A Critical Education-Centered Restorative Justice Training
Gaps in empathy, trust, and, respect between professionals and those they deal with in the workspace call attention to the need for more strategic and practical (emphasis on practical!) ways of addressing interpersonal conflict. Restorative justice is an evidence-based practice, commonly used in education and criminal justice contexts, that focuses on bringing individuals with ongoing conflict or tension into direct mediation. Focusing on the seemingly illusory idea of ”closure,” restorative justice forges thoughtful discussions of how people impact one another, with an eye towards recognizing and tending to wounds that have arisen. Drawing from social work in education models, CHUM’s Restorative Justice Trainings focuses on accountability, healing, and prevention as part of an iterative process; accountability in ”aggressors” acknowledging potential harms that they have created; healing in survivors announcing these harms and aggressors acknowledging them; and prevention in creating mutual understandings on the need to avoid further conflict.
Unlike traditional conflict management “interventions,” restorative justice focuses on establishing truth and reconciliation, and brings in all impacted communities. For example, in the context of a school conflict, a restorative justice intervention may not include just two students who have been in a fight with one another, but a hall monitor and teacher who had to intervene. Along these lines, restorative justice stands in stark contrast to the punitive and often retributive ways that the American judicial system frequently engages with individuals, particularly those who are Black or Latino, leading to further marginalization and often incarceration (i.e., the ”school-to-prison” pipeline).
Not only providing trainees with information on the social, cultural, and psychological dynamics driving conflict, the training provides trainees with the means of developing, implementing, and evaluating modalities such as Peace Rooms and Indigenous-inspired talking circles. Along these lines, CHUM’s Restorative Justice Training focuses on helping trainees establish an institutional foundation for restorative justice to flourish, with scalability and sustainability in mind. Following the training, participants will be given a Restorative Justice Training Certificate and may be eligible for Continuing Education credits.
To aid your passion for implementing restorative justice as an ongoing institutional paradigm, trainees gain access to our ”CHUMMIES,” which is our virtual de-stressing and cultural exchange group. We offer CHUMMIES bi-weekly via Zoom. CHUMMIES are meant to bring together trainees and practitioners to engage in practices of self-care and self-reflection in the realm of cultural responsiveness.
Our restorative justice trainees also get ”tokens,” our cultural humility currency that provides trainees with access to other CHUM resources, such as Anchors. Anchors are confidential one-on-one 30-minute consultation sessions with a CHUM team member to discuss a specific case or issue that you\’re wrestling with professionally or personally.
Who’s this for?
Academics (staff, faculty, and students at educational and research institutions), clinicians, community organizations, businesses, policymakers
In-person; also available via videoconferencing (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.).
Length of Training
8 hours, with condensed 6-hour and 4-hour versions also available + optional 6-Month “refresher” session | “Train the Trainer” also available