I operate mainly in Leeds and West Yorkshire as well as online, but I am willing to travel within the north of England for larger size group conflicts.
Operating mainly in the Leeds and West Yorkshire area I am a CAOS-trained Conflict Coach and Mediator. My practice is rooted in a desire to support people to lighten their emotional loads when they feel burdened, and to become “unstuck” when they feel stuck within situations of conflict, tension and relationship difficulty.
My aim is to support people to articulate their experiences and be heard, and to access their wisdom in order to find the best ways forward that work for everyone involved. I do this by listening attentively and asking questions that encourage deep reflection and creative thinking.
The space I offer within conflict coaching and mediation supports people to lean into situations they might have been avoiding, knowing that they are not alone in this moment.
I have extensive experience working individuals, pairs and groups. My work has mostly been within co-operatives, charities and voluntary sector organisations as well as between neighbours and people living together.
Conflict coaching sessions last 1-1.5 hours and take place over 1-3 sessions as required.
Mediation involves an individual session for each person taking part (usually lasting 1-1.5 hours), and a joint session (which may last 2-3 hours) if all parties are willing. Occasionally a further joint session is scheduled if needed.
One to one conflict coaching or mediation sessions can be arranged to take place face to face, via video call or phone, or on a walk. Joint sessions are held physically in an appropriate neutral space or online in some circumstances.
Recent work includes:
Formal mediation for individuals and groups to resolve conflict that is impacting negatively on their relationships at home, at work or in voluntary activities.
Dialogue facilitation in situations of tension and difficulty, between public sector agencies and neighbourhood residents; and within voluntary third sector organisations and community groups
Mentoring and training of secondary school students in conflict resolution skills, both within secondary school with a closed group, and during a peace education event.
Workshop facilitation and training in a variety of contexts including overseas and in the U.K., online and in person, with third sector voluntary groups, charities, co-operatives, landworkers, activists, university and secondary school students.
Other relevant experience:
Mentoring, guidance and leadership within organisational transition and learning processes (both from within, and from alongside)
Associate of a peace, dialogue and community development charity, since 2017, currently holding a leadership and liaison role.
My standard rate for organisations is £75 per hour.
I offer a sliding scale for individuals, co-ops, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and charities.
Please contact me for more information.
Various training packages for communication, group process, facilitation and decision-making, and conflict resolution skills are available, please get in touch for more information.
Please note, if client is beyond the Leeds and West Yorkshire area there will be additional costs for travel and possibly accommodation.
CAOS Conflict Management provides mediation in all types of dispute situations but links to some of the main areas are given below:
University Mediation including student complaints and accommodation disputes.
Please click the image above or the text below to purchase this book written by Alan Sharland, Director of CAOS Conflict Management: