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At the Center of Strengthening Family Connections

Addressing Conflict and Anger Effectively for Youth

Conflict, differences, and misunderstandings happen to everyone. However they are particularly prevalent in the formative years of a young person’s life. Addressing Conflict and Anger Effectively for Youth offer a skills-based curriculum specifically tailored to address concerns and difficulties youth are experiencing around making healthy decisions for themselves as well as how to recognize their emotions, especially anger, and manage them in healthy, effective ways.

Through experiential learning, we utilize interactive activities so participants learn and apply new skills in their lives. Classes are conducted in a group format, which allows students to learn from one another’s diverse experiences. Each person who completes our class gains an understanding of how conflict can be used as an opportunity for growth and problem solving.


Our classes are offered in two formats: 8-weeks (1.5 hours per class) or one consecutive Saturday and Sunday (4 hours per class).

Six week classes cost $180. Weekend classes cost $200.

Parent/Guardians are required to attend classes 1, 3, 5 and 7.

Class size averages 5-8 participants to maximize sharing time.

Course Content

Participants will learn and practice the following techniques:

  • Identify multiple choices for any decision and consider potential positive and negative consequences of these choices
  • Stop and think before acting
  • Communicate needs, wants and feelings in a healthy and productive way
  • Understand the difference between passive, aggressive and assertive conflict styles
  • Recognize and understand the positive and negative attributes of anger
  • Recognize the physiological signs of anger and personal triggers

Course Completion and Requirements

While this class is often used to fulfill a court ordered requirement, it is the participants responsibility to ensure this class qualifies for their specific situation. Participants receive a certificate after completion of the course.

These classes are preventative in nature, and therefore, are designed for teens who do not have a criminal record or for youth that qualify as “first-time offenders.” These classes are not designed for teens who have been convicted of multiple offenses or who have an extensive history of physical violence.


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March 2021

Online Youth Addressing Conflict & Anger Effectively

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST
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Your class occurs online over 4-weeks from 6:00pm – 7:30pm on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 2*, March 4, March 9*, March 11, March 16*, March 18, March 23* and March 25.. The skills we teach help you cool down, manage stress, and learn how conflict can be a force for positive change.

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July 2021

YOUth Leadership Academy

July 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm MDT
The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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With the Conflict Center YOUth Leadership Academy, you’ll learn the skills to become a better leader in your school and in your community. As a leader, conflict is an inevitable obstacle and power dynamics are always present. However, we know that great leaders can utilize conflict as an opportunity for growth and connection and build leadership that promotes power within.

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What youth say about this class

“`{`I learned`}` that anger is natural and the way you handle it has different effects.”

“`{`I learned`}` how to be patient and think before doing things.”

“I will take away everything and all of it is valuable because it can help me in everyday situations.”

The Conflict Center understands that throughout a child’s development, parents/guardians play a critical role in the development of social and emotional skills. In recognition of this, we have built a parent-involvement component into our youth classes. Parents or guardians participate in half of the class sessions, focusing on family communication and skill-building.

Any 11-18 year old who wants to learn how to:

– make better decisions on a day-to-day basis

– stop and think before they act

– effectively communicate with authority figures

– use power in healthy and productive ways

– better manage emotions and control anger

– avoid physical fighting

– problem solve effectively

– successfully communicate feelings and needs

– build and improve relationships with friends and family

We strategically keep the classes between 5 and 10 participants. We find that this class size allows participants to comfortably share their story in a small group, while still being able to receive feedback and guidance from instructors.

Program Highlights

In FY 2017-2018, we served 60 youth and their parents/guardians on site at The Conflict Center.

Addressing Conflict and Anger Effectively for Youth provides participant with the skills they need to make healthy decisions for themselves as well as how to recognize and manage their emotions (specifically anger) in nonviolent ways.

Specifically designed for youth, this class enables participants to make positive choices to reduce physical, verbal and emotional violence in response to stress and conflict in school, family, and the workplace, and prevent further involvement in the criminal or juvenile justice systems.

A majority of our instructors have taught this class for 8+ years.

For more information please contact Rachel Protentis at rachel.protentis@conflictcenter.org or 303.865.5633.