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Newsletter for Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution | October 2015


SCCR CONFERENCE 2016 OPEN FOR BOOKINGS - Conquering Conflict...let's break the mould

We are delighted to announce our 2016 FREE national conference 'Conquering Conflict...let's break the mould' is open for bookings. To be held on Wednesday 24th February 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh, the conference will address the fundamental importance of reducing family conflict, the complexities of conflict and how early intervention can help to better support young people and families to manage conflict. The SCCR is continuing to empower people; creating a community that is supported and connected across Scotland to improve both relationships and life chances.

"From observing people who are in the front line and coming to conference events SCCR are undoubtedly providing support and mechanisms for people involved in frontline work."
Past conference delegate


  • Stephen O'Rourke, Faculty of Advocates
  • Dr John Coleman OBE, University of Oxford
  • Aileen Campbell, MSP, Minister for Children and Young People
  • Professor Charlie Irvine, Strathclyde University
  • David Duke, Street Soccer Scotland
  • Norman Drummond CBE FRSE, Drummond International

From the blog

Conflict & Mental Health - a chicken and egg situation?

09 October 2015

October 10th was World Mental Health Day and to mark this we had a new guest blogger Andrew Boyd, mediator, to discuss mental health and working with families going through mediation.

"So is conflict and mental health a chicken and egg situation? What comes first? Is it unresolved conflict contributing to mental health problems or those experiencing mental health problems having a limited ability to manage conflict?"

Andrew shares his experiences as a mediator and how we need be mindful of our own mental health, not only to look after ourselves but to be in a position to fully help and support those who depend on our services.

What are your thoughts about the relationship between conflict and mental health? What are mediators and support workers thoughts about how we can best help those experiencing conflict and mental health problems?

Share your thoughts with us via our forum, Facebook or Twitter pages

From the forum

Chatter in the Community

We’re talking about ….

“Share your story”  

  • What has been your experience of conflict in relationships?

“Conflict and Mental Health, a Chicken and Egg situation”

  • What comes first? Conflict or mental health problems? 

“Improving relationships, Improving Lives”

  • How do we reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness that families can experience?

Last month the forum received 144 views with those benefiting from you sharing your knowledge, ideas and life experiences.


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Upcoming events

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Open Training Session Dumfries and Galloway - November 10 2015

Understand, Communicate and Resolve -
An Aid to Conflict Resolution


The subject of conflict resolution is vast; however, this training identifies generic core elements that individuals, irrespective of their role, will benefit from. The training will give participants the opportunity to reflect on and understand some of the dynamics of conflict within relationships. The training supports the overall aim of the SCCR - to reduce the risk of youth homelessness through reducing family conflict.

Who is it for?

Staff who work with families , as well as young people and parents.

What does it cover?

The training session will allow participants to review and explore the following

Benefits of attending the training include networking with like-minded individuals, peer education, refreshing, complimenting existing knowledge and skills, gaining additional knowledge and learning.

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"[The training] would be really helpful to the majority of parents because sometimes it turns into a battle of wills and the real issue gets missed."

In House training attendee - Children 1st - kinship carers
Recognise, Reflect & Resolve
 07 October 2015




Externalising the Problem - Edinburgh, 26th November 
Externalising the problem is a creative, narrative approach developed by the Australian narrative and family therapist, Michael White. Instead of seeing the problem as being ‘in’ a person, he chose to see it as ‘between’ people. This creative exploration helped people to enter a more hopeful space with fresh possibilities, and to find different ways to understand and solve their problems together. This FREE seminar will be facilitated by Karen Holford, a qualified and experienced family therapist and trainer.


Duncan's Diary: the life of an SCCR Trainer

This month I was back in Perth delivering another parent session to Perth Autism Support. Although a small group this didn't stop them exploring the meaning of inner conflict, gender and relationships. It was another insightful session and our work was also highlighted in the Perth Advertiser.  My next training session saw me deliver to Kinship Carers in Coatbridge, supported by Children 1st. It was a great session exploring many different issues kinship carers face. Highlighted in particular were the generational attitudes, the openness and frankness, the commitment tinged with sorrow and for some the hardship and stress of coping. They were a strong and inspirational bunch with 100% evaluations indicated they would recommend the session to others. Next I found myself in home ground, in Kirkcaldy delivering a session to a small group of young people on a support programme. After a quiet start the group began to engage very well and after the session we even enjoyed a short game of football. The last of the training this month was in Dundee. A mix of students and practitioners the group provided a good inside into relationship conflict especially within a prison environment and how they dealt with it. All in all another great month. Until next time...

Duncan Gordon, SCCR Trainer


The SCCR can also deliver free conflict resolution training in house to young people, their families and the organisations or groups who work with them, and we are keen to work in partnership with others.

If you are interested in hosting a training event or have an idea for a seminar, local event or blog, please do get in touch! You can email us at or call us on 0131 475 4493.


Conflict Resolution Day

This month the SCCR celebrated Conflict Resolution Day. Created by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), Conflict Resolution Day is intended to raise awareness and promote the use of peaceful and non-violent means of resolving conflict. We asked our friends on social media to share their advice and top tips on how to help with family arguments. We were thrilled with the responses we received and really appreciated the time taken to #StopTalkListen. Thank you to Young Scot, Cyrenians, Ypeople, Scottish Mediaiton Network, Hey Sigmund, Positive Prisons, Fathers Network Scotland, Shelter Scotland, Children in Scotland, The Children & Young People's Commissioner and to everyone else who participated. You can find all the activity from the day on our Twitter and Facebook.


Funded by the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund
Edinburgh Cyrenian Trust is a registered charity in Scotland, number SC011052

Big Fund The Scottish Government
Scottish Centre For Conflict Resolution
Norton Park
57 Albion Road
Edinburgh, EH7 5QY
United Kingdom

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