The JDPC organized a workshop program for their delegates which was centered on Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. The program highlighted four main topics which are: The need for ADR Spectrum, Importance of Mediation, Conflict Evaluation and Need for effective communication.

Each topic pointed out the need to opt for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve disputes. Resolving conflict and/or dispute through alternative means helps to save time, save cost, build and sustain relationships, reduces congestion of matters in courts and ensures confidentiality of party’s statements.

Delegates were also thought on the need for effective communication. Also, they need to know their personality type, which underlines this point: ‘when we know who we are and why we act the way we do, we can begin to understand our inner selves, improve our personalities and learn to get along with others.’

In conflict resolution, there is need for a mediator to know the various methods of conflict resolution, for instance, the onion method of conflict resolution which highlights: POSITION (What we say we want), INTEREST (What we really want) and NEEDS (What we must have) so as to successfully resolve conflict between parties.

The training was a huge success and it was well attended by Parish/Deanery delegates.