PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Conflict Solutions Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jammie Stone-Stevens and Esther Cortez

Conflict Solutions Center (CSC) has recently welcomed Jammie Stone-Stevens to its team as Programs Coordinator.
Jammie received her BA in psychology from Brandman University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a license in Professional Clinical Counseling. Stevens believes that with the right tools “growth can be a significant result of conflict” and embraces the concept that conflict ultimately builds deeper relationships. Steven’s maintains that regardless of a person’s situation, everyone deserves respect because “anyone in conflict has her own personal story.” There is a dire need for awareness that behavior of individuals in conflict is often the result of “needs not being met.” Jammie’s deep desire to transform the energy of conflict into personal growth will surely transform the lives of many in the Santa Barbara community.
Esther Cortez, a recent Criminal Justice graduate of Cal State Northridge, has been appointed as CSC’s new Restorative Justice Program Coordinator. Cortez enthusiastically shared “I have a passion for working with juvenile offenders and guiding them toward a future out of the criminal justice system.” Born and raised in Santa Maria, Esther has an acute awareness of the complexities of conflict from first hand experience, “I had many friends that came from challenging realities and gang lifestyles…I knew there was a need for change in my community and knew there was more that could be done for youth.”  Prior to joining CSC, Esther mentored juvenile offenders, offering skills such as goal setting. The internship “was a life changing experience and reassurance me that this is the population I want to work with.”

There is no doubt that with these two women as part of the Santa Barbara Conflict Solutions Center’s team, CSC’s mission of building community is one step closer to becoming a reality, “one peace at a time!”

About Mediation
Mediation is a facilitated, constructive negotiation process for resolving differences and conflicts between individuals, groups and organizations. It is an alternative to avoidance, destructive confrontation, and prolonged litigation or violence. It gives people in conflict an opportunity to take responsibility for the resolution of their dispute and control of the outcome. Community mediation is designed to meet individual interests while strengthening relationships and building connections between people and groups, and to create processes that make communities work for all of us.

In mediation, the decision-making authority rests with the parties themselves. Recognizing variations in styles and cultural differences, the role of the mediator(s) involve assisting the disputants in defining and clarifying issues, reducing obstacles to communication, exploring possible solutions, and reaching a mutually satisfactory agreement. Mediation presents the opportunity to constructively express differences and to “hear each other out” even when an agreement is not reached.

About Restorative Justice
Restorative Justice is a community-based approach to addressing crime, the effects of crime, and the prevention of crime, emphasizing the attempt to repair harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior. A Restorative Justice process operates from a belief that the path to justice lies in problem solving and healing through reconciliation with victims and the community at large, rather than punitive isolation.

About Conflict Solutions Center
Founded in 1989, Conflict Solutions Center is a community-based non-profit organization committed to the development of non-adversarial responses to conflict and differences that strengthen social harmony and support individual healing. The organization serves the communities of Santa Barbara County by providing compassionate communication, appropriate dispute resolution and problem solving practices, Restorative Justice, consultation, training, and mediation services.

Community Building – Once Peace at a Time


Julia L. Kanner
Communications Intern
1530 Castillo Street
Suite C
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-6765

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