True Dialogue

Honouring Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Specialized Training & Facilitation Services

Family Group Conference Training

(Family Group Decision-Making)

Circles by virtue of its construct, offer a culturally competent approach families & professionals appreciate.  A smaller talking circle is useful during assessment  to determine risk, safety concerns, behavioural challenges, and reach common understandings on how to move forward.  Circles are rooted within Indigenous worldview, and can be applied in any setting to build trust and understanding.  When a child, youth, family, student, client, is open to receiving help from formal services, representatives such as Caseworkers, Probation/Correctional/Peace Officers, Counsellors and Educators can facilitate Circles "Family Support Meetings”.  Taking a collaborative problem-solving approach negates the need to take coercive measures.  In circumstances where students, clients, members are uncooperative or distrustful of formal services, using a community facilitator (3rd party) offers an appropriate option.   

A family group conference is an inclusive process where everyone, including disconnected relatives & kin-like family, are invited to develop a safety, permanency or support plan for the benefit of a child at risk/involved with Child Intervention Services.   Understanding Historic Trauma & how facilitators can incorporate a circle process for Indigenous families and other marginalized populations to begin a process of recovery and stop the cycle of violence is a central feature. Training offers real work setting role plays, and the opportunity for candidates to be supported in the design and facilitation of a Talking Circle or Family Group Conference.  

True Dialogue Certificate 3-5 Day Training - is designed in response to an agency's specific learning outcomes.  Facilitation skills development, consultation and coaching support, and train the trainer to build capacity.

Facilitating Restorative Justice Conferences

2 Day International Institute for Restorative Practices Certificate Training

Learn how to facilitate restorative conferences for youth involved in the criminal justice system and school based conflicts — structured meetings that bring together everyone affected by an incident of wrongdoing or conflict to discuss how they have been affected and decide how to repair the harm. This training is valuable for school educators, police, youth care workers in a group home or correctional setting, social workers, youth justice committees, crown prosecutors, and probation.


·        give crime victims a chance to express their feelings directly to offenders, supported by family and friends

·        let the person causing harm hear directly from the people they’ve affected

·        truly resolve conflicts

·        empower persons causing harm to take responsibility for their actions

·        hold offenders accountable

·        provide opportunities to decide how to repair harm

·        provide an opportunity for healing for victims, offenders and their communities of care

·        work toward reintegrating persons causing harm back into their community

·        break cycles of misbehavior and disruption


·        how to prepare for and facilitate a restorative conference

·        using the restorative conferencing script & role of an Elder/Pastor

·        do’s and don’ts for facilitators

·        sociological and psychological foundations of restorative conferencing

·        dynamics of victimization

  •     differences between restorative and punitive approaches to discipline

 Training can be applied towards a graduate certificate or degree in Restorative Practices offered by the International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate Program. 

Restorative Resolution Skills Training

How can we effectively address the transmission of violence linked to the experience of residential school and colonization to advance the process of Canadian reconciliation?  

As a way of thinking and being, restorative practice offers a way to reinstate traditional values within daily life to restore healthy relations.  

Participants will come away with an understanding of restorative principles and explore ways to incorporate traditional values to strengthening interpersonal relationships, build a sense of belonging, intercultural understanding and diversity acceptance in your workplace, family or community setting.  

Training is designed to challenge our assumptions and build on the collective wisdom of everyone present.  10 Day Certificate training includes the following core components:  communication, facilitation, mediation, traditional worldview of conflict and natural law, restorative principles, intergenerational trauma, effective strategies to address lateral violence,  and how to re-build trust and climates of respect, where people feel connected, supported, happy and empowered.  Participants will explore how to engage in true dialogue and come to appreciate how circles can offer an effective violence prevention strategy. Traditional pedagogy holds the view teachers are facilitator's.  Their role is to offer a process by which individuals and stakeholders can identify and solve their own problems, by designing a well crafted process that allows individuals to connect authentically.  Collective wisdom is the power of community.

As an intervention, restorative responses are effective when challenging behaviour or responding to wrongdoing, criminal activity, misconduct, breaches or non-compliance issues.  A restorative response helps parties to reach a common understanding regarding the nature of the problem, its impacts, and how to move forward to restore a sense of safety, wellness, and meet  requirements set forth by the applicable formal authority. Successful reintegration of an individual/s to be full contributing members within their respective family, workplace, classroom, or community is the ultimate goal.   

10 - 12 day training over the course of different time blocks can be offered in response to unique agency/community needs.  Training components can also be offered as stand alone presentations or 1-3 day events.