Fall Certificate Training in Restorative Practices
Presented by the Youth Restoration Project and the Sargent Center
CEU credit is available for teachers and social workers. See below for details.
1. Learn about this fall’s classes:
Initial Tools Overview
All our training programs begin with an Initial Tools Overview, covering the philosophy and history of the international Restorative movement, contrasting its approach to the retributive mindset of our current justice and disciplinary systems. We present three foundational concepts and three basic tools, using one tool – circling – to spark interaction, emphasize the diversity of viewpoints in the group, and demonstrate the broad applicability of these techniques. The Overview and hand-outs give participants all they need to start using the basic tools that day.
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 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 / 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2. Decide which training option works for you:
Certificate of Initial Mastery in Restorative Practices – $450.00
Training includes 12.5 hours of training in five sessions: the Initial Tools Overview must be done first, then four Practice / Booster sessions on specific topics. Register early to ensure the sessions you want are available.
Basic Restorative Practices Tools Certification – $350.00
Training includes 7.5 hours of training in three sessions: the Initial Tools Overview plus two Practice / Booster sessions on specific topics.
Initial Overview Training – $200.00
Attendance at an Initial Tools Overview session only — no certification.
Already done some training with us? We’d love to see you again! Join us for a booster class!
Those who are already certified or have done an Initial Overview session may register for additional Practice/Booster sessions here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.