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ISCT International Conference!

This May, the US will finally, once again, welcome mediators and others interested in conflict transformation to an international conference-this one in Dayton, Ohio. In recent years, Brazil, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands have been hosts for these conferences. But the last time the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) put one on in the US was 2008.

While the ISCT has expanded its reach far beyond the US, its roots are right here, and the home office is now in Dayton, OH. Based at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University for many years, ISCT moved its headquarters to Dayton in 2014, where the Dayton Mediation Center provides strategic and administrative support for the Institute and its mission. For the conference, The University of Dayton Research Institute will provide the venue and many luminaries in the field of Transformative conflict intervention will share their insights and conduct workshops. Among those luminaries will be Professors Joseph P. Folger and Robert A. Baruch Bush, authors of The Promise of Mediation (1994 & 2004). The book is credited for launching the Transformative movement.

This conference will gather transformative mediators and practitioners of conflict intervention from 5 continents. The Dayton Mediation Center is one of the sponsors and will be bringing many of their volunteer mediators. We are proud to say several of the Center’s staff members will be presenting workshops as well.

A detailed conference program can be found on the conference website: The general schedule is as follows: The conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 2nd and 3rd and pre-conference trainings will be held on Saturday, April, 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016.  The title of the conference: New Horizons for Transformative Practice: Innovating Beyond Mediation.

For updates about the conference and all the ISCT has to offer,  see their website: or for specific questions, you can email them at


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