Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado
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Use the Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado calendar all year long - post your events related to problem solving activities to our calendar for all months, not just October!

January 29th, 4-5 PM: Talking it Out: Getting to Agreement Reception and Dialogue - Dayton Memorial Library, Regis University, Denver, CO

February 12th, 7-9 PM:
Getting to Yes: Are We There Yet? Resolution Processes, Education and Prevention in Summit - Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge, CO

February 18th, 12 PM:
Conflict Resolution Perspectives on Sand Creek - University of Denver, Ben Cherrington Hall (Cyber Cafe), Denver, CO

February 18th-March 18th, 6:30-9 PM: Compassionate Communication: The Fundamentals - Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, CO

February 27th, 12 PM: Engaging Partisan Divides: Collaboration, Deliberation and Transpartisanship - University of Denver, Ben Cherrington Hall (Cyber Cafe), Denver, CO

February 27th, 6-8 PM: Film for Thought: I Learn America, Screening and Panel Discussion - The Conflict Center, Denver, CO 

We need your help!  Each year our team selects a book to feature during Conflict Resolution Month and we'd like your suggestions!

The book needs to be one that people will read (accessible language and content, not too academic), must be readily available, and should not be too expensive. Of course, we are looking for a book that helps people to build conflict resolution skills.

Books will be reviewed over the next three months and then selected in May. 

To suggest a  book, please email Mitzi Hicks with the title and a brief reason you are suggesting the book. Please remember that ideal books are geared toward the general public versus only practitioners.  

There are so many ways to get involved in Conflict Resolution Month. One of the best ways is to become a Synergizer and join a Team!

Conflict Resolution Month Teams are groups of folks who have come together to coordinate an aspect of Conflict Resolution Month. There is a wide range of diversity in team activities--chances are, there is a team that would be a great fit for the contribution of your time and talents!

Check out the details of each team here.  If you don't see a team that's right for you, feel free to attend the monthly Synergizer meeting and suggest something new!

To join a team, contact 

 All donations to Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado are processed through our fiscal sponsor, The Conflict Center.  Please be sure to make a note in the online donation form that indicates that your donation is for Conflict Resolution Month!
You may also send a check directly to the Conflict Center with Conflict Resolution Month in the memo line. 
January, 2015

It's almost February! Welcome back Encouragers, Inspirers, Synergizers!


Here we go again.... Planning and plotting for an amazing October 2015. This year, as we have for the past 10 years ...  practitioners, educators, supporters and contributors will once again collaborate to increase civility in Colorado.Thank you for your 10 hours (and many more) in 2014. 


What will Coloradans learn from programs and outreach this fall?  Who will offer new approaches to problem solving?  When will individuals and communities reach the tipping point, accepting a new norm -- engaging in conflict, employing dispute resolution specialists and increasing personal skills?  I do wish that I had the answer to that one! 


Special thanks to people who are already stepping up to lead our campaign teams, making the campaign vibrant and promising.


Feel free to take advantage of a "free lunch" - February only.  Join us on February 4; everyone is welcome!  Details for ordering lunch are in this email. 


Thank you all for being the heart of the 2015 Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado campaign!With excitement for another October of activities created by a community of dedicated problem solving advocates!   


Through this bi-monthly newsletter, you can communicate your news to others in the conflict resolution community.  Submit articles to: And, when you are ready, let us know what you are planning for October - stories can be posted on Facebook or on our website at: 

- Mary Zinn
Next Meeting:
February 4th, 2015 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Conflict Center, 
4140 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211 

We are providing lunch from Subway for our first meeting of 2015!  Click the Order Now button to the left to place your order.  Please order no later than 5:00pm on Monday, February 2nd. 

The Conflict Resolution Month Synergizers are a group of individuals who come together each month to build the infrastructure that supports Conflict Resolution Month activities and to build awareness of Conflict Resolution Month overall. Meetings are open to anyone who has the passion and energy to commit to making Conflict Resolution Month a success!

Synergizer Meetings take place at 11:30am on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month at the Conflict Center. Please bring your own lunch if you wish. Snacks will be provided. 


Click here for the November Meeting Minutes 


Getting to Yes: Are We There Yet?

Resolution Processes, Education and Prevention in Summit


Breckenridge: Join our panel of respected community members as we explore the options for conflict resolution available in Summit County. Come listen to success stories demonstrating the power of dialogue, restorative justice, and mediation. Express your ideas, concerns and questions in an interactive forum with experts in the field.


The Coalition of Conflict Resolution Professionals in Summit County, in collaboration with the Colorado Mountain College Speaker Series, brings an opportunity to understand and participate in discussions with experienced professionals. Our panelists will speak about services provided through the judicial system, K-12 Schools, CMC campuses and programs to prevent domestic violence. Conflict resolution processes enable individuals, families, organization and communities to create need-based solutions that all parties involved agree upon. Panelists will include:

  • Sarah Alexander, Vice-President of the Keystone Center
  • Lourra Barthuly, Vice-President of Student Affairs
  • Amy Jackson, Executive Director of Advocates for Victims of Assault
  • Julie McCluskie, Director of Communications, Summit School District
  • Judge Terry Ruckriegle of the 5th Judicial District
Mark your calendars! The Panel is scheduled from 7-9 PM on Feb 12 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. The event will be held in the Eileen and Paul Finkle Auditorium and is free and open to the public. CMC in Breckenridge is located at 107 Denison Placer Road. Call Heidi Kunsek at 453-6757 ext. 2614 or go to for more information.
The Institute for the Common Good at Regis University is sponsoring Talking it Out: Getting to Agreement through January 30th. Please stop by the Dayton Memorial Library foyer and take a look! The Institute is hosting a reception and dialogue on Thursday, January 29th from 4:00-5:00 PM. If your schedule allows, please plan on joining us and the conversation!
Since 1997, Phoenix Strategies has been a leader in alternative dispute resolution services and training in Colorado.

Relationships are the heart of PSI's conflict management services and training. It is the core of everything we do as mediators and mediation trainers.  Whether you are looking for mediation services or looking to become a mediator, Phoenix Strategies has the services and training opportunities you seek.

Alternative dispute resolution is a rewarding and growing field! Approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Education, Private Occupational School Board, PSI offers a wide variety of classes in mediation and conflict management. Whether you have a personal interest, or are a professional looking to add to your skill set, or seeking a career change, we have the training you need.  

Looking to jump right in?
Check out our 40 hour Basic Mediation Training  available in both Colorado Springs and Denver.

Not sure yet? Register for our 2-hour "Interested in Becoming a Mediator?" seminar. See below for our February and March schedule of upcoming courses. Go to our website to register,

And as always, if you have any questions, we invite you to contact us at 719-266-8181 or We are here for you!

Feb 2-4 and Feb 9-10:  
40-Hour Basic Mediation Training

Feb 18-20th: Divorce Mediation


Feb 20-22 and Feb 28-Mar 1: 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training 


Feb 24-26: Conflict Coaching


Mar 7: Interested In Becoming A Mediator? Introductory Seminar


Mar 10: Elder Care Mediation


Mar 23: 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training

The mission of Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado
is to inspire the use of constructive problem solving in Colorado.