Credit Hours (CEC)
A restorative justice approach works to repair harm and strengthen communities where wrong has occurred. It seeks to meet the needs of those harmed, while also considering the causes of the wrongful behaviour in order to promote accountability and growth for the one who caused harm. This highly experiential workshop utilizes a trauma-informed approach, and provides frameworks for identifying and responding to the needs of all those who were impacted by the wrong. Participants will be trained in the philosophy of restorative justice and will learn the foundational skills for facilitating encounters that lead to restorative outcomes.
Trainer: Alana Abramson, MA, PhD
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- List the principles of restorative justice as contrasted with retributive justice
- Define common needs of those who have suffered, caused, and witnessed harm
- Identify steps to apply a restorative justice framework to their own environment
- Facilitate preparatory meetings for face-to-face encounters
- Facilitate face-to-face restorative justice encounters
Some of the Topics Reviewed
- Philosophy and Values of Restorative Justice
- Trauma and Restorative Justice
- Starting with a Needs-Based Approach
- The Role of Accountability and Repair
- Process Options
- Assessing What Process to Use
- How to Prepare People to Meet
- Key Facilitation Approaches and Skills
This is an intermediate level workshop intended for anyone wishing to learn more about the principles of restorative justice and how to facilitate restorative encounters.
Trainer: Alana Abramson
Alana has extensive experience working in the areas of restorative justice in justice, community, and school settings. She holds a PhD in Criminology on the topic of transformational learning. In addition to training with CTRI, she is a Faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Criminology Department and restorative justice trainer for Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives. She believes in collaborative dialogue and life-long learning as a source of personal and social transformation. Throughout her career, Alana has assisted in developing various initiatives involving elders, at-risk adults, people with disabilities, Indigenous communities, youth, former prisoners, and victims and survivors. She is an engaging presenter who is passionate about her work, which allows her to easily facilitate ongoing learning for workshop participants.