- Speak your truth and get your needs met
- Build resilience and reduce stress
- Increase productivity
- Prevent and de-escalate conflict
- Find lasting solutions to complex problems
- Build self-confidence and authentic collaborations
- Contribute to a culture of respect, civility and mutual empowerment
Many trainings offer guidelines on how to approach tough conversations or difficult people using conflict resolution theory and specific language. Applying these can be difficult, however, when the stress is high or when confronting a bully. Without added skills to regulate the nervous system, many people become reactive, give up or simply avoid what needs to be discussed. Other programs do focus on teaching coping mechanisms that affect the nervous system, such as mindfulness, but in ways that lack integration with real life applications. Even after years of practice, people may still feel dissatisfied and disempowered, unprepared to enact needed changes.
RESPECTFUL CONFRONTATION® BRINGS ALL OF THE PIECES TOGETHER, SYNTHESIZING DISCIPLINES.
Using research from neuroscience, innovative somatic practices, martial arts disciplines, and philosophies and theories on human behavior and conflict resolution, Respectful Confrontation creates a multi-dimensional approach that helps people take theory and integrate it into daily life for a confident, dexterous use of assertiveness that is mutually empowering.
“A very useful training and book for those who believe, as I do, in respect for the humanity of the adversary. Weston is a keen and sensitive observer of the human condition.”
–James A. Joseph, former US Ambassador to South Africa
ABOUT RESPECTFUL CONFRONTATION FOUNDER
Joe Weston is an international workshop facilitator, author, consultant, coach, and advocate for lasting peace. His book, Mastering Respectful Confrontation, is selling throughout the world. Joe has almost 30 years of experience in providing training to corporations, government agencies and non-profits around the world, adapting the approach to the needs of each particular organization.
Born and educated in New York, Joe lived in Amsterdam for 18 years and now lives in Washington DC. Joe brings a wealth of insight to his work based on many teachings, including Tai Chi Chuan, mindfulness and a variety of traditions—plus his experience in theater and various organizational trainings, to create a unique style of training and coaching that combines theory with somatic exercises.
He is currently adjunct professor at Georgetown University, School of Government, Department of Conflict Resolution, teaching a course: Body-based skill building for navigating stress and confrontation.
His clients include NASA, The World Bank, Oxfam, KLM, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mitsubishi Motors and various government and educational institutions.
Joe works with women’s rights and other humanitarian organizations in the Middle East and the US, focusing on empowerment and leadership, reframing power/masculinity, and overcoming gender-based violence.
He has also worked with different veterans organizations, supporting returning and wounded veterans in their process of integration and healing, and has also volunteered for the Liberation Prison Project, teaching meditation and leadership to inmates.
Joe works in both English and Dutch.
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MEET THE RESPECTFUL CONFRONTATION
TEAM AND COLLABORATORS
As the Director of Operations for Respectful Confrontation, Todd Hoskins is responsible for making sure all the elements of RC are working together in sync. Todd is also a facilitator, change agent, and entrepreneur who has helped launch over a dozen companies. Combining his graduate work in psychology, interest in network science and ecology, and experience applying these insights with small and large organizations going through major transformations, Todd launched Canopy Gap in 2009, a consulting firm that leads and supports organizations through shifts in perspective and practices.
Manon Romijn is a certified Respectful Confrontation trainer and has been an international team member since 2008, serving as a co-producer and co-facilitator in the Netherlands.
Heleen Brinkman is a creative trainer and expert in dialogue and communications. She uses her background in theater, as well as her years in corporate training, to help people bridge differences and become “mission ready” for working together.
Catherine Frels has been a Respectful Confrontation international team member since 2010, serving as a co-producer and co-facilitator of trainings in the US.
La Sarmiento is a teacher, mentor, and retreat leader with a diverse background in Buddhism, community organizing, and body-based healing. In addition to impacting Respectful Confrontation with their keen insights, big smile, and open heart, they have influenced many people of all ages in the Washington DC region and beyond through retreats, their work in Reiki, meditation, and within the LGBTIQ community.
Juanita Range is a mediator, facilitator, and coach with a background in training and leadership, as well as conflict, change, and innovation management. Her more than 25 years of experience supports clients in discovering, strengthening, releasing, and connecting life components that affect our presence and impact in the world.
Kevin John Fong
Kevin is a nationally recognized and respected cultural translator, facilitator, trainer, and speaker in transformative justice, leadership development and organizational design. His mission is to clarify purpose, align principles, and integrate systems to cultivate health and prosperity in organizations and communities.