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October 28, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Details:
8:00 AM - Doors open to agencies, allowing for 1 hour to set up resource booths

9:00 AM - Doors open to the public, allowing for 1 hour to visit resource booths and enjoy complimentary refreshments

10:00 AM - Conflict Resolution Training

Greater Impact

Greater Metropolitan Church of Christ
3735 Wabash

Kansas City, MO 64109
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FREE Conflict Resolution Training

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Jackson County COMBAT and Center For Conflict Resolution Present Empowerment Through Understanding

» Register To Attend Right Now!

Are you looking for ways to bring more harmony into your life, whether it's at home, school, work, or within your community? Do you want to discover effective tools to navigate conflicts with grace and confidence? Look no further! We're thrilled to invite you to our two-hour-long Conflict Resolution Training and Resource Fair, an exciting event that's open to the public and completely free!

This event is a fantastic opportunity for individuals and families in Jackson County to learn essential conflict resolution skills while connecting with valuable community resources. Here's what you can expect:

Engaging Training

Our guest speakers will lead a dynamic training designed to equip you with practical conflict resolution techniques. Whether it's handling disagreements within your family, diffusing tensions in your workplace, or fostering peace in your community, we've got you covered.

Resource Fair

Connect with local organizations and service providers, who will be on hand to share information about the resources available in Jackson County. Discover valuable resources that can make a positive impact in your life!

If your COMBAT-funded agency can participate in the Resource Fair please contact:

Tammie Jordan · COMBAT Program Administrator

816-881-1413 ·

Space is limited and requests for a resource table are due Friday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m.

Complimentary Refreshments

We believe that learning should be both nourishing for the mind and the body. Enjoy a variety of complimentary refreshments-- including donuts, orange juice, and water-- while you mingle with fellow attendees.

We believe that everyone has the power to create a more peaceful and connected world. By attending this event, you'll not only enrich your own life but also contribute to a stronger, more harmonious community.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn, grow, and connect. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors along for a memorable and educational experience. Let's work together to make Jackson County a place where conflicts are resolved with understanding, empathy, and respect.

» Register To Attend Right Now!

Mark your calendar, spread the word, and be part of the positive change in Jackson County! We can't wait to see you there!


Contact Tammie Jordan, Program Administrator, Jackson County COMBAT
816-881-1413 ·


Annette Lantz-Simmons
Annette is the Executive Director of the Center for Conflict Resolution.  She came to the conflict resolution field in 2002 from the business sector.  Annette holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fresno Pacific University and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU).  Annette was named Alumni Peacebuilder of the Year for 2018 and became a certified trainer for the STAR program (Strategies in Trauma Awareness and Resilience) through the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU. Annette creates a work environment that supports relationships between clients, staff, volunteers, and board members to reflect the work CCR does in the community.

Debbie Bayless
Debbie has been a mediator with CCR since 2004 and Mediation Coordinator since August 2009. Debbie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Human Services, with minors in German Language and Psychology. Currently she works primarily with neighborhoods and several Restorative Justice court diversion programs. She completed her Master’s Degree in Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University in May 2018, which has expanded her skills and understanding as she helps people in families, neighborhoods and in the workplace work toward peaceful solutions to conflict. One of Debbie’s goals in the processes she facilitates is to help people uphold dignity for themselves and others to transform communication between differing opinions and perspectives. 

Larry Wilkins
Larry is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, the youngest of three children, and is the proud grandfather to two young grandchildren. Larry brings a facilitation background to his work at CCR, having been the Director of Leadership Development and a group facilitator for Brothers in Blue, a prison reentry program. Since joining the CCR team he has gained certificates in Restorative Justice, Circle Facilitation, Trauma Awareness and Resilience, and Restorative Discipline. Larry co-facilitates Re-Think Conflict classes—CCR’s new approach to anger management, as well as Neighborhood Accountability Board trainings. He is a gifted youth Conflict Resolution trainer in the schools and lives the principles of Restorative Justice in his work in the community.

Karen Slaughter
Karen was introduced to the Center for Conflict Resolution in 2017 when she participated in CCR’s Interpersonal Conflict Resolution and Mediation training and, later, in CCR's Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB) training. Before coming to work at CCR, Karen regularly volunteered as a community member for CCR’s Neighborhood Accountability Boards, and since joining the staff in 2019, she has begun to manage the NAB program. Karen also provides mediation services for CCR, which includes assisting with Landlord /Tenant cases at the Jackson County Court in Kansas City. Karen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science as well as an Associate Degree in Paralegal Technologies. She volunteers with the Key Coalition Neighborhood working to help people, families and neighborhoods. Karen is happiest when she's helping others realize their dreams.

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