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Carol Clark, Volunteer

My first contact with The Conflict Center was in the early 90’s through Sue Haskell and Patricia Laverty.  My efforts then were all craft related — a puppet and emotion baby heads assembled from old panty hose.  Also a beribboned wall hanging to hold volunteer name badges.

I continued to value the work TCC does, but from a distance for many years. In 2016, with the obvious growing failure of American’s to treat one another civilly, it became clear to me that I need to actually do something to support TCC in its efforts to promote peaceful, civil interaction among us. This knowledge led to my commitment to spend time weekly at TCC, helping with the administrative chores required to keep the organization thriving. This has turned out to be primarily bookkeeping chores.  The much appreciated side benefit is the interaction with members of the TCC community — staff and volunteers.  I am looking forward to helping the coming year (which really starts in September) unfold with new efforts from everyone.

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When conflict happens in the workplace or people experience inappropriate or difficult behavior at work, relationships are damaged and productivity often suffers.
Workplaces that embrace Restorative Practices have the potential to create a safer, happier and more effective workplace for everyone. Restorative Practices can be used within the workplace both as a preventative measure and to address conflict when it does arise, enabling teams and individuals to work well together.

Restorative Practices can be an effective way to resolve workplace conflict. It involves:
  • bringing together all those affected by conflict
  • providing a safe environment for the expression of perspective
  • allowing participants to come to a shared understanding
  • identifying creative ways to deal with conflict
  • providing opportunities to rebuild damaged relationships and strengthen teams 

Restorative approaches can also be used proactively within the workplace to build strong, positive relationships. Staff meetings, for example, can be focused on building relationships and based around a foundation of mutual respect.
To discuss opportunities to bring this training to your workplace or to customize this training to your organizations needs, please contact Jessica Sherwood at Jessica.Sherwood@conflictcenter.org or call 303.865.5624.