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Posted on: September 27, 2016

Commissioners Proclaim October to be Conflict Resolution Month

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Summit County Commissioners encourage residents to utilize community resources to resolve conflicts in constructive ways

Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Board of Commissioners proclaimed October to be Conflict Resolution Month in Summit County Tuesday. 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.

“Handling conflict in constructive ways is really challenging for a lot of us,” Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “But there are all kinds of resources, tools and strategies available to help people work through conflicts in ways that result in positive outcomes for all involved.”

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 2016 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, juvenile diversion professionals, the Keystone Policy Center, Summit School District, law enforcement agencies, Summit County Library, the faith community, social services administrators and others.

The coalition has organized a number of events that will take place locally through the end of October. “See You in Court” will be held at the Summit County Justice Center, 501 N. Park Ave, Breckenridge, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, September 30. Legal-resources experts will provide information on courtroom procedures and mediation options. Contact Mary Perry at 970-547-2635 for more information.

The Next Page Books and Nosh, located at 409 Main St. in Frisco, will host a presentation and book signing by Myra Isenhart, Ph.D., co-author of “Forgiving Others, Forgiving Ourselves: Understanding & Healing Our Emotional Wounds,” the official book selection of 2016 Colorado Conflict Resolution Month. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. For more information, contact Lisa Holenko at

Isenhart will speak about her book to Women of the Summit from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Mt. Royal Room at the Summit County Commons, 37 Peak One Dr., Frisco. She will also lead a book discussion at 5 p.m. that evening in the Discovery Room at the Summit County South Branch Library, 103 S. Harris St., Breckenridge. For more information, or to order a $10 lunch for the Commons event, contact Monica Owens at

The Interfaith Alliance and the Conflict Resolution Coalition will hold a panel discussion on mental health needs and resources from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Buffalo Mountain Room at the Summit County Commons. Panelists, including local mental health and law enforcement professionals, will provide an overview of the state of behavioral health care services and resources in Summit County and discuss significant gaps. Psychologist Carol Gerard will moderate. For more information, contact Gerard at

“From a law enforcement perspective, the nexus between conflict resolution and mental health issues is substantial,” said Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons, a member of the Conflict Resolution Coalition who will speak on the panel. “Good mental health care can help provide people with supportive strategies to deal with conflict in more effective ways, reducing the chance that it will escalate to a point where law enforcement has to step in.”

The Fifth Judicial District Family Court will hold a free Rural Resource Day on Oct. 25 for couples and families in Summit and Eagle counties involved in domestic relations cases. Contact Family Court Facilitator Laurie Mactavish for event locations at

As a follow-up to Conflict Resolution Month, an exhibit titled “Talking It Out: Getting to Agreement” will be on display during November at the Summit County Justice Center and the Summit County Community and Senior Center. The exhibit illustrates stories of individuals and communities in Colorado who have resolved conflict constructively. For more information, visit, or email Karn Stiegelmeier at or Tom Marmins at

The Conflict Resolution Coalition is also promoting the following conflict-resolution conferences taking place outside of Summit County:
•Trauma and Trust: Peacebuilding in Ruptured Social Systems, presented by the University of Denver Conflict Resolution Institute. Oct. 12-15, University of Denver.
• Tenth Annual Colorado Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference, presented by the Colorado Bar Association CLE. Nov. 11, Renaissance Denver Downtown hotel.

For more information on Conflict Resolution Month, visit


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