Restorative Practices Trainings
Unlike a “discipline program”, Restorative Practices is an approach that offers both proactive and responsive strategies for strengthening relationships. Restorative Practices offers a means to develop relationships that are essential to building community so that conflict is lessened. When conflict does arise, since conflict is natural, Restorative Practices also helps build the skills needed to manage conflict and behavior, meet the needs of all impacted, and restore relationships.
Community Matters offers a full spectrum of Restorative Practices administration and staff trainings to help institute restorative practices into school policies and procedures, as well as consulting services to assist with discipline policy updates and improvements.
Administrators' Training - Leading the Change
This one-day training is intended for administrative-level staff with responsibility for school safety, climate, and discipline. It provides an overview of restorative practices and its relationship to discipline, school climate, and its roots in restorative justice. Participants will learn how to effectively establish school-wide restorative practices by building buy-in of staff and families, developing policies and procedures, training staff and leadership, and utilizing best practices and lessons from the field.
Skills Development for Staff & Administrators
This two-day training is designed for staff and administrators. It provides a foundation for individuals interested in using restorative practices with their students and deepening their understanding of its roots in restorative justice and effectiveness in achieving positive behavioral outcomes. The training is experiential and provides skills practice with affective statements, impromptu dialogue, and the use of circles, which are essential elements in the restorative practice continuum.
Facilitating Restorative Conferences
Restorative Conferences bring together victims, offenders, and their support networks to address the impact of a wrongdoing, and determine how to repair the harms done. Schools that have embraced Restorative Practices are looking to gain the skills and resources needed to effectively facilitate a formal Restorative Conference, and are asking important questions:
- What is the structure and process for a Restorative Conference?
- How does it support disciplinary actions and accountability?
- Who participates in the conference and how are they identified?
- How do you manage the different needs and emotions of the participants?
This 2-day experiential training will answer those questions and more. Through the use of engaging activities, participants will understand how to integrate theory into practice.
- Learn how to plan and coordinate pre-conference activities, which are essential to the success of Restorative Conferences
- Gain skills needed for effectively facilitating conferences
- Understand how to develop and monitor high quality follow-up plans
- Recognize the benefits of Restorative Conferencing and their positive impacts on school discipline, suspensions and overall climate
Pre-requisite: Participants should have prior experience with Restorative Practices (RP), either completing our RP 2 Day Skills Development training or related experience.