Restoring Community

Develop the skills necessary to lead restorative conferences in order to repair harm.

Restorative conferences allow those who have been most affected by an incident to share their feelings, describe how they have been affected and develop a plan to repair the harm done and prevent recurrence. The process is useful for K-12 schools, criminal justice, higher education and workplaces.

Note: This event is now days three and four our Basic Restorative Practices event and can be applied toward graduate education!

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Event details

Restorative conferences help to satisfy people's need to repair harm. Those who have been harmed have the chance to tell those who harmed them how they have been affected. Those who caused the harm gain empathy and understanding — not only for those directly affected, but for others who were impacted by their actions such as family, friends and coworkers. Then those who have harmed have a chance to make amends and shed the “offender” label, ultimately breaking the cycles of misbehavior and disruption.

You will also learn about:
  • True stories that illustrate the emotional dynamics and healing potential of restorative conferences as compared to more punitive approaches.
  • Interactive exercises that help to identify who should be invited to a conference and how to prepare them for the conference.
  • Reintegrating people who have caused harm back into their community.

Even though this event does not have any prerequisites, we strongly recommend pairing it with the first two days of our Basic Restorative Practices, forming the full four day Basic Restorative Practices event. This allows attendees to construct a solid foundation of restorative practices fundamentals that they will then build upon during the Facilitating Restorative Conferences event. 

Participants receive Restorative Justice Conferencing: Real Justice and The Conferencing Handbook, two books in one volume: the official training manual that provides a step-by-step guide to setting up and conducting conferences and actual conference stories to show how conferencing works and how it can change the way our society responds to wrongdoing in schools, criminal justice, the workplace and elsewhere.

The two days run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.