Michael Doherty MBE


Michael is a fulltime practicing mediator, facilitator and trainer having attended Fordham Law School in New York and School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regents College, London.


In the early 1990’s Michael initiated the first ever Community Relations Action Learning Programme in Northern Ireland.


Since then he has designed Open College Network programmes on Exploring Diversity; Facilitating Community Relation’s Work; a Train the Trainer Programme; Facilitating Difficult Conversations Skills Programme; Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills Programmes; Good Relations Facilitation Skills and a Family Mediation Skills course.


Since 1996 Michael has become recognised as one of the lead mediator/ trainer in the field of Conflict Resolution/ Transformation and has successfully mediated work-place, family and neighbourhood disputes.


Michael has also successfully mediated some of the major parades disputes in Northern Ireland.


He is also recognised internationally, engaged by universities in parts of the world to deliver lectures and workshops on the practical application of mediation as a tool for resolving conflict.


As a trainer in the field of Community Relations he is a strong advocate for the use of mediation as an alternative to violence as a way of resolving disputes and to building a peaceful society that is free of sectarianism and racism and other forms of hate crime.


In 2010 Michael was co- chair of the team that was awarded the “Community Champion” award for their work in reducing sectarian incidents in Derry/ Londonderry from the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland.


In 2012 Michael was invited by the British Commonwealth to facilitate workshops in Sri Lanka on tools for helping communities reconcile.


Michael is a member of Forum for Cities in Transition group that went to Nigeria in November 2013 facilitating workshops on how to move armed forces into dialogue to enable them to think of non-violent ways to attain their objectives.


In 2013 Michael received the Northern Ireland Community Relations Councils Award for Exceptional Achievements in Community Relations Work.


In 2014 Michael produced a “Peace Builders Handbook” for facilitators working in areas of conflict throughout the world.


In 2016 Michael travelled to Tripoli to help develop a document for the Fighters for Peace group titled “A Roadmap to Reconciliation”.


In 2017 Michael was invited to University of Lancaster in Cyprus, where he delivered a course on “Mediation – A tool for resolving conflict” for ICLAIM (Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods) as part of their outreach activity programme.


In 2018 Michael was awarded an MBE for his work in Community Cohesion.

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