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Transformative Conflict: A Trauma-Informed Approach (Nov 17 & 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

STARS Credits: 4

Transformative Conflict: A Trauma-Informed Approach to De-escalation, Healing, & Accountability    

Conflict can be an opportunity to heal relationships and grow into our best selves, and yet much of our society is rooted in punitive approaches to conflict that leave few possibilities for authentic accountability and healing. Even as many youth-serving organizations seek to adopt trauma-informed practices, they often unintentionally continue to perpetuate shame, blame, and punishment through their conflict practices. Transformative approaches to conflict seek to deepen our capacity to understand the needs that are drive conflicts and to develop responses that speak to those needs while offering opportunities for meaningful repair.

With transformative practices, you can build your skills to approach conflict directly and humanely, while deepening relationships and finding freedom from the incredible drain that unhealthy conflict causes our communities. Shifting your individual and organizational understandings of conflict can open up the space that youth need to interrupt and mend cycles of violence.  

This training will give youth workers techniques for fostering de-escalation, while deepening your understandings of the root causes of challenging behaviors. You’ll practice shifting from reactive responses, often rooted in your own histories of trauma, oppression, and privilege, to centered responses that make room for the unique experiences and needs of the youth in front of you. You’ll reflect on how to shift the practices of your programs away from punitive approaches and towards the individual and collective possibilities of conflict transformation.

Participants will:

  1. Explore healing-centered approaches to conflict that are rooted in restorative and transformative justice
  2. Understand how domination-based binaries of right/wrong, good kids/bad kids, and victim/perpetrator recreate cycles of violence and oppression
  3. Build skills in trauma-informed approaches to conflict by distinguishing practices of accountability from those of punishment
  4. Increase understanding of the needs beneath challenging behavior and how to move from reactions of judgment and blame towards empathic, strengths-based responses
  5. Explore how to embody a centered and centering presence that can hold boundaries and de-escalate difficult situations


About the Instructor

Most SOWA workshops and webinars are STARS approved. Classes fill quickly and registrations are processed in the order received. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have a question regarding:

    • Workshops in Spokane County, contact Benjamin Baird at bbaird [at]

    • Workshops in King County, contact Janell Jordan at jjordan [at]

    • Best Starts for Kids workshops or meetings, contact Lex Gavin at lgavin [at]

    • Workshops in Pierce County, contact Ka'ohe Wong at kwong [at]

    • OSPI - 21st Century Community Learning Center workshops, contact Lindy Ah Sam at lahsam [at]

    • General Community Workshops or STARS Credit for Licensed Child Care Providers, contact Nerrisah Townsend at ntownsend [at]

    • For all other inquiries regarding trainings or workshops, contact Sheely Mauck at smauck [at] or call the Seattle main office number at 206.323.2396

SOWA reserves the right to cancel any training event two business days prior to the event. In case of cancellation, registrants will be notified and registration fees refunded. If you cannot attend a training event, we will refund your registration fees only if we are contacted at least two business days prior to the event. Otherwise, no refunds will be given.