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Training in Collaborative Dispute Resolution

Diversity acceptance and building capacity to resolve conflicts focused on strengthening relationships, rather than relying on adversarial or punitive measures offers a powerful mechanism to create stronger, more connected communities.  Restorative practices offer a powerful violence prevention strategy to build social capital and create climates of safety and respect. Engaging others in true dialogue to build, maintain, and restore peaceful relations is beneficial in our personal and professional lives. Restorative peacemaking practices can be used proactively and to resolve conflict or when responding to harm and misconduct in a criminal and non-criminal context.  Learn how to engage with others restoratively and facilitate circles applicable in your setting.

Engaging in True Dialogue

Peacemaking Skills Development Training

Conflict can be helpful and constructive or destructive and harmful.  When we understand how to effectively work through conflict, it results in strengthening rather than fracturing relationships impacting personal and team workplace wellness and performance.  Participants will explore differences between restorative and punitive approaches to conflict and wrongdoing, and different ADR approaches you may wish to apply in your setting.   

Family Group Conferencing

Learn how to prepare parties and facilitate a collaborative dispute resolution process by working WITH families to make decisions regarding the safety and well-being of a child, youth, or adult experiencing difficulty.  

This approach traces back to traditional ways of knowing in which the care and decision-making for children and vulnerable persons are considered the natural responsibility of the extended family and the community as a whole. 
Formal services can build a positive rapport and achieve intended outcomes by meaningfully engaging with families in decision-making instead of making decisions on their behalf.  

If family is the basic unit of society, we should do everything to preserve it.

By having family and extended family come together, we can find creative solutions.

  • Reintegration of a youth-student-adult returning to their family-school-community.
  • Addressing student absenteeism or learning engagement issues.
  • Safety and support planning for individuals experiencing domestic violence.
  • Successfully transition a youth into adult independence.
  • Developing a family reunification, preservation or permanency plan for a child in care.
  • To promote healing, reconciliation, and recovery from the experience of colonization. 

Building Community with Restorative Justice

A facilitator's role is to empower others to take the lead when they say, "we did it ourselves," signals this accomplishment.

Restorative justice is a philosophy that views crime, conflict, and wrongdoing principally as harm done to people and relationships. It offers a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to criminal justice that focuses on meaningful accountability and reparation of harm to create healthier, safer communities.  

In a non-criminal context, restorative practices are viewed as a social science applying fair, equitable principles into a broader context to shift workplace culture by building social capital and achieving social discipline through participatory learning and collaborative decision-making.

Restorative practices range from informal (daily) communication interactions to formal responses. .   

Participants will...

  • Become familiar with restorative principles and explore how this fits within the culture of your community to enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Respect in the Workplace, and TRC Calls to Action.  A relational-human-centric approach aligns with Indigenous worldviews, such as Wahkohtowin in Cree or Otipemisiwak for Métis, “those that rule themselves."
  • Learn how to prepare parties and facilitate a restorative circle or conference.  
  • Experience role-plays applicable to case scenarios in your setting.
  • Enhance your facilitation skills to ensure participants feel safe, respected, and empowered and achieve intended outcomes (learning and growth, healing and reconciliation, safety and well-being).

Customized training and consultation services are provided online, in-person or hybrid.  

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