Restorative justice is a response to harmful incidents that seeks the direct inclusion of all involved. The goal is to meaningfully address the harm and foster renewed relationships. Drawing on the work of Canada’s original restorative justice pioneers and best practices around the globe, this training will deliver the essential skills of convening harm-focused dialogue processes within community, organizational, and educational settings. This is a highly interactive workshop where participants will practice and gain confidence in facilitating a model of dialogue that is participant-driven, culturally sensitive, and empowering for all involved.

This special three-day training is offered in partnership with the Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives.

During this event, participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of the needs and experiences of people involved in harmful situations
  • Gain valuable new insights into the limitations of traditional punitive discipline
  • Build an understanding of restorative justice as a philosophy and mindset that can inform their everyday work with people
  • Develop skills in group facilitation and interpersonal problem solving
  • Learn and practice a flexible structure for restorative justice dialogue
  • Apply the principles of restorative justice to the situations that matter most at work
  • Through group discussion and reflection, get to know others with an interest in innovative approaches to discipline and justice

Target Audience

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

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
  • Describe the role of shame in perpetuating cycles of violence and abuse
  • 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 conferences
  • Facilitate face-to-face restorative justice conferences