Balancing stones

Law School Foundation Skills in Restorative Practices

Intensive Course 5-9 June 2017, Strathclyde University 

1. Why this Course?

There is increasing demand for restorative practices in a wide variety of contexts. Restorative Practices (including Restorative Justice) is a process that brings together those harmed  and those responsible for the harm to safely discuss the harm and how it might be set right. International research suggests RJ can help people to recover from harm, encourage those involved to think again, and provide a more satisfying experience for all involved.

This Intensive Course offers participants the opportunity to learn the skills required to facilitate restorative conferences and circles. It includes training in the engagement and preparation of people who have been harmed and people responsible for harm, their supporters and the community.

The approach of this internationally-leading Intensive Foundation Skills Course emerged from Northern Ireland’s successful and influential Youth Conference scheme. We call our model the Balanced Model of Restorative Practices and our method is based upon narrative dialogue.

Led by the internationally-renowned Restorative Practices trainer, Tim Chapman, this is the first time this world-renowned course is being offered on the mainland UK.

"The course was great! I really enjoyed the creative culture of learning. It has been a really worthwhile experience and hopefully has helped me in developing our services to young people and their communities." Ella Brown, Criminal Justice Social Worker, North Lanarkshire

2. Who is the Course for?

The Intensive Course is for a very wide range of people including for example
  • lawyers
  • social workers
  • teachers
  • faith groups
  • youth and community workers
  • members of the third sector
  • recent graduates wishing to add distinctive skills to complement their academic repertoire.
The unique model and method employed in the course can be used within the justice system, in schools, in residential settings, and in neighbourhoods; wherever individuals or groups harm each other.
"This is, in my opinion, one of the best and most serious and comprehensive course there is for RJ practitioners in Europe, if not the world, today." Dr Estelle Zinsstag, Senior researcher, University (K.U.) Leuven, Belgium

3. What Will You Gain from the Course?

By learning from the very best in the world, you will be able to develop the skills necessary to facilitate engagement in restorative processes. On completion of the course you will also gain a Certificate of Participation in Foundation Skills in Restorative Practices from the University of Strathclyde.
RJC Recognition. This course is recognised by the Restorative Justice Council of England and Wales as a part qualification for accreditation as a practitioner. (There is not, as yet, separate practitioner accreditation in Scotland). However, the RJC standards are widely recognised and will be acknowledged in practice.

4. Course Content

Learning objectives 
  • To understand and apply the Balanced Model of Restorative Justice in a range of contexts;
  • To understand and facilitate restorative conferences and circles;
  • To be capable of using the skills and techniques of the narrative dialogue method.
Teaching & Learning Style.
The teaching is designed to engage students in understanding the values, knowledge and skills underpinning restorative practices, to encourage them in a critical enquiry into restorative practices and to embed what they find valuable in their daily practice. The learning methods are experiential and participative.

Day 1

Day 1 10 am

Introduction to the course

  • Learning restoratively
  • An introduction to restorative circles

 A brief discussion on shame and the restorative process


The Balanced Model of Restorative Justice

  • When harm occurs who is affected?
  • How are they affected?

Contexts for restorative practices

Core skills practice

  • Questions, affirmations, reflecting and summarising

Finish 4-30pm


Day 2

Day 2 9.30 am

What is important when solving a problem collectively? An experience and a circle

The Conference Process

The role of the facilitator

The Narrative Dialogue method

  • Single stories
  • Thickening stories
  • Uncovering the truth
  • What does it mean to have justice restored?
  • The relationship between emotion and need

A walk through the process in detail

Core techniques practice

  • Externalising the harm 
  • Moving from the general to the specific
  • Inquiring into the ‘absent but implicit’
  • Discovering the critical questions
  • Engaging, explaining and clarifying expectations (Fair Process)
  • Facilitating dialogue
  • Gaining commitment to action plans                                                            

Finish 4-30pm

Day 3

Day 3 9.30 am

A circle experience on justice

Engaging each of the parties

Finish 4.30 pm

Day 4

Day 4 9.30 am

A circle experience on apologies, promises and forgiveness

Practising facilitating the conference

The importance of the post conference stage

Finish 4-30pm

Day 5

Day 5 9.30 am

Practice and applications in Scotland

A circle to review the course and close

Finish 1pm

Fees & Entry Requirements

Early Bird Fee completed application before 28th April: £350

After 28th April: £425

Fees include the cost of venue, course materials, teaching, light lunch and refreshments for participants. Participants are not expected to pay for anything else.

There are no formal entry requirements but students will be expected to have some awareness of the potential of restorative practices and how that this approach might be applied.

[English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.]
Contact Us
For further information please contact our Course Administrator Linda Nicolson or by phone 0141 548 5956.