Professional Development:
Facilitating Restorative Conferences

Restorative conferences allow those who have been most affected by an incident to come together 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.

Satisfy people's need to repair harm.

  • People who are harmed have a 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.
  • Those who have harmed have a chance to make amends and shed the “offender” label and break cycles of misbehavior and disruption.

Learn ways to respond effectively to serious incidents.

  • View and discuss videos of true stories that illustrate the emotional dynamics and healing potential of restorative conferences as compared to more punitive approaches.
  • Utilize interactive exercises to identify and prepare people involved in incidents using restorative questions and affective statements.
  • Practice and receive feedback facilitating scripted conferences to reintegrate people who have caused harm back into their community.

Restorative Justice ConferencingParticipants 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.


Cost per person
$420 USD / $420 CAD