Training/Consultation

SEE THE HOMEPAGE FOR UPCOMING TRAININGS AND EVENTS.

Training is a lot of fun. It is also necessary to get a strong sense of RJ principles and the essential skills to facilitate RJ dialogues. Lead trainer, Duke Fisher, and our other trainers offer introductory and intensive trainings for K-12 schools, universities, and communities.
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"As trainers, we use film clips and storytelling to assist the group to understand that RJ is a process designed to problem-solve rather than punish. They must experience a shift in their ideas of accountability, fairness and justice. To do this, we put them in simulation as early as possible. We teach participants how to convene a restorative conference or circle. Training groups learn that with a good understanding of RJ philosophy and strong facilitation skills, complex situations can be made manageable and transformed to opportunities of personal growth and community healing." -Duke Fisher, Lead Trainer

 

TRAINING AND CONSULTING OPTIONS

Although we typically customize our trainings to best meet the needs of our hosts, below is a list of trainings and consultations we commonly offer. 

CAMPUS RJ: COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

INTRODUCTION TO CAMPUS RJ (ONE DAY)

This training provides a survey of the variety of restorative applications in higher education. Topics include:

  • Theory of RJ, evidence of effectiveness, and strategies of implementation
  • Case studies of restorative applications in student conduct administration, community building in residential life, athletics, Greek life, and student organizations, and restorative approaches to improving campus climate (including bias incidents and rape culture.
  • Overview of restorative practices including restorative mentoring (one-on-one conversations), conferences, and circles.

CAMPUS RJ ACROSS STUDENT AFFAIRS (THREE DAYS)

Our most popular training. This training provides an intensive overview of conferencing and circle practice. It provides a solid introduction to all three tiers of practice listed below.

TIER I: RESTORATIVE CIRCLES FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING AND IMPROVING CAMPUS CLIMATE (TWO DAYS)

This training introduces restorative circle practices to improve campus culture and build relationships in residential life, athletics, and student organizations. How to use circles in response to charged campus incidents in order to provide inclusive dialogue, healing, accountability, and action plans.

  • Philosophy and history of restorative circles
  • Intensive facilitator skill-building through experiential learning and case study
  • Precircle preparation/assessment/referral and post-circle follow-through on action plans
  • Evidence of effectiveness and strategies of implementation

TIER II: RESTORATIVE CONFERENCES FOR CONDUCT VIOLATIONS (TWO DAYS)

This training focuses on restorative approaches to conduct violations from “bread-and-butter” noise or alcohol violations to academic dishonesty to serious incidents that may also include criminal charges.

  • Philosophy and history of restorative conferencing
  • Intensive facilitator skill-building through experiential learning and case study
  • Preconference preparation/assessment/referral and post-conference mentoring for compliance
  • Evidence of effectiveness and strategies of implementation

TIER III: RESTORATIVE CIRCLES FOR EFFECTIVE REINTEGRATION AFTER SEPARATION (TWO DAYS)

This training introduces restorative circle practices to successfully reintegrate campus community members after periods of separation. Reintegation circles provide reassurance to the campus community by emphasizing both social support and accountability. The primary focus will be on student return after suspension, but other applications will be address such as return from short or long-term medical leave and faculty/staff reintegration after disciplinary sanctioning. 

  • Philosophy and history of restorative circles
  • Intensive facilitator skill-building through experiential learning and case study
  • Precircle preparation/assessment/referral and post-circle follow-through on action plans
  • Evidence of effectiveness and strategies of implementation

TRAINING IN RESTORATIVE CONFERENCING FOR CASES OF CAMPUS SEXUAL HARM (TWO DAYS)

In this training, we will review a restorative approach to sexual harm, practice a customized process for facilitating RJ conferences that is trauma-informed, and consider practical information about program implementation. Open to student affairs administrators, faculty, and staff implementing restorative justice for Title IX violations on their campuses. This is a training designed for practitioners who have experience with RJ and will be implementing a restorative response to Title IX cases.

CAMPUS RJ CONSULTATION

We provide facilitation support to campus RJ practitioners. This may include RJ process design, facilitation for complex cases, or co-facilitation and debriefing with new facilitators. 

We also provide implementation support through program design, coaching, site visits, policy review, and assessment.

RJ FOR K-12 EDUCATORS

INTRODUCTION TO K-12 RJ (ONE DAY)

This training provides a survey of the variety of restorative applications in schools. Topics include:

  • Theory of RJ, evidence of effectiveness, and strategies of implementation
  • Case studies of restorative applications in student conduct administration, community building for classroom teachers, coaches, and counselors.
  • Overview of restorative practices, including restorative mentoring (one-on-one conversations), conferences, and circles.

RESTORATIVE CONFERENCES FOR CONDUCT VIOLATIONS (TWO DAYS)

This training focuses on restorative approaches to conduct violations that warrant a “trip to the principal’s office.”

  • Philosophy and history of restorative conferencing
  • Intensive facilitator skill-building through experiential learning and case study
  • Preconference preparation/assessment/referral and post-conference mentoring for compliance
  • Evidence of effectiveness and strategies of implementation
  • Restorative approaches to working with parents, customizing for different grade levels, and attending students with special needs or with social/economic disadvantages.

RESTORATIVE CIRCLES FOR TEACHERS (TWO DAYS)

This training introduces restorative circle practices to improve classroom culture for learning and build relationships on teams and in clubs.

  • Philosophy and history of restorative circles
  • Intensive facilitator skill-building through experiential learning and case study
  • Precircle preparation/assessment/referral and post-circle follow-through on action plans
  • Evidence of effectiveness and strategies of implementation

K-12 RJ CONSULTATION

We provide facilitation support to K-12 RJ practitioners. This may include RJ process design, facilitation for complex cases, or co-facilitation and debriefing with new facilitators. 

We also provide implementation support through program design, coaching, site visits, policy review, and assessment.