Beth Roy
Conflict Resolution
Treated well, conflict can constitute a moment of creative change. Unfortunately, all too often in our society, we bring too little skill, too little help, and too much despair to the conflicts we experience. I work from a theory that assumes that all conflict is based in something real and important. The emotions we feel -- anger, hurt, hopelessness, fear -- are all manifestations of something that calls out for attention and change. To "resolve" conflict is thus often to set foot on journeys of discovery, leading to important re-negotiations of relationships and challenges to limiting conditions of life. I pay close attention to dynamics of power, making sense of the interplay of emotional and material issues.

My work in this regard takes three forms:

- Family and friends: Working through conflicts between couples, among parents and children, between friends and in friendship circles. Although I am not a lawyer, I do work with divorcing couples who want help dealing with barriers to negotiating financial settlements and arrangements for cooperative co-parenting

- Organizations: Generally in partnership with colleagues, mediating conflicts in community organizations and small workplaces.

- Communities: As part of a team, helping communities to advance multicultural relationships in the process of dealing with compelling current issues.


Dr. Roy takes pleasure in training the full gamut of learners:

  • ordinary folks who wish to learn better ways of handling conflict in their own lives
  • professional mediators and facilitators who seek deeper paths to lasting change
  • people working in a variety of settings, ranging from social services to non-profit and business organizations

Combining these various domains of interest in one workshop lends depth and richness to the work. Training is highly interactive, with demonstrations and practice opportunities leading to the teaching of tools for Emotional Literacy through theoretical presentations.

To inquire about details or to request that a workshop be planned for your group, email 

"Since the process is sometimes (often? always?) more important than the final result, I want to let you know how much we appreciate all the time and skill you brought to this...mediation. Issues of race and class exist in any community, and to let them be aired in all their discomfort and honesty in order to come to a greater understanding of each other and ourselves is a remarkable achievement." -- Joseph Smooke, Executive Director, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center

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