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

16-HOUR COURSE IN Introductions to Restorative Justice, Restorative Practices and Circle Conferencing
The course will be held in Santa Maria at 120 E Jones St on Saturday May 15th and Sunday May 16th,
2022. Cost of the class is $300.00 with partial scholarships available to students and non-profit agencies.

Facilitated by Restorative Practitioner: Raquel B. Estrada, apprentice of Leonard D. Flippen IV Offered to Anyone aiming to strengthen social bonds within their family, school, workplace, and community.

Participants will examine the emotional, relational, and ecological theories fundamental to restorative principles, and the importance of engaging with others in equity-oriented relationships. Participants will develop explicit restorative practices skills for application in their own personal and professional lives

Learning outcomes
By the end of Live sessions I & II, participants will

  1. Learn Sovereign-Indigenous People’s paradigm in relation to modern Restorative Practices
  2. Develop an understanding of relationship dynamics
  3. Learn how paradigms impact relationships via power exchange
  4. Develop direct practices to build, deepen, and repair relationships
  5. Learn behavior modification tools via values-based relationships
  6. Develop an understanding of the Restorative Practices Continuum
  7. Enhance intra-personal and interpersonal skills
    Online group discussion forum, optional lab work and field work

If you are interested in being a volunteer practitioner for neighborhood, parent/teen, or business disputes in Restorative Circle Conferences OR you want to improve your own abilities to communicate, negotiate and resolve conflicts more effectively, These COURSES ARE FOR YOU.

Partial scholarships available for students & nonprofit service providers.
Please contact Maria in Santa Maria or Sherrill in Santa Barbara for qualification information.

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.

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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

Planned Courses (Not Yet Scheduled)

Please complete form below to let us know the courses you are interested in.

When we have a minimum of 8 people interested in a class, we will notify you of dates and times..

Next Mediation Skills Course

Interested in Becoming a Mediator?

  • You can call us at (805) 963-6765.
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