Restorative Justice – Guiding Principles for Schools and Communities (1 day)

How do we respond meaningfully to harmful or criminal actions? Based on the principles of restorative justice, this workshop offers a framework for answering this question in your own context. The timeless philosophy of restorative justice invites people to look beyond a merely punitive view of justice and discipline. Instead, it focuses on the needs of everyone involved, emphasizing direct accountability, reparation, prevention, dialogue and, in some cases, renewed relationship. If you work in a community, school, government or other organizational setting and make decisions about how to respond to harmful actions, this workshop will provide you with insights for incorporating restorative justice principles into your environment.
This training is offered in partnership with The Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • What Does Justice Require?
  • Justice Needs
  • Punishment and its Limitations
  • Social Connection, Shame and Behavior
  • What is Restorative Justice?
  • Exploring Restorative Justice
  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Beyond Criminal Justice
  • Misperceptions of Restorative Justice
  • A Discipline Continuum
  • Restorative Justice Values
  • Integrating Your Values
  • Signposts of Restorative Justice

1 day version
The one day workshop is a very abbreviated version of the 4 day training. It is intended to be an introduction to the framework of restorative justice.

4 day version
The four day training is a comprehensive and skill-based workshop. In addition to exploring the philosophy of restorative justice there is an emphasis on providing practical strategies for implementation of restorative justice processes within schools, communities and organizations. This is a training program of the Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video and small group discussions

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop intended for anyone wishing to learn more about the principals of restorative justice.