Practical Training in Restorative Justice Facilitation: Victim-Offender Dialogues, Part II
Facilitated by the DC Peace Team
Saturday, December 5, 2020:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Location: ONLINE (Zoom link provided later)

*Maximum space for 20 25 persons. We have now begun our waitlist and you will be notified if a spot opens up.

Restorative Justice, or "RJ," is a philosophy and set of practices that engage the community in building relationships and repairing harm through inclusive dialogue, deep understanding, and shared power.

This is the second session of a two-part workshop series, aiming to provide participants a chance to engage with both the theoretical roots and practical tactics of Restorative Justice facilitation, and more specifically, "Victim-Offender Dialogues."  

Victim-Offender Dialogues are a commonly utilized method of Restorative Practices that center around particular incidents of perceived harm.  Willing victims and consenting offenders enter into dialogue to develop a collectively created solution to repair said harm.

However, this process is rooted in the idea that harm ripples beyond the victimized and offending parties, where the communities around them are affected, as well. Therefore, these processes often include victims' and offenders' families, friends, and fellow community members; all whom have stake and say in the outcome, and all of whom are equally accountable to the plan of action to repair the harm.  

This training will be delivered through visual presentation, hands-on practice and role-playing exercises.  However, the emphasis will be on learning-by-doing.  Participants will observe, experience, and facilitate Victim-Offender Dialogues in scenarios varying in situational intensity.  These scenarios will allow participants to role-play as well as lead dialogue in both small-and-large-group settings. Facilitators will act as observers, participants, and mentors, providing a culminating feedback session for participants to share observations, questions, and insights from the day of practice. The skills learned can be modified and applied in many facets of life, including schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, justice system, families, etc.

***PLEASE NOTE***: This is a two-part series, and the material will be organized across two weekends.  While we understand the inherent nature of scheduling conflicts, we HIGHLY recommend that all participants attend both weekend sessions (November 21 and December 5 if you have not done an Intro. to RJ before), to achieve a fully rounded engagement with Restorative Practices.

Saturday, December 5, Restorative Justice in Practice - Objectives:
     1. Practice RJ core questions through the lens of Victim-Offender Dialogues
     2. Develop confidence by leading and participating in small-group Victim-Offender Dialogues in various
         scenarios differing in intensity
     3. Lead culminating large-group Victim-Offender Dialogues
     4. Gain and give feedback through dialogue and peer support during a culminating feedback session, led by
         DC Peace Team facilitators

Payment is requested on a sliding scale. Please consider $50-$100 to support our work and help us better serve the community. FREE for students. No one will be turned away for lack of payment and we welcome you either way.

After completing the registration below, please submit payment today--; or checks can be written out to DC Peace Team and mailed to Eli McCarthy, 7305 Baylor Ave. College Park, MD 20740.

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This training is provided by the DC Peace Team, which empowers ordinary civilians to increasingly serve their communities particularly as nonviolent peacekeepers, and by extension as peacemakers and peacebuilders. The DC Peace Team lives this mission by: deploying unarmed civilian protection and accompaniment units, providing training in various nonviolent skills, and facilitating dialogues and restorative justice approaches.
For more information about the DC Peace Team, please visit our website at

For questions, contact Sal Corbin at, or Heather Thompson at


Lia Kuduk, JD (she/her and they/them) serves as a community organizer, conflict harmonizer, and restorative justice advocate based in Washington, DC. They are a Circlekeeper for the DC Peace Team and she offers integrative coaching and consulting to individuals, groups, and organizations through LookOut Counsel, LLC.

Christian Paris (he/his) is a certified Restorative Justice Facilitation practitioner and a proud member of the DC Peace Team family. Over the past eight years, he has been blessed to lead and serve as a keeper and facilitator of dialogue circles here in the United States and abroad, centering heavily around the cross-cultural communication and nonviolent strategic action.  He holds a Masters of Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University.

Sal Corbin (he/his) worked for 15 years in academia as a Psychology Professor before transitioning to nonprofit work doing Workforce Development training and program management. He is currently the Training Coordinator at Friendship Place.  He came to this work through attending an Active Bystander Intervention training facilitated by the DC Peace Team. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships with conflict transformation being the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing.

Heather Thompson (she/her) has been a legal assistant with the Public Defender's office since 2017. Prior to that, she worked with a non-profit organization that focused on bail reform. From 2007-2015, she was a Courtroom Clerk at the Montgomery County Circuit Court. She is a recent graduate of Montgomery College, where she earned two associate degrees.  She holds one degree in Criminal Justice and one in General Studies with a Social Science Concentration. Heather has participated in victim-offender dialogues in the past and is a passionate advocate for criminal and social justice reform.

Jamal Jones (He/They/It) is a second-generation educator who earned their bachelor degree in Psychology and Psychoeducational Studies whilst at Howard University. Jamal's career focus has been on at-risk, juvenile, and special education students, specifically students with Emotional Behavior Disorders. While teaching in these alternative school settings, Jamal became a self-taught and trialed by fire in the skills presented. Jamal is currently finishing a Masters in Special Education and currently teaches adult learners at the Academy of Hope, DC.
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