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Restorative Justice Practices: Promoting Peace and Building Community
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 Export to Your Calendar 9/12/2019 to 9/13/2019
When: Thursday, September 12, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
United States
Contact: Good Shepherd Mediation Program
215-843-5413

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Restorative Justice (RJ) is a paradigm shifting approach to criminal justice, school discipline and community healing. Rooted in indigenous practices from the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, the philosophy of RJ emphasizes individuals, relationships, and healing over rules and punishment. A foundational principle of RJ is that offenses violate people, not just laws. In cases of harm, RJ fosters healing between offenders, victims, and their communities by bringing the needs of those who had been harmed to the forefront; acknowledging that an offense affects the community; involving those directly affected; and being mindful that the person who committed the offense remains a member of the community. Through face-to-face dialogues, relevant community involvement, and constructive behavioral development, RJ promotes responsibility and healing after harm, and strengthen bonds between individuals, families, and their communities.

 

The core principles of Restorative Justice have been applied in programs throughout a wide variety of fields. This training serves as an introduction to the RJ philosophy, the wide range of restorative practices which exist, and concrete skills for implementing these principles. Seize the opportunity now- this is the only time this training will be offered this year!

 

This training is ideal for:

 

  • Teachers looking to incorporate restorative processes which complement trauma-informed practices
  • Justice leaders striving for innovative methods to address deficiencies in the criminal justice system
  • Volunteers who would like to facilitate Restorative Circles & Community Conferencing at GSMP
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioners who would like to add skills to their repertoire of conflict resolution practices
  • Human Resource Managers interested in using new ways to facilitate conflict resolution issues in the workplace
  • Individuals seeking new ways to address harm and conflict in their communities

 

 

About the Training

The Restorative Practices training prepares participants to use RJ to promote peace, build community and restore relationships.

 

This two-day training includes an introduction to restorative justice principles & practices, such as:

  • Circle Keeping
  • Victim-Offender Conferencing 
  • Family Group Decision Making
  • Restorative Practices in Schools
  • And others

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You must attend both days to receive a Certificate of Completion.

 

 

Fees:

$300.00

$350.00 PA CLE (14 substantive credits) or NASW (14 credits)

 

*10% discount for Pennsylvania Council of Mediators (PCM) members

 

 

Trainer

 

Pablo Cerdera

Youth Services and Restorative Practices Coordinator

 

Pablo Cerdera comes to the Good Shepherd Mediation Program as a youth worker, restorative justice practitioner, and educator. Pablo is working hard to develop new programs for young people in Philadelphia and to improve GSMP’s existing programming. He is guided by his experience with Restorative Family Group Conferencing from the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis and training and experience in circle keeping and community/family mediation from the Conflict Resolution Center and Restorative Justice Community Action. Faced with the realities of mass incarceration, violence, and social inequality, Pablo sees community-based solutions like mediation and restorative justice as powerful tools for shifting the status quo. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, he is committed to better outcomes for all youth in our community and the ongoing fight for racial, economic, gender and social justice. Pablo graduated with Highest Honors from Oberlin College with a degree in Comparative American Studies and Gender Studies, and a focus on the history and practice of social change. 

 

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