TRIP Essay

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TRIP Essay Conflict Resolution Who Do We Hire? Participants: John, Jim (the Director), Laura, Karl, Keith and Celeste Setting: Mental health center Situation: An opening for a full-time therapist has been created by one of the staff therapists quitting. Questions 1. Name at least one topic (T) issue, one relational (R) issue, one identity (I) issue, and one process (P) issue of this conflict. T Issue = The most obvious topic issue during this conflict is the need to fill the position for a therapist to replace Lee. “Topic goals can be easily seen and talked about; they are external to us – we can point to them and say, “I want that.” While they might be categorizes as “objective, “feelings still infuse these topics”…show more content…
2. How do you predict this conversation will end? Unfortunately I see this conversation ending with Celeste and Jim both very upset and no solutions to the conflict being discussed. It seems that at the end of this scenario the conflict was beginning to spiral out of control, and communication was shutting down. It will end with Celeste and Jim blowing up at each other and not being willing to understand the others perspective about the situation. They will not talk for a while after this happens and Jim will hire Nikki as he intended to from the beginning. As a negative end to this conflict I see Jim and Celeste looking back over the conflict still trying to defend their position (retrospective goals). 3. What do you think the goals are for each of the parties? How do you think those goals might change? Jim = I think Jim’s goals were to fill the position as soon as possible to avoid losing funding and avoid losing Nikki entirely as an employee. Jim’s goals changed during the conflict from just wanting Nikki in the position because she’s already there as an intern to funding issues and issues about being a team. Jim’s goal in the end was saving face. Keith = Keith’s goals in the beginning of the conflict were to support his director but seemed to change to having someone to work on the weekends (besides him probably), and not wanting to take months to fill the position. John = John’s
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