipline (one-day course)
This course focuses on defining church discipline, understanding the biblical teaching pertaining to church discipline, and surveying the historical realities related to church discipline. Recent litigation situations will be considered as participants dialogue about and discuss how to implement a Gospel-centered, redemptive approach to church discipline in their church context. Using a case study, participants will learn to effectively structure a redemptive disciplinary approach with an eye toward their personal polity commitments.
Changing Culture (one-day course)
Participants will discover the necessary ingredients of promoting a gospel-centered, grace-focused culture in families, churches, and workplaces. Using case studies and working in small groups, participants will develop a culture change plan that can be utilized in real-life contexts.
Communications Workshop (half-day course)
Participants will discover the basics of gospel-centered, grace-focused communication. Using case studies and working in small groups, participants will practice communication skills that can be utilized in real-life contexts.
Forgiveness Workshop (one-day course)
As a small group participant, learners will become equipped to guide their own small group members desiring to better understand and apply biblical forgiveness. A workbook will be provided, with additional workbooks available for purchase.
Group Dynamics Workshop (half-day course)
Participants will become better informed about group dynamics, and how these dynamics impact conflict and reconciliation work. Participants will learn practical ways to effectively guide groups of six or more conciliation participants.
Idolatry Workshop (one-day course)
As a small group participant, learners will become equipped to guide their own small group members desiring to better understand, identify, and address idols of the heart. A workbook will be provided, with additional workbooks available for purchase.
Managing Crises (one-day course)
Participants will develop an understanding of crisis dynamics, and how crisis impacts conflict. Using case studies, role plays, and discussions, participants will be equipped to respond to individuals, churches, and organizations experiencing crisis in a way that prevents subsequent conflict and redemptively guides others through extreme pain, loss, and confusion.
Training Mentors (half-day course)
Marriage mentors have a vital role in preventing conflict, and in assisting in a reconciliation and restoration process once conflicts have surfaced. Effective mentoring helps couples learn to manage conflict early in a relationship, and helps promote repentance, confession, and forgiveness in the critical months following a conciliation process.
Using Scripture (half-day course)
Participants will learn to prepare and deliver a gospel-centered devotion, as well as use Scripture to effectively and redemptively address heart issues. 100 frequently used passages for reconciliation work will be provided, with several demonstrations on how to apply a biblical text designed to promote personal transformation.
All Practitioner Workshops are designed to strengthen the skills of individuals serving as Christian conciliators or biblical counselors. These workshops involve preparatory assignments to facilitate a better learning process. Details are sent upon registration. Many of these workshops will be provided through single or multi-part webinars in the months to come. Prerequisites: All Introductory Courses
Abuse and Trauma (one-day course)
Participants will learn to identify abuse and trauma and learn redemptive ways of responding. Using lectures, case studies, role plays, demonstrations, and discussions, participants will practice using skills best designed to help conflicted individuals effectively engage reconciliation work.
Case Management (one-day course)
Participants will learn to ethically and effectively manage and administrate conflict cases to facilitate redemptive outcomes. All supporting forms will be electronically provided with permission granted for personal modification and use. Bring a laptop for this course.
Creating Summaries (half-day course)
Participants will develop note taking skills and learn how to prepare a well-written conciliation Summary. Summaries will be evaluated during and after the course and returned with helpful feedback.
Cross-Cultural Conciliation (one-day course)
Participants will develop a deeper understanding of cultural realities and how they impact cross-cultural reconciliation work. Participants will be guided in considering several reconciliation models for cross-cultural ministry and coached on how to best contextualize peacemaking practices.
Educational Modules (half-day course)
Participants will learn to create and deliver educational learning experiences in the context of providing gospel-centered counseling and conciliation services. Several frequently used education modules will be provided with permission granted for use in personal ministry.
Ethics in Peacemaking (half-day course)
Participants will consider challenges to providing ethical conciliation services. Topics discussed include personal sexual ethics, managing attraction to clients, dual relationships, charging consistent fees, favoritism, and referring cases beyond one's level of competency.
Flip Chart Workshop (half-day course)
Participants will learn adult education principles that facilitate the design and delivery of 2D instructional learning modules for use in a coaching or mediation format. Given a learning need, participants will practice creating and presenting a unique instructional module using flip charts and markers.
Logical Fallacies (one-day course)
Participants will learn to identify thinking fallacies commonly encountered in reconciliation ministry. Using case studies, role plays, and discussions, this adult educational event will provide a stimulating and enlightening opportunity to practice critical thinking skills designed to promote transformative change in others.
Preparing Parties (half-day course)
Well prepared parties have far better outcomes when engaging in a conciliation process. Participants will learn about helpful steps in guiding parties to be fully prepared for a mediated reconciliation process. A complimentary copy of "Preparing Parties for a Conciliation Process" will be provided.
Sexual Dynamics (half-day course)
Every marital conflict conciliation process involves sexual issues. Participants will learn about normal human sexuality, biblical teachings about godly sexual relationships, and discover how to identify and address the most commonly encountered sexual concerns reported in conciliation work.