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Training/Consultation

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Training is a lot of fun. It is also necessary to get a strong sense of RJ principles and the essential skills to facilitate RJ dialogues. Lead trainer, Duke Fisher, and our other trainers offer introductory and intensive trainings for K-12 schools, universities, and communities. 

 


Our 2-minute training "commercial" featuring our lead trainer, Duke Fisher

"I had one of the best times of my career at the training and I can't wait to do more with it!" 
--Staci Gunner, Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development, San Jose State University

"It was an awesome training. David and Duke were phenomenal, as were all of the Skidmore students who helped out. I also met wonderful new colleagues, from whom I learned a lot as well. Thank you all so much! I'm looking forward to continuing our dialogues about implementing and refining restorative justice processes on our respective campuses."
--Sue Escobar, Professor, California State University-Sacramento 

Thank you again for such an empowering training. I really loved it, and see so much value in the RJ model, as well as ways in which some of the principles can be used in other areas, such as in the classroom. You all were fabulous trainers; I loved how attentive you were to the needs of us participants, and how flexible you allowed the program to be without sacrificing content or organization.
--Jennifer MacGregor, Professor, St. Lawrence University

"As a training consultant, I am often asked to assist those making the move from interest in RJ to the ability to offer it on their campus or in their community. We use film clips and storytelling to assist the group to understand that RJ is a process designed to problem-solve rather than punish. They must experience a shift in their ideas of accountability, fairness and justice. To do this, we put them in simulation as early as possible. A good student dilemma is presented such as a drunken joy ride, a stolen exam, or racist graffiti.

Facilitator trainings teach participants how to convene a restorative conference or a restorative circle. Apprentices learn to trust the structure of the RJ process and the wisdom of those assembled to repair harm and rebuild trust. They learn to face harms objectively, post harms accurately, and understand the unmet needs represented those harms. Once the needs are identified, plans and strategies to meet them are not far off. Training groups learn that with a good understanding of the RJ philosophy and strong facilitation skills, complex situations can be made manageable and transformed to opportunities of personal growth and campus-wide healing."

-Duke Fisher, Lead Trainer


BerkeleyASCA Gehring Academy RJ Training, June 2015

Pricing

The training fee is $1500 per training day plus travel expenses. Longer trainings and larger trainings generally include a second trainer. For two trainers, the fee is $3000 per training day plus travel expenses.

Training Options

Although we typically customize our trainings to best meet the needs of our hosts, below is a list of trainings we commonly offer.

Campus RJ: Colleges and Universities

Introduction to Campus RJ (One Day)

This training provides a survey of the variety of restorative applications in higher education. Topics include:

Restorative Conferences for Conduct Violations (Two Days)

This training focuses on restorative approaches to conduct violations from “bread-and-butter” noise or alcohol violations to academic dishonesty to serious incidents that may also include criminal charges.

Restorative Circles for Community Building and Improving Campus Climate (Two Days)

This training introduces restorative circle practices to improve campus culture and build relationships in residential life, athletics, and student organizations. How to use circles in response to charged campus incidents in order to provide inclusive dialogue, healing, accountability, and action plans.

Campus RJ across Student Affairs (Three Days)

This training provides an intensive overview of conferencing and circle practice. It covers the same material as the circle training and conferencing training, but provides a little less practice with each while still covering the essentials for each type of practice.

Training for Trainers (Three Days)

This training is for experienced RJ practitioners who will offer training on their own campuses. We review the training curriculum and the pedagogy of experiential learning. Participants will practice delivering training elements. Follow up coaching is also available.

 

RJ for K-12 Schools

Introduction to K-12 RJ (One Day)

This training provides a survey of the variety of restorative applications in schools. Topics include:

Restorative Conferences for Conduct Violations (Two Days)

This training focuses on restorative approaches to conduct violations that warrant a “trip to the principal’s office.”

Restorative Circles for Teachers (Two Days)

This training introduces restorative circle practices to improve classroom culture for learning and build relationships on teams and in clubs.

Training for Trainers (Three Days)

This training is for experienced RJ practitioners who will offer training in their schools and districts. We review the training curriculum and the pedagogy of experiential learning. Participants will practice delivering training elements. Follow up coaching is also available.

Past RJ Trainings

Associations

ASCA: Association for Student Conduct Administration
ACPA: Association for College Personnel Administrators
Colorado Forum on Restorative Community Justice
DCCADV: D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence
NASPA: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
UCOA: University and College Ombuds Association
NYASP: New York Association of School Psychologists
NYSCASA: New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
SUNYSCA: State University of New York Student Conduct Administrators

Universities

Brandeis University
Carleton College
Clarkson University
Colby College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
Eastern Mennonite University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Gaulladet University
Georgia State University
Governors State University
Keene State College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Northeastern University
Pennsylvania School of Technology
Princeton University
Reed College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Saint Louis University
Shenandoah University
Skidmore College
Stanford University
State University of New York, Student Conduct Administrators
State University of New York at Albany
State University of New York at Oneonta
State University of New York at Oswego
State University of New York at Morrisville
Swarthmore College
University of Alberta
University of California, Office of the President
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego
University of Dayton
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of St. Thomas
Wells College
West Chester University
Wheeling Jesuit University
Williams College

K-12 School Districts in NY

Broome County School Districts
Chenango County School Districts
Delaware County School Districts
Franklin School District
Oneonta School District
Otsego County School Districts
Pavilion School District
Phoenix School District
Queensbury School District
Saratoga Springs School District
South Glens Falls School District
Schenectady School District

Community Organizations

Albany County Community Accountability Board
Lourdes Hospital of Binghamton
Family Resource Network of Oneonta
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy
Effective Alternative Reconciliation Services of the Bronx
Liberty Partnerships

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