The Conflict Center

The Conflict Center's mission is to prevent physical, verbal, and emotional violence by partnering with individuals and communities to shift perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors through education and skill-building.

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School Program - Restorative Practices

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Teachers

Description

The goal of the School Program is create peaceful and productive school communities through the use of Restorative Practices in classrooms and as non-punitive disciplinary approaches. The School Program includes: Professional Development for Teachers, Reading for Peace, Playground Conflict Managers, Social Norming, Restorative Justice training and circle facilitation. School administrators may choose from a diverse menu of services to institute Restorative Practices Programs tailored to the meet the unique needs of their school. New program offerings include Assessment; Planning; Training; Mentoring; and Sustainability.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Schools experience dramatic reductions in classroom conflicts, suspensions, and expulsions, teachers are able to spend more time teaching and less time refereeing disputes, students take the initiative to solve their own conflicts using the skills they learn from TCC's School program

Violence Prevention Skill-building Classes for Youth and Adults

Class

General Code 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents

Description

This program area includes both youth and adult anger and conflict management classes, parenting classes for teens and adults, and day-long workshops for adults. TCC works with youth who have been identified by juvenile courts and schools as being at risk of delinquency due to high-risk behaviors, teaching Emotional Intelligence and Critical Decision Making (EICDM) skills for self-management. Court-referred and voluntary adult participants in Transforming Anger and Conflict into Allies (TACA) classes receive skill-building designed to strengthen conflict management and communication skills. Parents of all ages may participate in Smart Parenting classes. Both youth and adult classes enable participants to make positive and non-violent choices to reduce physical, verbal and emotional violence as a response to stress and conflict in school, family, and the workplace and prevent further involvement in the criminal or juvenile justice systems. Class series format is utilized to maximize multiple client contacts and increase the likelihood that participants will apply the skills they have learned in between each session and report back their challenges and successes. One-day workshops focused on Effectively Managing Conflict in the Workplace are also included in this program area. These workshops are offered on-site at TCC's facility and in partnership with host locations. Many of TCC's adult classes are taught in English and Spanish.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Statistically significant results on pre-post surveys indicating that youth and adults who take TCC's series classes learn and apply skills to deal with conflicts in a positive manner, improve communication skills, and build empathy.

Social Norming

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
General Public
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Social Norming is a strength-based approach that builds on assets that students already possess, such as positive internalized behaviors and beliefs. Social norming is a unique approach to violence prevention, because unlike many other prevention/intervention strategies that approach the problem on the individual and relationship levels, social norming works on the hard-to-reach community and society levels of the CDC's socio-ecological model. An initial baseline survey is taken to identify gaps between actual and perceived norms of acceptable behavior within a specific population. Using the survey results, a campaign is designed to educate students about the actual norms among their student body in order to create a "positive peer pressure." A follow-up survey is administered to determine rates of change in perceived norms and self-reported behavior based on those norms.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Documented shifts in perceived norms that indicate movement toward actual norms

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