Friday, January 16th, 2009 - PD Retreats Australia
Dr Samantha Hardy, Director of Conflict Resolution and Practice (Melbourne), Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, The University of Queensland will facilitate two, open to the public, workshops in Hobart on 26 and 27 February.

The workshops are part of the Professional Development (PD) Retreat to be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart over three days at the end of February.

In a full-day workshop, participants will be introduced to a range of conflict management tools for use in the workplace, including principled negotiation, mediation and conflict coaching. This workshop will include skills exercises to help participants manage their own conflict and to assist others to manage their conflict.

Conference organiser Sharon Hudson, of Talent Tools Australia, says: "Sam is one of Australia's leading experts on managing conflict, especially in the workplace. She has a legal background and practiced as a lawyer for
some years before moving into education and training."

Dr Hardy is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and completed advanced negotiation training at Harvard Law School, and is a CINERGY trained Conflict Coach.

"Sam has taught law and conflict resolution for the past twelve years to university students, lawyers and other professionals," Ms Hudson said. "She also has a consultancy practice in facilitation, mediation and conflict coaching. Tasmanian businesses or organisations have a rare opportunity to benefit from Sam's extensive practical approach to workplace conflict management during the PD Retreat. Day registrations are available for those who are 'time-poor' and just want to catch Sam while she is in Tasmania."

By the end of the workshop participants will have developed a clear understanding of the range of processes that can be utilised for the management, resolution and prevention of workplace conflict and the skills needed to effectively conduct these processes.

Participants will receive a comprehensive manual of materials for future reference and a University of Queensland Certificate of Attendance.

The second workshop is a half day and focuses on developing skills for planning and conducting difficult conversations, in personal and work lives.

Participants will learn about some of the particular dynamics that make some conversations difficult; and be able to identify and respond appropriately to the difficult behaviour of others.

Participants will receive a comprehensive manual of materials for future reference and a University of Queensland Certificate of Attendance.

More inforamtion about the PD Retreat and registration details can be found at the website for the PD Retreat,

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PD Retreats Australia

PD Retreats organises developmental retreats for personal, relationship, professional, small business and organisational development.

Drawing on a diverse range of presenters, topics and locations PD Retreats provide leaning and development in relaxed and positive environments conducive to learning.

Sharon Hudson, PD Retreats founder, conceptualized PD Retreats as providing conference and convention style learning experiences for the general public as well as the employees of large organisations, priced to enable staff not generally considered for conferences nor conventions to attend.
Sharon Hudson
P: 07 3862 2859
M: 0416 01 07 01

Dr Sam Hardy

P: 0407 140 860 - available for interviews
M: 0407 140 860


University of Queensland Conflict Resolution specialist Dr Hardy will run two workshops at the Professional and Personal Development Retreat in Hobart 26-28 February.


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