Training

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE ONLINE TRAININGS

Restorative Justice and Sexual Misconduct at Colleges/Universities
For people at colleges and universities interested in restorative paths to address sexual misconduct within the student population. Learn about the benefits and challenges of offering a restorative option, and beginning steps for institutions who want to build this process.
Monday, September 26, 2022, 10:00AM - 11:30AM CST 

Introduction to Restorative Conferencing: Facilitated Dialogue for Harms and Crimes
Provides a solid foundation for learning about restorative justice and victim offender conference facilitation for harming and harmed parties. This training is for aspiring facilitators, including volunteers, who can work with community-based or government agencies that provide restorative dialogue services for responsible and impacted parties. Attendees working in schools, social work settings, and faith communities can also benefit from this introduction.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 11:00AM - 12:00PM CST
Friday, January 13, 2023, 11:00AM - 12:00PM CST

Colorizing Restorative Justice: An Ongoing Discussion
An interactive workshop on calling out whiteness in RJ spaces, facilitated by Sheryl Wilson, one of the authors featured in the 2020 book, Colorizing Restorative Justice. How do People of Color (POC) survive in hyper-racialized White systems? How can White people check their fragility and develop the moral muscle to join the struggle for justice? This session provides a pathway to authentic, meaningful conversations about racism within the spaces of restorative work. 
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 10:00AM - 1:00PM CST

Deepening Your Restorative Dialogue Facilitation Practice
For restorative justice facilitators wanting to incorporate deep listening, silence, and non-directive approaches in hard but healing conversations. This interactive learning workshop is designed to help facilitators recognize what they bring to the process, and how such mindfulness can open up new horizons for harming and harmed parties to experience richer connections and outcomes. Vital to this is understanding the heart-zone of human conversations and learning how to help people not only hear others but to be heard by others.
Friday, November 4, 2022, 9:30AM - 2:00PM CST 
Thursday, March 16, 2023, 9:30AM - 2:00PM CST


Restorative Conference Facilitation Training
For aspiring facilitators working with either community-based or government agencies offering restorative dialogue services for responsible and impacted parties. Along with a solid introduction to restorative justice, interactive learning and role playing allows participants to learn and practice how to facilitate basic diversion or court-referred cases involving both youth and adult offenders, victimized parties, family members, and support people. Emphasis is on good preparation, and how in joint meetings the facilitators learn to get out of the way of empowered, heart-felt, party-to-party conversation.
Tuesday/Thursday, November 8, 10, 15, & 17, 9:30AM - 2:00PM CST

Wednesday/Friday, February 1, 3, 8, & 10, 9:30AM - 2:00PM CST

Strengths and Limits of Circles and Conferences
Learn not only the strengths and limits of circle and conference dialogue models, but also how to blend and sequence both models in a flexible process. While circles have a strength in the area of prevention and community building, comparisons between both models will emphasize intervention and peacemaking contexts. Participants in this workshop will gain stronger knowledge for shaping a multi-staged process that is well-tailored to a particular case or situation. Ultimately, strong programming promotes cross-training in both models from the very start.
Friday, December 2, 2022, 10:00AM - 1:00PM CST

How to Give an Apology: A Learning Lab
Apologizing is one element of being accountable for the harm we do. In this learning lab participants will learn and then practice the elements of a genuine apology through small group exercises and reflection. Practicing small apologies helps you build reliability and trust in your everyday relationships, instead of freezing, making excuses, or simply hoping a problem goes away. Participants will focus on apologies to people we care about, at the level of smaller hurts, misunderstandings, and breaches of trust.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 9:30AM - 12:30PM CST

Evaluation Tools for Restorative Dialogue Programs
Learn basic frameworks for gathering case-related data for RJ dialogue programs, and how to develop surveys for evaluating participant satisfaction. Understand how to evaluate participation rates and reparation agreement completion rates. This workshop will also cover the challenges of gathering and presenting meaningful recidivism data and how to evaluate facilitators and their experiences.
Friday, March 3, 2023, 9:30AM - 12:30PM CST

Decolonization and Restorative Justice
Understand colonization as an ongoing phenomena rooted in injustice and oppression for the pursuit of Indigenous lands. Using the child welfare system and social work as examples, participants will examine how Indigenous Nations continue to rely on our restorative and decolonial practices to heal from historical trauma and resist ongoing colonial violence to protect our future generations. 
Friday, April 7, 2023, 10:00AM - 12:00PM CST

PAST TRAININGS INCLUDE:

Restorative Lens: An Introductory Workshop on Peacebuilding Dialogue
Hate Crimes and Restorative Justice: Broadening the Menu of Services
Mindfulness, Deep Listening, and Stories: The Spiritual Core of Restorative Justice
Advanced Restorative Conference Facilitation Training