Training | Consultation

Special note: Due to COVID-19, all training formats have been adapted to online platforms. Please contact us to explore options for hosting training opportunities via our revised online format.

Training helps participants get a strong sense of RJ principles and the essential skills to facilitate RJ dialogues. Our trainers offer introductory and intensive training for K-12 schools, universities, and communities. training with empty chairs

Online Workshops: 

Effective Interventions for Problematic Sexual Behavior

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When students engage in problematic sexual behavior, it can be challenging to identify and incorporate interventions, including supportive measures, sanctions, and other remedies, with demonstrated efficacy. Options exist, nevertheless, and those on campus responsible for working with these students, including RJ practitioners and others who facilitate informal (or adaptable) resolution processes, can enhance their effectiveness and reduce the risk of future harmful behavior by grounding their work in research-informed approaches and evidence-based practices for managing problematic sexual behavior.

(1) During the first half of the presentation, the presenters will share information about what is known about effective interventions for problematic sexual behavior, including the importance of linking interventions to assessment regarding known risk and protective factors.

(2) In the second half, the presenters will share three different approaches for working with these students who have committed sexual harm following an acceptance or finding of responsibility. This portion will include an (a) overview of a federally-funded project to provide assessment, treatment, and psychoeducation for responsible students, (b) a campus-based educational program for respondents, and (c) an example of how to utilize local providers with specialized expertise. Led by experienced practitioners and researchers.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PST

3-Minute Training Video



 

Expectation & Evaluation

"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

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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

Campus RJ Across Student Affairs--Online

Training Description

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. This training is also customized as requested, such as for medical schools, community colleges, etc.

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.

 

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 CAMPUS RJ FOR BIAS INCIDENTS AND HISTORICAL HARM (THREE DAYS)

This training is equivalent to our 3-day training, Campus RJ Facilitator Training, but focuses each example and experiential learning activity on issues of bias and historical harm. This training develops facilitation skills for community building, addressing campus climate concerns, and bias incidents.

TRAINING IN RESTORATIVE APPROACHES TO CAMPUS SEXUAL HARM

This training is generally offered by request and can be tailored to the specific needs of the group, including the number of days. Content includes: a general review of a restorative approach to sexual harm; policy implications and examples; range of restorative options, and facilitator skill building for restorative approaches to sexual misconduct cases. 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. Additional training days will be needed if the group is new to restorative justice.

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.