RESTORATIVE PRACTICES TRAINING
Restorative Practice recognises that the ability to manage relationships is central to lifelong learning and success. The Socratic Method (asking questions) encourages self-reflection, creates the space to be heard and challenges negative behavior in the context of its impact on others. This process cultivates the capacity to build and maintain significant relationships.
The International Institute for Restorative Practice professional development imparts practical knowledge and skills that you can use immediately in your personal and professional life — whether you are involved in education, criminal justice, social services, counselling, leadership, volunteer or other work.
Supported by extensive research, restorative practices has demonstrated positive outcomes in a wide variety of settings. We’ve consistently seen better behaviour and decreased bullying and violence in schools, improved workplace morale, reduced recidivism in juvenile and criminal justice and enhanced family engagement in social services.
Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively (Day 1-2)
The first half of this event explores practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues, which can be implemented immediately.
On day one, 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.
Day two teaches how to hold group discussions in a circle to facilitate meaningful conversation and encourages full participation from everyone involved. Through video, practice and discussion, participants identify reliable methods for using circles to build community, establish norms and address behavior and relationships. Useful in any setting from education and other human services to organizational management.
Facilitating Restorative Conferences (Day 3-4)
On days three and four, participants will explore in depth a formal restorative justice process for addressing harm and wrongdoing. Through instructional videos and in-depth experiential activities, you will learn how to facilitate a restorative conference, 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 incidents where harm has occurred and fosters more positive outcomes than mere punishment in education, criminal justice, youth work, organizational and other settings.