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 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 school, community, 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 workshop is offered in partnership with the Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • What is Restorative Justice?
  • What Does Justice Require?
  • Punishment and its Limitations
  • Social Connection, Shame, and Behaviour
  • Misperceptions of Restorative Justice
  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Applications Beyond the Criminal Justice Settings
  • Models of Restorative Discipline
  • Restorative Justice Values

Target Audience

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

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • List the principles of restorative justice as contrasted with retributive justice
  • Describe the role of shame in perpetuating cycles of violence and abuse
  • Define common needs of those who have suffered, caused, and witnessed harm
  • Describe three models of restorative justice practice
  • Identify steps to apply a restorative justice framework to their own environment