Our cornerstone event provides a thorough introduction to restorative practice concepts. Through facilitated discussion, video, and interactive exercises, you will learn practical skills to create dynamic circles that engage individuals in a variety of settings. These processes help to proactively and positively build, maintain and strengthen existing relationships, thereby building social capital. You will also practice facilitating more formal restorative methods that bring together larger communities of care and support, particularly when working reactively to repair harm and re-build broken relationships.
Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues. Interactive experiences bring you to a full understanding of the fundamental unifying premise of restorative practices – that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them.
Circles facilitate conversation and encourage full participation, but there are optimal ways to utilise this process that promote truly meaningful communication. Through video, practice and discussion, participants identify reliable methods for using circles to build community, establish norms and address behaviour and relationships. Useful in any setting from education and other human services to organisational management.
Day 3: Facilitating Restorative Conferences (awareness)
Instructional videos and in-depth experiential activities bring awareness of restorative conferences, in which everyone impacted by wrongdoing can share how they have been affected and have a say in how to repair the harm. This formal circle is used to address negative incidents and fosters more positive outcomes than mere punishment, in education, criminal justice, youth work, organisational and other settings.
Day 4: Family Engagement & Empowerment
Learn to engage and empower families through strategies that help families develop solutions to their own problems. Participants will learn how to enlist the collective strengths of families and their communities of care to work together in support of those they love. Because families understand their own issues better than anyone else, these strategies provide more effective outcomes for anyone who works with them, including social workers, educators, probation or corrections officers, clergy and others.