Intensive Course 5-9 June 2017, Strathclyde University
1. Why this Course?
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.
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?
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.
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
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
A circle experience on justice
Engaging each of the parties
Finish 4.30 pm
Day 4 9.30 am
A circle experience on apologies, promises and forgiveness
Practising facilitating the conference
The importance of the post conference stage
Day 5 9.30 am
Practice and applications in Scotland
A circle to review the course and close
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.]