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Volume 2, Number 2, Feb 2002

Conflict Coaching (page 4 of 4)

Potential Growth Opportunities for Conflict Coaching

Conflict coaching can be developed through assessment of different coaching models. It would also be useful to research the conflict styles coaching process, research the interest based coaching process, develop other approaches to coaching and perform a detailed comparison of models.

Promote Conflict Coaching within Higher Education

Conflict can be promoted within higher education by introducing the process directly to students. It would also be useful to 1) work with student organizations, 2) create a formal or informal referral system in partnership with university housing, the university disciplinary committee, or other administrative or academic parts of the university and 3) clarify how coaching and other conflict management services (e.g., ombuds programs) relate with one another.


As the alternative dispute resolution field matures and recognizes the limits of current processes like mediation, additional processes will no doubt be proposed and pursued. One relatively new ADR process that has already shown promise is conflict coaching. Judging by the way that the general public has received other forms of coaching, the further development of conflict coaching seems assured. While at least a couple of models of conflict coaching have already been applied and while additional models have been conceived, a great deal of work remains in strengthening these approaches and possibly in envisioning others.


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Ross Brinkert

Ross Brinkert is a conflict management practitioner and researcher with six years of experience in the education and health care sectors. He presents at national conferences, consults and trains regularly, and for the past three years has assisted in leading Temple University's Conflict Education Resource Team (CERT). He received his MA in Communication Sciences (with a concentration in Conflict Processes) at Temple and is completing his doctorate in the same department. Email:

A Related Book

Timothy E. Ursiny designed a handbook about coaching titled "The Coaches Handbook: Exercises for Resolving Conflict in the Workplace". This handbook is specifically for the internal coach or manager working within a business setting. To find out more about this book, visit

Original piece presented by Ross Brinkert (Temple University) at the University of Massachusetts Boston Conflict Studies Conference, 2000

Abridged, with permission, for online publication by Samantha Spitzer (Wayne State University), 2002

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