More than just “coping”: Open Door Conflict Coaching
Conflict Resolution Coaching Sessions with Julian G. Ferguson, MA, MSc, Q.Med
About Conflict Resolution Coaching
Conflict begins long before there is any yelling or fighting. Just feeling like we’ve been wronged or treated unfairly, or even feeling like we’ve wronged or treated someone else unfairly, is enough for a conflict to emerge and weigh on us whether the other person knows about it or not. It hurts productivity, damages relationships, and negatively impacts our mental health. Unfortunately, conflict is also “easily” ignored and avoided, especially when there are experiments to finish, essays to write, and Committee Meetings to prepare for.
However, conflict doesn’t need to be so challenging, or even a bad thing. Addressing conflict with a colleague can lead to great new ideas, addressing conflict with a Supervisor can help tailor a schedule that creates results without the burn out, and addressing conflict with a student can create a more beneficial learning environment. To that end, Grad Minds is offering Open Door Conflict Management Coaching each month for anyone who would like to take the first steps to learn how to resolve a conflict, prevent a conflict, or just generally improve their competency in conflict management.
I’m a recent graduate from U of T (MSc Pharm Sci, 2020) who now works in the world of conflict resolution as a mediator and alternative dispute resolution educator/trainer. With two Masters degrees (and an attempted PhD) I spent longer than I’d like to admit in graduate school, but because of that I understand the challenging relationship dynamics that exist, the conflicts that can arise as a result, and how little time and energy there is to deal with any of it. I want to share what I’ve learned so students can actively improve their grad school experience rather than just trying to find ways to cope.
University of Toronto
Graduate Students' Union