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Helping Clients Forgive: The Ultimate Tool of Conflict Resolution

  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • King & Spalding, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, 34th Floor, North & South Conference Room, New York, NY 10036


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Helping Clients Forgive
The Ultimate Tool of Conflict Resolution

with Eileen Barker, J.D.


Anyone who works with others to resolve conflicts is in an ideal position to help clients forgive. Without forgiveness, it is common for anger, resentment and hatred to continue festering.long after the external problems - the lawsuit, the divorce, the difficult relationship - have been resolved. Continuing to carry toxic attitudes and emotions comes at a very high cost to one’s physical and emotional well-being, and ultimately we all pay the price for this. Clients need practical solutions, but they also need peace, healing, and closure. Forgiveness provides a vehicle for achieving all of these.


This experiential program will provide an overview of the role forgiveness can play in conflict resolution. We will discuss different types of forgiveness and common obstacles to forgiveness in professional settings. We will look at effective ways to talk with clients about forgiveness and what it means to embrace a larger role as peacemakers and healers of conflict.

Eileen Barker J.D., is a mediator with 25 years of experience mediating everything from complex commercial matters to employment disputes to family and divorce cases.  Eileen sees herself as a peacemaker and healer of conflict. She guides clients to see the opportunity inherent in conflict for healing and growth and integrates emotional healing and forgiveness in her work. In addition to her mediation practice, Eileen leads forgiveness workshops and retreats and provides individual forgiveness coaching. She is the author of the Forgiveness Workbook and Forgiveness Meditation CD. For more on this visit


Eileen graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, and with distinction (psychology) from Indiana University. Following a clerkship with the D.C. Court of Appeals, she worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and then as a litigation associate for the firms of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Bianchi, Keegin, Engel and Talkington She has taught mediation, conflict resolution, and related courses at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, University of California Hastings College of Law, John F. Kennedy University Graduate School of Professional Psychology, the Werner Institute at Creighton University, Sonoma State University and elsewhere

"Eileen has transcended the boundaries of traditional mediation practices. Her forgiveness work is inspiring and authentic. I am grateful to her for sharing her wonderful work with clients." 

Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York Chapter


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