Source: (2002) In, John G. Perry, ed. Repairing Communities Through Restorative Justice. Lanham, MD : American Correctional Association. Pp. 123-139.

"Community conferencing is a process for transforming conflict. A community conference assists a community of people to experience a collective emotional transition. Together, they move from the negative emotions associated with conflict to the positive emotions associated with cooperation. "This chapter provides a case study that illustrates this transition from conflict to cooperation. We begin by examining how conflict transformation differs from other approaches to conflict. Conflict transformation is the appropriate class of response in cases where the negative feelings associated with general conflict are far more significant to those affected than are the facts of any particular dispute." (excerpt)