Training

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE ONLINE TRAININGS

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022


October 14 (Thursday), 12:00-4:30 PM CST
Restorative Lens: An Introductory Workshop on Peacebuilding Dialogue

This workshop is an introduction to the values and practices of restorative justice, along with an overview of a facilitator's role and skill-set. Participants will learn about circle and conference dialogue models for situations of harm, and how they can be adapted to family, workplace, school, community, and criminal justice settings. This interactive workshop will include breakout sessions to practice restorative skills.
Trainers: Emily Gaarder, Ceema Samimi, & Jake Otis; Cost: $120 standard, $60 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 22 and closes October 11, 2021.

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October 15 (Friday), 12:00-1:00 PM 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.
Trainer: Ted Lewis; Cost: $10 
Registration is unlimited and closes October 12, 2021. 

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October 28 (Thursday), 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM 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.
Trainer: Ted Lewis; Cost $120 standard, $60 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 24 and closes October 25, 2021.

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November 2 (Tuesday), 10:00 - 11:30 AM CST
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.
Trainers: Emily Gaarder, Katie Jackson, and Brenna Hucka; Cost: $25 standard, $10 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 20 and closes October 30, 2021

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November 9, 11, 16, 18 (Tuesdays / Thursdays),  9:30 AM - 2:00 PM 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.
Trainer: Ted Lewis; Cost: $400 standard, $200 student; Scholarships are available--apply here.
Registration is limited to 20 and closes November 6, 2021.

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November 10 (Wednesday), 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM CST
Hate Crimes and Restorative Justice: Broadening the Menu of Services

This training is for justice workers, school staff, human rights workers, and community members interested in building restorative responses to hate crimes. It explores the nature of hate crimes and how restorative dialogue processes are well-suited to deal with the challenges affecting victimized and offending parties and impacted communities. The centuries-old reality of hate crimes and white supremacy in America against indigenous communities and communities of color, long before the term "hate crime" arose, will be related to the more recent rise in hate language and crimes. Case narratives of restorative responses to hate crime will be featured, along with potential benefits and risks of such an approach.
Trainers: Ted Lewis and Mark Umbreit; Cost: $120 standard, $60 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 30 and closes on November 7, 2021.

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December 10 (Friday), 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 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.
Trainers: Ted Lewis and Joel Friesz; Cost: $100 standard, $50 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 20 and closes December 7, 2021.

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January 21 (Friday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM 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.
Trainer: Ted Lewis; Cost: $10
Registration is unlimited and closes January 18, 2022.

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January 28 (Friday), 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 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.
Trainers: Emily Gaarder and E Ornelas; Cost: $70 standard, $25 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 26 and closes January 25, 2022.

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February 2, 4, 9,  & 11 (Wednesdays / Fridays), 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM 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.
Trainer: Ted Lewis; Cost: $400 Standard, $200 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 20 and closes January 30, 2022.

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March 2 & 4  (Wednesday / Friday), 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM CST
Advanced Restorative Conference Facilitation Training

Geared for previous attenders of any 16-hour RJ conference training OR participants with over 4 years of RJ conference facilitation experience with harming and harmed parties. This training provides a space for previous trainees to share stories of positive experiences as well as difficult challenges. Discussion will reinforce learnings (related to the Deepening Your Practice workshop), and also provide specific responses to hard situations to navigate. One major role play will also be included in this training. Breakout groups will be used often.
Trainer: Ted Lewis; Cost: $200 standard, $100 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 20 and closes February 27, 2022.

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March 23 (Wednesday), 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM 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.
Trainer: Ted Lewis; Cost $120 standard, $60 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 24 and closes on March 20, 2021.

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April 7 & 14 (Thursdays), 1:00 - 4:00 PM CST
Mindfulness, Deep Listening, and Stories: The Spiritual Core of Restorative Justice

This experiential workshop focuses on restorative justice dialogue through a mindfulness-based approach. The workshop is about the art of being fully present with those we are with, through deep listening and frequent silence, so that their strength, resilience, and wisdom can emerge. It is a more advanced training for those who are already helping people untangle conflict, or facilitating some form of restorative dialogue.
Trainer: Mark Umbreit; Cost $200 standard, $100 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 24 and closes April 4, 2022.

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April 19, 21, 26, & 28 (Tuesdays / Thursdays), 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM 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.
Trainer: Ted Lewis, Cost: $400 standard, $200 student; Scholarships are available--apply here
Registration is limited to 20 and closes April 16, 2022.

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