In-Person Workshops

Lateral Violence

Transforming Conflict to Lateral Kindness

November 02, 2023 - November 03, 2023
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM MDT )
$529.00 (regular rate)
$489.00 (*early rate)
*early rate expires 10/12/2023
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Lateral Violence - Edmonton - November 2-3, 2023; 9am-4pm Mountain Time

Early rate expires 10/12/2023

Quantity: 1 $ 489.00
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At its core, lateral violence is misdirected anger. It causes us to harm others based on what’s been done to us by someone else. This can cause a complex web of infighting that damages relationships, organizations, and communities. But it is possible to break the cycle of lateral violence through lateral kindness. Lateral kindness is based on Indigenous values that create healthier relationships, such as respect and fairness. In this workshop, you will explore the impacts of lateral violence and learn practical steps for conflict resolution to help stop the cycle. You will improve your personal awareness and communication skills so you can practice lateral kindness and resolve conflict, repair relationships, and prevent lateral violence.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the root causes of lateral violence, with an emphasis on prior traumatic experiences
  • List the types and severity of lateral violence
  • Describe the stages of lateral violence escalation
  • Identify styles of conflict interaction
  • Recognize the importance of compassion and lateral kindness
  • Summarize key steps toward a resolution process

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, and personal reflection, delivered electronically.

Some of the Topics Included

  • Foundations of Prior Trauma and Oppression
  • Types of Lateral Violence
  • Escalation of Lateral Violence
  • Lateral Kindness
  • Working Towards Solutions
  • Dealing with Misunderstandings
  • Finding Your Conflict Interaction Style
  • Anger Escalation Cycle
  • Different Styles of Communicating
  • Preventing Lateral Violence

Target Audience

This is an introductory workshop intended for anyone wanting to explore the various dynamics of lateral violence and learn strategies for responding to and preventing it.

Terms & Conditions

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Trainer: Derek Chewka


Derek’s areas of focus include Intergenerational trauma, Indigenous concepts of well-being, and the delivery of child intervention services to Indigenous children, youth, families, communities, and Nations on and off reserve. He is a Registered Social Worker working as a sessional instructor at MacEwan University and University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills. Derek has had various roles within the Government of Alberta, including Regional Manager of Children’s Services, holding the portfolio for Aboriginal Services and Supports, and Advocate for the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate. Most recently, he was the Director of Child and Family Services, and was an instructor in their Indigenous Social Work department. Derek’s belief system is grounded in ceremony and he has Indigenous knowledge as a foundation. He practices the concept of miyo-pimâtisiwin – the good life – in everything he does, including his work with individuals, families, and communities. As a trainer, Derek’s approach is relationally based, which helps create safe learning environments that allow participants to share their wisdom, knowledge, and lived experiences. Derek provides practical information that is easily transferable to one’s work environment. He is approachable, engaging, and infuses humour throughout to create fun and memorable learning opportunities.

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