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Engaging the Tension of Diversity - Intensive

Training Details & Format Options
  • Customizable 1 Day or 2 Day Options

  • In Person Only (Explore Virtual Option)

  • 12-50 Participants

  • Ideal for Management Level

Learning Objective

By the end of this training, participants will be equipped to engage in dialogue with others around topics of diversity. They will gain skills to seek deeper understanding of themselves and others when confronted with differences.

Skills & Core Concepts Addressed
  • Group Discussion

  • DEI Skills Practice

  • Reflection Activities

  • Navigating Tension 

  • Team Learning 

  • Interactive Experiences

Why this? Why now?

While we may have successfully internalized information about diversity, equity and inclusion, putting it into action is hard work. Even when our hearts are in the right place, we still run into sticky situations and conflicts. If we fail to develop the skills to have these conversations well, tension builds, productivity decreases, and burnout increases.

Like our other DEI offerings, the intensive format of Engaging the Tension of Diversity explores the underlying emotions that are causing tension but goes one step further to provide therapist-facilitated experiences that give your team space to navigate difficult discussions together.

What is Artesian Collaborative’s approach to this issue?

If we address DEI issues through a relational lens with a focus on empathy, we can create space to have tense dialogue safely. All of our trainings are led by individuals who have a background in therapeutic techniques that can help teams manage conflict as it’s happening. As leaders, it often feels easiest to avoid conflict around diversity. We will help you practice skills to navigate that conflict and use it for good.

How will this training help my team grow?

Building self-reflection skills increases our ability to understand our responses and better engage with others. Developing these skills can lead to growth in communication and hold space for multiple truths and stories.

Participant Feedback

“This is the best DEI training I’ve ever participated in.”

“After training with a previous vendor, I was anxious to attend this session. The delivery in this class was VERY different - in a great way. I see the journey and actions I can take more clearly.”

“It was powerful to hear stories directly from our colleagues during the session. This helped me understand and connect.”

“This course feels more inclusive than others I’ve experienced, because it focuses on coming together and not the divide.”

“I am glad to have resources to bring back immediately. This is something I’ve wanted.”

“I appreciated the facilitation style  - gracious delivery, open

to going where the session needed and the energy was highly engaging. Overall great training.”

“Facilitators were fantastic. Loved how inclusive they both were through the days and made the session so easy to want to talk about tough things.”

Our Training Team

As trained mental health professionals, our passion is to help people navigate pain and turn it into growth. Many corporate training programs are great at helping us address the symptoms of tension and conflict, but rarely get to the root of why we feel and act the way that we do. At Artesian Collaborative we believe that tension, conflict and discomfort are not merely problems to be solved. They are opportunities that, when used correctly, can transform our organizations, our relationships and ourselves.

As we train your team our primary goals are to:


  • Help your organization build a culture that supports psychological and emotional health.

  • Guide your team through tension and conflict in a way that builds understanding of themselves and others.

  • Facilitate interactive and interpersonal workshops that help teams experience positive interactions in the moment that can serve as a model for healthy organizational culture.

Sunitha Chandy Psy.D.

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