October 20 & 21, 2017: The Path to Peace: Peacekeeping Circles

$750.00 $675.00

Circle process is the alternative dialogue technique every leader and ADR professional needs to know. Partcipants earn CEUs and will bBecome certified as a Circle Keeper as established by Peacekeeping Circle guidelines.




The skill of facilitating relevant conversation is an essential element for today’s leaders and peacemakers.  Employee turnover, divisions between generations, peer to peer miscommunication, and change management are all potential hazards a leader faces at some time.  Lacking the necessary tools to face these challenges keeps today’s managers from addressing them at all.  Avoidance can be a mistake and a missed opportunity for team building, strengthening employee relations, conflict transformation, and identification of future leaders.
Peacekeeping Circles are an ancient tool utilized by leaders and managers to create safe spaces to talk about hard things.  During Circle time collective wisdom is drawn from the group as participants share their perspectives and respect is created through intentional listening.

Participants of this 20-hour course will gain a basic understanding, practical skills, and theoretical framework of Circle processes.  The class will explore, design, and experience different types of Circles in a unique and active setting.  This course fulfills the requirements necessary to become certified as a Circle Keeper as established by Peacekeeping Circle guidelines.

Additional Benefits of Circle Processes

  • Create and support environments necessary to integrate change into a system.
  • Bring peace and understanding to conflict and strained relationships.
  • Taps into the intelligence and hidden potential which is part of every person and organization.
  • Provides space so the uncooperative/disenfranchised can be heard and become part of the solution.


  • $750*
  •  Earlybird – $ 675 through August 31

*Group discounts available for 3 or more. Clergy and educator discounts available also. Email for more details.

Continuing Education

  • Participants will receive certificates of completion with 2 CEUs (20 clock hours) from Abilene Christian University.
  • Additionally, marriage and family therapists will receive 17 hours of CEUs as we are an approved continuing education provider of Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Pre-Session Online Learning

  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Pre-Session Remote Webinar
  • Friday, Oct. 13 – Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 – Online Discussion & Required Reading

Live Training

  • Friday, Oct. 20, 2017: 8 a.m. – noon; 1-5:30 p.m. Live Group Training at ACU Dallas
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017: 8 a.m. – noon; 1-5:30 p.m. Live Group Training at ACU Dallas


Abilene Christian University – Dallas
One Hanover Park
16633 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 800
Addison, Texas  75001

Online Discussion & Required Reading

About the Facilitator

Lisa Hancock

Lisa Hancock, M.A. is a conflict resolution specialist and sought-after guest speaker whose work promotes dispute resolution, problem-solving, team building, and decision-making. In 2007 she received a Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution from SMU, and is an adjunct professor in their dispute resolution program. Today, as Director of Restorative Communications, Lisa performs mediations, designs workshops, and conducts Peacekeeping Circles for a variety of clients.

Lisa wrote and designed the conflict resolution program for The Birkman Method, the leading U.S. personality assessment tool for corporations and organizations. Lisa is also a trained Defense Initiated Outreach Specialist in capital murder cases. In this capacity, she serves as the communication bridge between the defense counsel and victims’ families.

As a member of the Congregational Assessment Response and Transformation Team Advisory Board for The North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, she assesses church conflicts, conducts conflict resolution workshops, performs both interpersonal and church-wide mediations, and coach pastors through challenging situations.


The Circle Lisa designed was so carefully crafted.  The entire process, beginning to end was nurtured so tenderly and attentively, as if by an expert gardener cultivating the most valuable of saplings.  Every detail was considered and yet there was still an immense sense of ease and flow.  It was quite extraordinary, even exquisite. The YMCA is very focused on trainings and team building.  It is part of our culture.  The Circle went far beyond any team building exercise, class, or training I’ve ever attended.  One member of our team who has been with us over 10 years commented that the Circle was the best “meeting” she had ever attended.
Tia Dali, YMCA
Circles bring immediate intimacy and depth to a group no matter what the group dynamic holds before the Circle is formed.  Phenomenal paradigm shifts take place in people as they begin to see others for whom they really are and not the facade they often show.  Circles form life-changing and transformational connections between participants as they see where they have common ground and similar life experiences.
– Nicky Fryman, educator
The Circle process that Lisa brought to us enabled our group to address the issue and move toward a solution.  We were able to lay it all out there in a way that was helpful, healing and hopeful for the future.  It was extremely useful in putting us on track to becoming fully functional once again!
– Rob Spencer, pastor