Trainings offered by CRJP

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.