Humphrey International Project

Peacebuilding Education for Humphrey Fellows

Peacebuilding Through Dialogue: From Conflict Management to Healing in Workplaces, Communities & Nations

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  • Interactive learning and role playing
  • Skill-building for facilitating conflict resolution
  • Emphasis on mindfulness and centeredness
  • Applicable to small and large conflicts
  • Led by Dr. Mark Umbreit, creator of the training

Since 2010, the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking has led this work shop annually, serving over 150 Humphrey Fellows representing over 25 non-Western countries around the globe. A recent commitment is to support and serve Humphrey Fellow alumni by providing supplemental resources that can further the spread of conflict resolution and healing work in the respective countries to which Humphrey Fellows have returned.

View this 4-minute video about the Peacebuilders Workshop.


Learning Resources for Humphrey Alumni 

Primary Resources for the Peacebuilders Workshop

  1.  Pre-Workshop Reading Packet (PDF)
  2.  Complete Workshop Manual (PDF)

An Overview of Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue Models

These resources cover all of the basic principles and practices of restorative dialogue work that can be adapted for many different kinds of conflicts and harm situations. 

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  1.  Restorative Justice Basics and Restorative Dialogue (PDF)
  2. "Introduction to Restorative Justice: Mark Umbreit" (video)
  3.  Restorative Justice Overview (PDF)
  4. Keynote Address by Dr. Umbreit at International Conference on Restorative Justice in Istanbul, Turkey (video)

Essential Skills for Facilitating Restorative Conferences and Circles

These resources cover basic skills for guiding a dialogue process, starting with preparation methods, general outlines and communication skills that help people who are blocked with negative emotions.

  1.  The Facilitator’s Role in Restorative Justice Dialogue by Mark Umbreit and Marilyn Peterson Amour (PDF)
  2. "A Humanistic Approach to Mediation and Dialogue" by Mark Umbreit (video)
  3. "Advice for Circle Facilitators" by Janine Geske (video)
  4.  Basic Outlines for Structuring Conferences and Circles (PDF)
  5.  Restorative Justice Dialogue: Key Ethical Standards (PDF)
  6.  Restorative Dialogue: A Transformative Journey of Peacemaking by Mark Umbreit (PDF)

Being with the Energy of Conflict and Drawing Strength From Within

These resources cover the role of mindfulness and personal centeredness when facilitators help others affected by deep conflict and hurt. It builds upon the same themes emphasized in the training, starting with the power of one’s healing presence. 

  1.  Dancing With The Energy of Conflict by Mark Umbreit (PDF)
  2.  Peacemaking and Spirituality: A Journey of Healing and Strength by Mark Umbreit (PDF)
  3. Being with the Energy of Love and Forgiveness (video)
  4. Visit our new Energy of Conflict webpage with a full set of resources

Inspiring Stories of Healing and Resolution Through Dialogue

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  1.  A Community Response to a 9/11 Hate Crime (PDF)
  2.  A Victim of a Murdered Family Member Meets with the Offender (PDF)
  3. “The Healing Circle” on clergy sexual abuse (video)
  4.  Palestinian Offenders Meet Israeli Victim (PDF)
  5. View Pre-Workshop Reading Packet (above) for more case narratives (PDF)

Videos of International Peacebuilding Efforts and Initiatives

  1. "Building Bridges of Understanding: Dialogue Between Israelis and Palestinians" (video)
  2. "The Imam and the Pastor"—Nigerian peacemaking (video)
  3. "The Story of Somali Women Peacemakers" by John Paul Lederac, Part A, Part B (video)
  4. “Parents Circle-Family Forum”—Palestinian and Israeli bereaved families building peace (video)

Additional Videos on Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Dialogue

  1. Six DVDs on Restorative Justice Dialogue and Mediation
  2. "Restorative Justice: Repairing the Harm" (video)
  3. Restorative Dialogue for a Workplace Conflict (video)
  4. View all of Mark Umbreit's recent videos on restorative justice (video webpage)

Links to International Websites on Restorative Justice:

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We want to serve you well

If you are a Humphrey Fellow who took the five-day Peacebuilding Training, and you would like to find ways to apply your learning when you return to your country, we hope you will stay in contact with us. From time to time, we will be posting new resources on our website that can support your ongoing education as a peacebuilder.

Let us know if…

  • You plan to lead a similar training for people in your area
  • You facilitate an actual resolution process or circle
  • You need a specific new resource to help you train or facilitate
  • You have an inspiring story to share with us (and we can then share it with a broader audience)

In brief, let us know if we can serve you better after you leave Minnesota. If you would like to receive periodic emails from us, let us know.

Our email is [email protected]

Ted Lewis