A restorative justice approach works to repair harm and strengthen communities where wrong has occurred. It seeks to meet the needs of those harmed, while also considering the causes of the wrongful behaviour in order to promote accountability and growth for the one who caused harm. This highly experiential workshop utilizes a trauma-informed approach, and provides frameworks for identifying and responding to the needs of all those who were impacted by the wrong. Participants will be trained in the philosophy of restorative justice and will learn the foundational skills for facilitating encounters that lead to restorative outcomes.

Some of the Topics Included

  • Philosophy and Values of Restorative Justice
  • Trauma and Restorative Justice
  • Starting with a Needs-Based Approach
  • The Role of Accountability and Repair
  • Process Options
  • Assessing What Process to Use
  • How to Prepare People to Meet
  • Key Facilitation Approaches and Skills

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for anyone wishing to learn more about the principles of restorative justice and how to facilitate restorative encounters.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • List the principles of restorative justice as contrasted with retributive justice
  • Define common needs of those who have suffered, caused, and witnessed harm
  • Identify steps to apply a restorative justice framework to their own environment
  • Facilitate preparatory meetings for face-to-face encounters
  • Facilitate face-to-face restorative justice encounters