Managing Difficult Conversations

Date & Time

Wednesday, 13 November 2019
09:00 to 16:30


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and UBC Equity and Inclusion Office

Registration Closed / Past Event


Both academic and non-academic workplaces are fraught with difficult conversations, many of which take place across power differentials. This day-long workshop provides practical skills in how graduate students, recent grads and junior professionals can navigate situations in which they need to raise a difficult issue with a supervisor, or respond to a problem. We introduce some frameworks for understanding such dynamics, and tools for conflict analysis, boundary setting, managing our triggers, and preparing for difficult conversations. There will be opportunities to both discuss and rehearse creative strategies, with help from our colleagues at Conflict Theater.

This session is part of Thrive, a month long celebration, with events and initiatives focused on building mental health through the Thrive 5. Check out other Thrive events at here.


Dr. Aftab Erfan is Director of Dialogue and Conflict Engagement at the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office and teaches at the School of Community and Regional Planning. Developing the capacity of the UBC community to engage skillfully with conflict is a large part of her mandate.
Tom Scholte is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film as well as Faculty Lead of Conflict Theatre @ UBC. His research and practice in the realm of conflict involve the application of systems theory to modes of experiential learning based in the Theatre of the Oppressed.

Registration Information

General registration opens on Monday, October 28 at 9:00 am.

Restricted to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.