Building on the success of the ADRIC 2015 conference, On Country Heritage and Consulting and Native Title Services Victoria are pleased to announce:

ADRIC 2017

A workshop on skills development for group-centred Alternative Dispute Resolution

3-4 August 2017
Melbourne Law School


To advance our focus on skills for working with group-level conflict and disputes, it is our privilege to announce that Myrna Lewis will be leading this workshop. 

Myrna is an internationally-acclaimed leading practitioner and trainer in the field of transformative leadership and facilitation, and is co-founder of the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy. Developed during post-apartheid South Africa’s transition to democracy, Deep Democracy is particularly suited to facilitating conflict and dispute resolution where relationships and group dynamics are emotionally charged or marked by diversity and difference.

ADRIC 2017 presents a valuable learning and networking opportunity for mediators, facilitators and others engaged in group-level conflict resolution and decision-making. Participants will receive experiential training in methods for working with groups through conflict and disputes, including an introduction to the Deep Democracy method.

The workshop counts towards CPD for lawyers and mediators.


Early-bird rate

(register online before 4 July 2017)

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Full price

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FVTOC member rate


ADRIC 2017
A workshop on skills development for group-centred Alternative Dispute Resolution

Myrna Lewis is a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of transformative leadership and facilitation. She is a co-founder of the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy which was born out of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy in 1993. To date the method has been experienced in over forty countries and is taught in 15 countries.  Myrna has a BA degree in Social Science, BA Honors degree in Psychology and a M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology She is responsible for the professional services and development of the Deep Democracy methodology. Myrna consults internationally and facilitates large-scale transformation processes within corporate, NGO, NPO and social activist organizations. She is the author of’ Inside the No’ (2008) and recipient of several international awards. 

This workshop has been specifically designed to meet participants’ needs as mediators in the context of group mediation.

The training will be highly experiential and practical, giving participants insights and tools that they will be able to apply immediately. Although the workshop targets group mediation skills, participants will be able to apply the methodology in all areas of mediation.

This workshop will be of value for

  • Health workers, counselors and others in the helping professions.
  • Change agents in social movements, organizational transformation and community activism.
  • Consultants, coaches, facilitators and others working with organizations and individuals.
  • Mediators and agents involved in alternate dispute resolution

This workshop will cover

  • Understanding of how a group’s conscious and unconscious is created through decision making processes.
  • Introduction to the Steps of Deep Democracy

What is Deep Democracy?

Developed in post-apartheid South Africa and practiced in over 20 countries around the world, Deep Democracy is a facilitation methodology particularly useful for resolving relationships and group dynamics that are emotionally charged or marked by diversity and difference.

The methodology reaches “deep” in that it goes far beyond the conventional methods of facilitating the exchange of ideas and instead surfaces values, beliefs, and attitudes, which inform and enrich the group’s process.

It is “democratic” in that it emphasizes that every voice matters and that decision are wisest when majority and minority voices are both valued and included.

The Level 1 two-day course introduces participants to the fundamental tools of Deep Democracy, enabling them to radically improve collaborative processes and resolve differences. No previous experience or education is necessary to enroll in this training.

Deep Democracy provides a radically transformative toolkit for individuals and groups looking to increase their capacity to succeed in turbulent times.

The methodology is quick to learn, easy to use and will enable you to:

  • Accelerate collective decision-making processes.
  • Create buy-in and commitment around agreements with different stakeholders.
  • Include the voices of those typically excluded in conversations.
  • Empower individuals and strengthen groups as a result of working through conflicts.
  • Improve efficiency and performance of groups. 

Key elements of the workshop components on Deep Democracy include:

Understand Relationships and Group Dynamics

  • Read the dynamics of a group, pick up on the early signs of resistance and emerging conflict and act in a timely manner to reduce tension.
  • Understand the obstacles to good communication and build the foundations for shared understanding.
  • Begin and end meetings with a powerful way to connect the group and get a handle on what is happening in the room.

Collaborative Decision Making

  • Facilitate dynamic conversations which unleash engagement and spontaneity, creativity and excitement.
  • Harness the amazing power and collective intelligence of the group by enabling even the most quiet participants to find their voice and express their views.
  • Create safety in both large and small groups for the difficult conversations that need to take place.
  • Search for the wisdom of the minority in groups and improve majority decision-making by incorporating the minority’s wisdom.

Resolve Conflict

  • Recognize underlying tensions that block a group’s progress, diagnose shifts in group dynamics as they become polarized and rigid, and know what facilitation tools to use in such situations.
  • Resolve differences of opinions, arguments and conflicts instead of allowing anger and blaming to continue, recognizing and unleashing the creative potential that lies within every conflict.
  • Use conflict as an opportunity to enhance learning, leadership development, and interpersonal relationships.