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Summit County Government

Posted on: September 25, 2018

Commissioners Proclaim October to be Conflict Resolution Month

Conflict Resolution Month 2018

BOCC encourages residents to utilize community resources to resolve conflicts in constructive ways

Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier: 970-471-2298

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Board of Commissioners proclaimed October 2018 to be Conflict Resolution Month in Summit County. In doing so, the BOCC joins with individuals and organizations across Summit County and the State of Colorado committed to productive and nonviolent strategies for dealing with conflict, dispute and disagreement.

“We have a great lineup of events that highlight a variety resources, tools and strategies available to help people work through conflicts in ways that result in positive outcomes for all involved," Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. "Everyone can relate to the impact of good and bad apologies in this year’s book, 'Why Won’t You Apologize?'"

Conflict Resolution Month is a statewide initiative that builds awareness of practices such as arbitration, mediation, restorative justice and non-violent communication, helping Coloradans deal constructively with conflict. Gov. John Hickenlooper recently issued a statewide proclamation declaring October 2018 as Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado. Locally, a diverse coalition of organizations has come together to advance conflict resolution.

The Conflict Resolution Coalition of Summit County was organized in September 2014 to expand awareness of conflict resolution programs and services in the area. The coalition has more than 40 members, including attorneys, educators, mediators, organizational development practitioners, Summit School District, CMC, law enforcement agencies, Summit County Library, the faith community, social services administrators, the Keystone Policy Center and others.

The coalition has organized a number of events that will take place locally through the end of October:

5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25: Author Helen Thorpe will sign copies of her new book, "The Newcomers." At 6 p.m., with Summit High School students, Thorpe will make a presentation on the conflicts faced by refugee students. The book is available at The Next Page Books and Nosh, 409 Main St., Frisco.

1:30-4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2:  “Why Won’t You Apologize?” is a skills seminar that covers the difficulty of giving and receiving apologies and coping with the issues involved. The seminar is based on the 2018 Colorado Conflict Resolution book, by Harriet Lerner. The event will take place in the Hoosier Room, Summit County Community & Senior Center, 0083 Nancy's Pl., Frisco. For more information, contact

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25: Rural Resource and Legal Resource Day will take place at the Summit County Justice Center, 501 N. Park Ave., Breckenridge. A class, "Parenting Through Separation and Divorce," will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in English and Spanish. Interpreters are available.  Mediation for domestic cases will be held in the afternoon. For more information, contact

4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29: “Resilience for Mediators Through Neuroscience” will take place in the Buffalo Mountain Room, Summit County Commons, 0037 Peak One Dr., Frisco. This seminar will be delivered by Michelle Sylvain, MBA, JD, and Jill Squyres, Ph.D. This training on the neuroscience of stress and trauma will help attendees better understand what happens in the human brain, the body and their emotions during high-conflict situations while serving as a caregiver. The seminar will demonstrate how to use trauma-informed tools in a way that facilitates taking care of one's self while caring for a client. Interested attendees must reserve a seat by emailing Continuing legal education credits are pending.

Throughout the month of October:

•    Dialogue panels will be displayed at the Summit County Justice Center, 501 N. Park Ave., Breckenridge, and the Breckenridge Recreation Center, 880 Airport Rd., Breckenridge.

•    Resources for conflict management will be available at the Summit County North Branch Library, 651 Center Cir., Silverthorne.

•    Resources for teens in conflict will be on display at the Summit County Teen Center, Summit County Commons, 0037 Peak One Dr., Frisco.

For more information on the Summit Conflict Resolution Coalition, email or For more information on Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado, visit


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