Summer Certificate Training in Restorative Practices

Presented by the Youth Restoration Project and the Sargent Center

Spend 5 mornings with us this summer.
You’ll leave energized and looking at all of your relationships with new perspective!

1. Learn about this summer’s classes:

Initial Tools Overview

All of our training programs include the Initial Tools Overview. This covers the philosophy and history of the international Restorative movement, contrasting its approach to the retributive mindset of our current justice, legal and disciplinary systems. We present three foundational concepts and three basic tools, routinely 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.

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.

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:  First the Initial Tools Overview, and then 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 already have certificates or have attended 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 for more information.

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Additional training sessions may be scheduled for groups of 12 or more – contact us for details:

Training at 2 locations

Sargent Rehabilitation Center     >Directions
800 Quaker Lane
Warwick, RI

Bay Point Inn & Conference Center     >Directions
Roger Williams University Bayside Campus
144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI

3. Register!

TO REGISTER, please complete this form and click SUBMIT below:

1 - Full Name (required)

2 - Your Email (required)

3 - Organization/School

4 - Your Position/Title

5 - Training Type (required)

6 - Initial Overview Training Date - Select 1
Select training at the Sargent Center in Warwick or the Baypoint Conference Center in Porstmouth.
Additional sessions may be scheduled for groups of 12 or more -- email us at for details.
> SARGENT - Wednesday June 26> SARGENT - Tuesday July 9> BAYPOINT - Thursday July 11

7 - Practice / Booster Sessions - Select only 2 for Basic Tools Certificate, or 4 for Initial Mastery.
The Sargent Center "Triggers" session on July 30th is now fully enrolled - removed from the list below.
> SARGENT - Monday July 1 - The Art of Questions> SARGENT - Friday July 12 - Community Building> SARGENT - Monday July 15 - Trauma/Basic Brain Science> BAYPOINT - Monday July 15 - The Art of Questions> SARGENT - Wednesday July 17 - The Art of I-Statements> BAYPOINT - Monday July 22 - Trauma/Basic Brain Science> BAYPOINT - Friday July 26 - The Art of I-Statements> BAYPOINT - Wednesday July 31 - Community Building> SARGENT - Thursday August 1 - Restorative Justice> SARGENT - Tuesday August 6 - Teams that Work> BAYPOINT - Thursday August 8 - Self-Care/Self-Circling

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