SENTA KNAPP (B Soc Sc, DipHeaSc, AMINZ Associate, FDR Mediator)

My interest in conflict was kindled by my childhood experiences. I was born and raised in South Africa. My father was an outspoken community leader and many regularly drew on his wisdom and compassion to resolve volatile situations.

My formal training to work in the conflict resolution sector started when I joined a group of doctors, psychologists and healers who had an interest in the Consciousness Sciences. As a group, we studied the evolutionary principles that govern the physical and non-physical consciousness structures of our Being.

After moving to New Zealand to start a family,  I brought a successful career in the advertising industry to a close, returning to full-time study.  I completed a Foundation Course in Psychosynthesis, followed by a four-year Diploma in the Natural Healing Sciences.  This was followed by further training in the Harvard Programme of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution as well as Process Therapy. I am a fully accredited FDR Mediator and AMINZ Associate and remain an active member of a Conflict Resolution Group for professionals based on the principles of Process Therapy.

Over the last twenty years, my work has included facilitating separation and co-parenting agreements, running parenting, conflict resolution and communication workshops and working for the Ministry of Social Development as a Domestic Violence and Crisis Mental Health counsellor.

“What we see changes what we know.  What we know changes what we see.”  Jean Piaget Psychologist