2020 Certificate Training in Restorative Practices

Presented by the Youth Restoration Project and the Sargent Center

Our 2020 Winter Certificate Training is already underway.

If you’ve already done our Initial Tools Overview, please email us (info@YRPofRI.org) if you’d like to attend one or more practice /booster sessions — see our current training schedule.

The Tools Overview is the prerequisite for our Basic Tools and Initial Mastery Certificate programs, and also serves as a one-shot introduction to Restorative Justice Practices.  It covers the philosophy and history of the international movement, contrasting its approach to the retributive mindset of our current justice and disciplinary systems.

Our training is practical and participatory.  We use circles in every session to spark bring out the diversity of viewpoints in the group, and show the broad applicability of these techniques.  The Overview and hand-outs give you all you need to begin using these tools and concepts every day.

Cost:  $150 for the Tools Overview alone.  The Basic Tools Certificate requires the Overview plus two more practice / booster sessions; the charge is $350.  The Certificate of Initial Mastery requires four sessions in addition to the Overview, for a charge of $450.  If you’ve already done some training with us, you can register for additional sessions here.  Training sessions are held at The Sargent Center in Warwick, from 3:00 to 5:30pm.

Select your practice/booster sessions from those listed below. Besides discussng the restorative approach to specific topics, all sessions give time for participants to report on their experience using restorative tools and talk about what worked and what didn’t.

CEU credit is available for teachers and social workers. And we now also offer business training! The Overview and Certificate programs are designed both for Youth Restoration Project and Restorative Workplace participants.

Our current Practice / Booster offerings:

These follow-up training sessions will be offered this Spring, Summer and Fall.  During the school year they’re from 3:00 to 5:30 pm; Summer trainings are from 8:30 to 11:00 am.

The Basic Tools Certificate requires attendance at any two of these trainings, in addition to the Tools Overview; the Certificate of Initial Mastery requires four.

We also do these trainings at schools and organizations around Rhode Island, and some are open to outside participants.  If you’d like to offer this training at your own location and have 12 or more participants, please email us at info@yrpofri.org to discuss timing and cost.

Identifying Triggers

Identifying Triggers

Each of us is sometimes triggered by other people’s behavior. We’re far more effective in our interpersonal relationships when we understand our triggers and what triggers others. Here we discuss strategies for handling situations that could ignite difficult emotions, clouding our thinking and inflaming our behavior.

Self Care

Self-Care and Self-Circling

What are you bringing to the table yourself, when you try to help with other people’s problems? This session gently guides participants to question, restoratively, their own strengths and weaknesses as they apply Restoration to daily life.

Trauma Brain Science

Trauma / Basic Brain Science

Everyone has lived through some sort of trauma, but some recover more easily than others. We teach simple, proactive techniques that avoid triggering or escalating a trauma-driven response that shuts down communication.

The Art of Questioning

We use games to practice shifting declarative statements into curious and restorative questions that allow the other person room to give an account of what they were thinking – true accountability – and to improve the quality of information received in the answers.

Team Work

Teams that Work

This session gives participants protocols, confidence and a sense of their own agency when tackling a problem or project that needs a working team. We guide participants through ways of identifying and assembling a team that accomplishes its goals.

I statements

The Art of “I” Statements

While “you” statements invite defensiveness and head-butting, learning how to say how it is for me, from my own point of view, gives the other person room to speak for themselves, encouraging the exchange of high-quality dialogue.

community building

Community Building

This session focuses on techniques that help groups – classrooms, colleagues, teams – establish collective values and develop useful guidelines for working, learning or playing together. These protocols help all parties, adults and kids alike, become personally invested in sustaining a high-functioning group.

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice

RJ is the back-to-the-future revival of the ways in which traditional cultures respond to crime and violations of community norms. We examine the evolution of our modern professionally-driven justice system, contrasting its focus on guilt and punishment with Restoration’s goals of personal accountability and healing.

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CEU credit is available for teachers and social workers for the Initial Mastery and Basic Tools Certificate options.  Social work CEUs are sponsored by the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College.  Teacher’s CEUs require your school district’s approval of YRP as training vendor.  Please call us at (401) 421-6238 or email info@yrpofri.org for more information.