Imagine….dialoguing instead of debating, dancing instead of wrestling and cooperating instead of competing…

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20 years research and practice by Maria at the Centre for Peaceful Solutions led to the understanding that some essential communication skills are missing for most of us.

Whether within our families or relationships, with our clients, in disputes or in education, conversations don’t always go the way that we would like and can leave us feeling disempowered, judged or misunderstood or lacking in the connection we seek.

In response to this all too common dilemma, Maria developed the Dialogue Road Map.


Our April training has now sold out.

If you would like to be informed of the next training please contact us.

Become a DRM Practitioner

We are looking for a new generation of DRM Practitioners to take the model out into the world.

Only 12 people will be selected to undertake this intense year long training.

Selection will begin later this year.

We’ll be publishing news of how to join this special programme over the coming weeks but here’s a flavour of what the training will include.


  • Core Training:  Learn the basics so you can apply it in your personal or professional life, with clients, colleagues, service users, your partners, family and friends.
  • Conflict Counsellor Training: Give therapeutic support to individuals with inner or outer conflict.
  • Mediator Training: Facilitate 2 party disputes, hold a space for others, to support agreement being reached or communication to happen. Learn to be a mediator who can transform conflict in highly charged situation
  • Facilitator Training: Facilitate group conversations whether they are multi party disputes, group decision making circles or organisational and group change processes.
  • Opportunities to practice: Hone the skills and develop your practice
  • Setting up in Practice: Everything you need to know about how to run your own business seeing clients and charging for your time.


The DRM is Universal wherever there are human relationships that need to continue.

These are some of the settings in which it is currently being applied:

  • Couples, Families and Parenting
  • Connecting with Children and Young People
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Gang Related Rivalries
  • Neighbourhood Disputes
  • Victim / Offender work
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Mental health, Addictions and Substance misuse
  • Prisons
  • Schools
  • Workplaces
  • Mental Healthcare
  • Ex-offender rehabilitation

DRM Core Training

  • Improve the quality of the conversations you have
  • Communicate so everyone trusts they have been heard and understood
  • Get engagement even in the face of hostility, anger or resistance.
  • Be in authentic dialogue not adversarial positions and notice the difference
  • Develop your empathy and listening skills
  • Build meaningful relationships
  • Feel empowered to express yourself effectively
  • Trust in self efficacy even when ambivalence is present.
  • Create outcomes that everyone involved feels ownership of.

We would love to answer your questions and explore opportunities

Please email us or call Maria on 020 8960 5272