Trauma Sensitive Restorative Justice Series: Trauma Awareness Overview
Facilitated by the DC Peace Team

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021:  7:00pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Location: ONLINE (Zoom link provided about 24 hrs. before the session)

Restorative Justice In Action or Restorative practices is a social science that studies how to improve and repair relationships between people and communities. The purpose is to build healthy communities, increase social capital, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm and restore relationships. Its applications will be visited in this series in the following fields: restorative justice processes (August 11th), relationship dynamics (August 18th), and cycles of violence (August 25th). Please register for each of these sessions independently, however we encourage everyone to attend the overview first (August 4th) as this will set the stage and manage expectations for the remaining sessions.

This session will focus on relational space within the context of trauma and stress and will explore through the lens of restorative justice. To ease minds and hearts, please know that this session is not intended to be a trauma-healing session nor delve specifically into anyone's trauma narrative.  Any personal exploration during this series should be done within each individual's level of comfort and safety. There is significant stress, tension and trauma in the social space at home and globally, and therefore we will move gently and all participation is voluntary.

1) Awareness - raise awareness of trauma principles and restorative practices
2) Reflection - provide space for reflection and sharing of relational trauma
3) Inspiration -  understanding how this intersection activates social change

We request payment of $25-$50 to support our work and help us better serve the community.  And, participation matters to us! You are enthusiastically welcomed to join even if you are unable or unwilling to give money at this time.

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.
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Michelle Girard is an international development professional with more than 20 years of on the ground experience designing and managing conflict mitigation, stabilization and social cohesion programming.  For the past 4 years, she has been integrating trauma-informed approaches into development programming to advocate for healing as an integral component to creating sustainable social change.

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.
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