The Restorative Practices training series offers out-of-school time professionals the knowledge, skills, and strategies to create program environments where children and youth create a community of respect and caring, and are able to effectively work through conflict. In this 4 part series, program leadership and front line staff will explore foundational principles, proactive strategies, intervention techniques, and restorative community practices. Training topics can be done in a series (recommended) or as stand-along topics.
On-site Training Modules (3 hours each):
Restorative Practices: Foundational Principles to Establish an Ethos of Peace and Justice
During this training, participants will be exposed to the paradigm shift from punitive to restorative practices in OST discipline matters, learn about the theme of restorative climate, analyze current practices and gain an understanding of the need for restorative approaches to behavior.
Restorative Practices: Strategies for Conflict Prevention
This training will focus on transforming conflict in OST programs by exploring tools that create an inclusive learning community to establish community norms, teach youth how to identify and express emotions and prevent conflict from escalating.
Restorative Practices: Strategies for Conflict Intervention and De-escalation
This session focuses on intervention strategies to be used once a conflict arises or choices are made that conflict with the established community values. These strategies develop skills in conflict intervention that shift thinking from assessing who broke a rule and the appropriate punishment, towards collaborative problem-solving processes.
Restorative Practices: Strategies to Restore Relationships and Community After Conflict
This module is centered on teaching participants how to facilitate a restorative circle as a ritual reconnection process after a conflict as occurred
This training series was developed in partnership with Be the Change Consulting with generous funding from The California Endowment, and draws upon research and best practices of restorative justice and positive youth development.