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March 2021

Introduction to Restorative Practice: Implementing the Basic Principles 101

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm MST
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

Introductory training designed to provide a baseline understanding of the pillars of RP, fundamental practitioner skills and insight on why it is needed to help transform school and community culture.

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201: Implementing Restorative Circles

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm MDT
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

With an emphasis on prevention and the development of RP language, we'll learn to use restorative practices skills to develop collaborative norms, learn how and why to run proactive circles, how to use affective statements & reframing and how to address conflict in the moment.

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301: Sustaining a Restorative Culture

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm MDT
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

Focusing on the intervention aspect of restorative practices, especially when conflict arises, we'll practice the skills required to address situations using an intentional facilitation process. This training is primarily focused on Formal Conferencing/Formal Circles.

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What is the Restorative Justice process?

The model of restorative justice used by Restorative Denver involves bringing together the person who was harmed (victim), the person who caused harm (defendant), and community members in a facilitated community group conference to discuss what happened, what harm was caused by the crime, and how the person who caused harm can take accountability and repair the harm caused. Restorative justice focuses not on punishment, but on making things right and reintegrating the person who caused harm back into the community with the skills and awareness to make better decisions in the future.

In this age-old process, adapted for use in modern times, people who were harmed have a voice concerning their needs and the impact the crime has had on them. They may move toward healing and forgiveness. The community feels empowerment over their own disputes. The person who caused harm has an opportunity to feel the impact of their behavior and become truly accountable for making it right. Together, through a facilitated process, the people who were harmed, the people who caused harm and representatives from the community create a plan that is restorative in nature, achievable, relevant and fair.

Restorative justice participants report increased victim satisfaction for restorative justice participants. Additionally, when Restorative Justice is offered as an alternative to the traditional justice system, there is a demonstrated reduced demand on municipal courts and probation services for cases that are successfully managed through restorative justice and an increase in participation of citizens in the criminal justice process.

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