CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Overt and Covert Group Dynamics: An Innovative Approach for Conflict Resolution Preparation

Department

Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

Publication Date

6-18-2016

Publication Title

Conflict Resolution Quarterly

ISSN

1541-1508

Volume

33

Issue/No.

3

First Page

313

Last Page

348

Abstract

Group work is a necessary but often bewildering part of working in the field of conflict resolution. Although programs provide skill practice courses to prepare conflict professionals, their opportunity to engage in settings that reflect the challenging work of operating in the midst of a heightened emotional environment is limited. One course that at least approximates those conditions is based on the Tavistock approach to group relations and emulates the covert and overt dynamics that occur in groups. This article advocates for experiential educational events such as this to improve training for conflict resolution professionals and is supported by interview data collected from participants.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-7289-5670

DOI

10.1002/crq.21159

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