Our Restorative Practices trainings are interactive, trauma-informed and tailored to the needs of those we train. Our goal is to create a network of trained practitioners who believe in Restorative Justice and use Restorative Practices to build and transform their own communities.
We start with the foundational theory and principles of Restorative Justice and then participants work with our trainers and coaches to develop their own circle-keeping skills, approach and voice. By the end of this training, participants have a solid understanding of the circle process and how it is used to build community and connection.
Building on Tier I, we focus on guiding participants through the steps of how to prepare for, facilitate, and follow-up from harm circles and restorative conferences. By the end of this training, participants know how to facilitate restorative circles/conferences, and they understand how Tier II practices fit into a broader restorative approach that includes both community-building and responding to harm.
Our practicum provides continued support and coaching for individuals who have received our Tier I or Tier II training. The practicum is an experiential workshop, conducted in a circle, that provides participants with an opportunity to hone their skills and receive individualized feedback from a Coach. For more info on training & practicums, contact Lynne Echenberg: LEchenberg@nypeace.org.
Our multi-week youth training combines Restorative Justice theory, Restorative Practices, and basic mediation skills using a curriculum we developed specifically for young people. Our training emphasizes hands-on experience with high levels of support. Participants develop social and emotional literacy and critical thinking and communication skills through role-play and practice. For more info about youth training, contact Kailani Capote: KCapote@nypeace.org.