2020 Certificate Training in Restorative Practices

Presented by the Youth Restoration Project and the Sargent Center

Register below for our 2020 On-Line Summer Certificate Training

Our training is practical and participatory.  We use circles in every session to bring out the diversity of viewpoints in the group and show the broad applicability of these techniques.  The Initial Tools Overview and our hand-outs will let you begin using these tools and concepts every day.  In the Practice/Booster sessions we discuss the restorative approach to specific topics, and give participants time to report on their experience using restorative tools, listening to what worked and what didn’t for other members of the group.

You can start the training with the Initial Tools Overview on August 11th or August 14thClick here for the full training schedule.  All training sessions are held on-line from 9:00am to noon, including a half-hour break.

Costs are listed below.  If you need financial assistence to attend, we do have limited scholarship funding available – please email info@YRPofRI.org to explain your situation. If you can pay more, you’ll be helping us fund scholarships for those who need them.

  • Initial Tools Overview only:  $150.  A deep introduction to Restorative Justice Practices.
  • Basic Tools Certificate:  $350.  This requires attending the Overview plus two more practice/booster sessions.
  • Certificate of Initial Mastery:  $450.  Requires four sessions in addition to the Overview.

Click here for information on Group Rates available for participants doing the Initial Mastery certification.

If you’ve already done some training with us, you can register for additional sessions here.

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.

TO REGISTER, just 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)
If you need scholarship assistance, select the training type and include a Note in the box below.

6 - Initial Overview Training Date
All sessions are ON-LINE from 9:00am to Noon
(including a half-hour break)
Select one:
> Tuesday August 11 - Initial Tools Overview> Friday August 14 - Initial Tools Overview

7 - Practice / Booster Sessions - Select only 2 for Basic Tools Certificate, or 4 for Initial Mastery.
Select only sessions AFTER your Initial Overview date.

> Thursday August 13 - The Art of I-Statements> Monday August 17 - Community Building> Wednesday August 19 - The Art of Questions> Friday August 21 - Trauma and the Brain> Tuesday August 25 - Restorative Justice> Thursday August 27 - Identifying Triggers

8 - Payment Option (required)
If you're part of a group or need an invoice, please enter information in the Notes box.

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Our current Practice / Booster training topics:

Not all of these are available in the Summer on-line training – we’ll be doing others this Fall.

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.

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.