Training Overview

Conflict Solutions Center (CSC) presents conflict resolution training workshops for individuals and organizations of all backgrounds. As a leader in the conflict resolution and Restorative Justice field in Santa Barbara County for 20 years, we provide theoretical and practical information in a hands-on learning environment. Our courses help people build skills to improve communication, manage and resolve conflict, negotiate win-win solutions, and facilitate conflict resolution processes. CSC’s Mediation model is different from others in that equal emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for parties to heal or reconcile their relationship as is on facilitating a negotiated agreement to their conflict. This is important because when people can reconcile their relationships, their willingness and interests in exploring mutually beneficial ways of solving problems between them increases exponentially, and agreements are kept at a much higher rate. This increased understanding and empathy for the other contributes to building stronger communities.  If this is of interest to you in your work, your family and your life, this trainings is for you!

CSC provides a variety of skills training courses throughout the year. Below is a list of both our current course offerings, as well as classes that may be offered later in the year.

 

 

Currently Offered Courses

 

COMPASSIONATE AND COOPERATIVE
COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS - A ONE-DAY CLASS


You may attend this one-day class in either of the two locations below:

SANTA MARIA
Saturday, February 4, 2017 9:30—4:30
Location: 705 So. McClelland St., Santa Maria

SANTA BARBARA
Saturday, February 18, 2017 9:30— 4:30
location: 1528 Chapala, Santa Barbara—3rd Floor Conference Room

Each of us holds responsibility for building a community grounded in understanding, compassion and cooperation. Interpersonal dialog skills are vital to the way we connect with others. Communication is the bedrock of all human relaonships. Compassionate and Cooperative interacon is essenal for survival in today's fast-paced, complex world.

YOU WILL LEARN:
  • - to recognize how personal interpretations can serve to
    create misunderstandings and conflict
  • - to improve cooperation by listening with empathy and
    speaking so others can really hear you

Check out our registration discounts!
  • - Register as a Student/Non Profit Service Provider: Tuition = $70
  • - Register before January 14: Tuition = $70
  • - Regular Tuition = $85

 

Please note: We reserve the right to cancel an event 48 hours prior if our minimum number of paid registrations has not been met. If an event is canceled you will receive both phone and email notification. You will have the choice of receiving a credit or refund for any payment received.

 

 
 

 

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE CIRCLES
FACILITATORS TRAINING - SPRING, 2017

SANTA MARIA
Cornerstone Community Room, 705 McClelland

Friday, February 24, 2017
10:00 am — 5:30 pm

Saturday: February 25, 2017
10:00 am — 5:30 pm

If you are interested in actively participating in , , ,

  • - bringing accountability, understanding & healing into our current juvenile justice system
  • - strengthening relationships and building compassionate, inclusive school communities
  • - learning a skill for building human connections


. . . this training is where to start.

In this 17-hour training you will learn the skills necessary to facilitate Restorative Justice Circle Conferences as well as Accountability Circles that can be used in communities, schools, and with CSC’s Restorative Justice Partnership offered in North Santa Barbara County.

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • - The history and overview of Restorative Justice Principles
  • - The impact of a Restorative Justice paradigm shift on self and on the community
  • - What Restorative Justice practice looks like
  • - Role of the facilitators and skills used to listen deeply
  • - Format for conducting Restorative Justice Conference Circles and Accountability Circles

TUITION

Tuition is $150.00; unless you have already taken one of our Mediation Skills trainings, then it is FREE.

Please note: We reserve the right to cancel an event 48 hours prior if our minimum number of paid registrations has not been met. If an event is canceled you will receive both phone and email notification. You will have the choice of receiving a credit or refund for any payment received.

To download a flyer please:
Click Here for English.

 

 
 

 

40-HOUR CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND
MEDIATION SKILLS TRAINING- SPRING, 2017


This 40-hour course is divided between two locations:
3 classes in Santa Barbara AND 3 classes in Santa Maria.
(Please note that applicants must attend the classes in
BOTH locations below to complete the course.)


SANTA BARBARA
Saturdays: March 11, 18, and 25, 2017
10:00 am — 4:30 pm

SANTA MARIA
Saturdays: April 1, 8 and 15, 2017
10:00 am — 4:30 pm

If you are interested in being a volunteer mediator, in Small Claims Court, for neighborhood, parent/teen, or business disputes, OR you are interested in Restorative Justice and becoming a mediator for victim/offender mediations or Restorative Circle Conferences OR you want to improve your own abilities to communicate, negotiate and resolve conflicts more effectively, THIS 6-DAY IS THE COURSE FOR YOU.

YOU WILL LEARN:
  • - the art of neutral observation
  • - the elements of conflict and your conflict style
  • - how to Speak to reduce defensiveness & Listen for underlying needs
       (nonviolent communication basics)
  • - the difference between positions and needs/interests
  • - how to defuse anger
  • - how to break down conflicts into resolvable pieces
  • - the theoretical foundation, objectives and stages of mediation process
  • - compassionate communication and conflict resolution skills within a mediation framework
  • - the basics of the emerging field of Restorative Justice

Check out our registration discounts!
  • - Register as a Student/Non Profit Service Provider: Tuition = $325
  • - Register before February 4: Tuition = $400
  • - Regular Tuition = $525

 

Please note: We reserve the right to cancel an event 48 hours prior if our minimum number of paid registrations has not been met. If an event is canceled you will receive both phone and email notification. You will have the choice of receiving a credit or refund for any payment received.

To download a flyer please:
Click Here for English.

 

 
 

 

Training Course Testimonials

"This class isn’t just for the individual that wants to do this as a career. This class is key for personal growth, peace within oneself, one’s family and any aspect of one’s life."
        - Retired Business Person/Student

"As someone who has been a trained mediator for over 10 years in my current profession, I’ve attended multiple mediation training sessions. This has been by far the best and most useful training!! I have already used skills and information learned to serve my customers, even outside the mediation process."
        - Mediator

"This experience has been transformative for me. Probably the most valuable, enriching learning experience I’ve ever had."
        - Teacher

"This course was better than I expected and have found what I learned to be useful for everyday life."
        - Local Attorney

" …a convincing approach to the fundamentals of facilitative mediation. I learned more in a 6-day program at CSC than I have in any university course."
        - Former Criminal Defense Attorney ·

"Kimberly was open, authentic and exemplified the attitude that needs to be brought to the process of mediating by the way she dealt with the variety of personalities in our course. I left feeling uplifted and more enlightened!"
        - Counselor

"The interaction of a community of others who are postively fostering peace and communication was a treasure."
        - Retired

"This training was excellent! It challenged me professionally and personally to look at conflict situations with a whole new perspective, giving me skills that will allow me to mediate conflict with empathy and skills to help others reconnect and resolve issues."
        - Counselor at California Men’s Colony