Advanced RJ Training: Training For Trainers
Facilitated by the DC Peace Team
** Prerequisite for registration: You must have completed Intro to RJ Circles
Saturday, May 22, 2021: 10:00am - 3:00 pm EDT
Location: ONLINE (Zoom link provided about 24 hrs. before the session)
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 an activity based workshop aiming to provide participants a chance to engage restorative practices through the lens of relationship building, restoration, and maintenance.
This session will take participants through the process of preparing and holding a restorative justice circle. Attendees will engage in community building exercises, multimedia presentation, and ample dialogue around the core tenets of "RJ." Finally, participants will have a chance to keep different aspects of their own restorative circle, designed in the model that the DC Peace Team uses in the greater Washington, DC community. This training is an opportunity for trainers to become more aware of the circle keeping process and the facilitation skills needed to keep circle members engaged in sharing space. Our goal is to inject confidence in participants to take the method of circle keeping they practice with today and apply it to their areas of focus/interest/employment (Education, Reentry, Conflict Mediation).
1. Achieve an understanding of the core tenets of Restorative Justice
2. Learn basic facilitation skills related to circle keeping
3. Understand and participate in the DC Peace Team method of Restorative Circle Keeping
4. Practice holding restorative circles independent of DCPT trainers
Payment is requested on a sliding scale. Please consider $50-$100 to support our work and help us better serve the community. No one will be turned away for reduced or lack of payment and we welcome you either way.
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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.
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Karen Bortvedt Estrada (she/her) works full time as Relationship Manager for an international development organization and also leads workshops on depolarization. Through both her personal and professional experiences, she has seen the power of authenticity, vulnerability, and self-healing to transform family and community systems locally and overseas. Karen is passionate about holding space to humanize, hear, and heal.
Heather Thompson (she/her) has worked in the criminal justice field for over a decade and is a passionate advocate for criminal and social justice reform. She has participated in victim-offender dialogues in the past and has shared her experience with various audiences. She is a recent graduate of Montgomery College, earning associate degrees in Criminal Justice and General Studies with a Social Science Concentration.
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 offers training in Active Bystander Intervention, Restorative Justice, Unarmed Civilian Protection and conflict mediation. He worked for 15 years in academia as a Psychology Professor before transitioning to nonprofit work. He has done Workforce Development training and program management and is a Training Coordinator for the Maryland Harm Reduction Institute. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships, with conflict transformation as the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing.
What experience(s) do you have with restorative justice? (Select all that apply)
I lead restorative experiences (circles, mediation, inquiries).
I have a certificate, degree or formal training in restorative justice.
I have attended previous advanced trainings through DC Peace Team.
I have attended advanced trainings through other organizations or groups.
I have attended an intro training through DC Peace Team.
I have attended an intro training through another organization or group.
I have participated in circles, mediation or inquiries through DC Peace Team.
I have participated in circles, meditation or inquiries through other organizations or groups.
This will be my first restorative justice experience.
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