5 Day Intensive Course: 14-15 May & 4-6 June 2018, Strathclyde University
1. Why this Course?
This two-part Intensive Course offers participants to learn and develop 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.
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?
- social workers
- faith groups
- youth and community workers
- members of the third sector
- recent graduates wishing to add distinctive skills to complement their academic repertoire.
"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?
This course taught me a new way of thinking. Under expert tuition, I was able to learn invaluable new skills and practices that I have been able to apply to my job. I cannot recommend this course enough.
Scot, Dignan, Public Prosecutor
I recommend this excellent course to anyone interested in new approaches to justice. This innovative course enables you to learn from key figures in the RJ movement about how to facilitate RJ encounters.
It also offers participants an opportunity to join the increasingly active movement developing RJ in Scotland.
Kate Graham, Scottish Women's Rights Centre
4. Course Content
- 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.
The programme will be composed of two inseparable elements: Days 1-2: Theory, Research and Principles - Monday 14-Tuesday 15 May 2018 Days 3-5: Practising Restorative Skills - Monday 4-Wednesday 6 June 2018Day 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
Day 2 9.30 am Tuesday 15th May 2018
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
Day 3 9.30 am Monday 4th June 2018
A circle experience on justice
Engaging each of the parties
Finish 4.30 pm
Day 4 9.30 am Tuesday 5th June 2018
A circle experience on apologies, promises and forgiveness
Practising facilitating the conference
The importance of the post conference stage
Day 5 9.30 am Wednesday 6th June 2018
The importance of the post conference phase
Practice and applications in Scotland
A circle to review the course and close
Early Bird Fee completed application before Thursday 19th April 2018: £440
Standard Rate (after 19th April): £515
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.]