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Vickie Samland, Former Staff & Current Volunteer

I was attending Iliff School of Theology to become a mediator for churches. Conflict is inevitable in faith-based groups! I applied for an internship and part-time position at The Conflict Center. I was so excited to understand conflict in all its infinite variations. I realized that TCC was combining my teaching skills (I’d taught in public schools), real and practical change in peoples lives, and my commitment to peacemaking. This was a life-changing shift of direction and personal growth. I find that I still have not gotten peaceful resolution figured out yet! So I remain committed to my original ministry of reconciliation and peacemaking. I am totally indebted to Liz Loescher and all the wonderful people I’ve interacted with in the 22 years I worked at TCC.

Vickie Samland

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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.