Our Courses

Restorative Approaches for educators, care staff or youth justice professionals

and the wide range of staff supporting families and children in a local authority

 

After attending our courses you are likely to:

  • feel much more confident dealing with conflicts in both your personal and your professional life
  • have the skills to supporting others to resolve their conflicts, using informal and more formal mediation skills
  • be able to call on more advanced skills to address challenging and harmful behaviours using restorative conferences
  • find yourself using different language to address low- level disruption
  • think differently about how to prevent bullying, and also how to address it when it happens, whether amongst adults or young people
  • have a consistent and replicable set of strategies for reducing the use of sanctions
  • feel motivated to develop the self-regulation skills and inner moral compass of those with whom you work·
  • know how to facilitate circle meetings to build a sense of community and belonging
  • believe that putting things right when they go wrong is more effective than punishment
  • be willing to explore new strategies for managing change and overcoming the fear of, and resistance to,change
  • be inspired to review the way you interact with people of all ages, and at every level of your work.

We run regular open access courses for individuals or small numbers from your staff team. 

We would love to see you on our next 5-day course

in Berkshire 6th - 11th November 2017

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 Transforming conflict training

  • Our most popular course is divided up into modules – each module lasts a day (or 8 hour, including refreshment breaks)
  • The modules can be delivered separately over a period of time, in one whole block or in any combination of days.
  • Attendance at each module in turn is required as each one builds on what has been learned and practised in the previous module.
  • All five modules are recommended for individuals supporting an institution or workplace that is looking to become totally restorative. A full course covers the restorative justice Council requirements for conference facilitator training
  • Participants receive a manual and other useful resources relevant to their sector for each module and a log book so they can record their training and experiences ready for a portfolio of evidence to help with future accreditation.
  • We can design tailor-made courses for your staff or team on any aspect of a restorative approach – from community building  and inter-personal conflict resolution to facilitation of large group problem-solving circles.
  • We can offer be-spoke training to help you prepare for, and gain, the RJC Quality Mark for your institution or organisation

 

Click on the following links to find out more.

Module 1   Awareness raising

Module 2   Preparing individuals for face to face restorative meetings

Module 3   Learning how to facilitate face to face meetings and ‘mini-conferences’

Module 4   Restorative Conferencing

Module 5   Taking the next steps 

We are making things much easier this year and simplifying our fee system.

Our courses and seminars will now cost only £120 per person, per day, plus VAT and any expenses our trainers incur travelling and staying away from home.

This represents amazing value, not least because for 3 and 5 day courses we offer a package of resources for each participant worth over £30.

This price structure applies for a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 14, for courses we deliver at a venue you have organised. If you book for 14 we will offer you 2 more places free.

For our regular open-access course, at our venue, follow the link further up this page.

 

Module 1   Awareness raising

A 1 day course during which you will:

  • learn what restorative justice and restorative practice is all about, and what they can bring to your work
  • gain an overview of how a restorative ethos can transform relationships across your whole institution/workplace
  • reflect on what you are already doing well and how ‘restorative’ you are already with friends, family, colleagues and service users (ie students; residents etc)
  • experience the power of circle process and consider how different types of circle can be used to build, maintain and repair relationships
  • share your own understanding and experience with like-minded colleagues by working in pairs, small groups and ‘in the round’
  • assess the extent of skills training you and your colleagues will need for your day to day roles and make an action plan for implementation and sustainability

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Module 2   Preparing individuals for face to face restorative meetings 

A 1 day course during which you will:

  • learn about 5 key themes that may change the way you think about conflict and challenge, and that underpin all restorative conversations and  meetings
  • review your own listening habits, understand  what gets in the way of your non-judgemental active listening skills and learn how to overcome these challenges
  • learn more about how to create trust and rapport so people can ‘lower the waterline’ and express their thoughts, feelings and needs
  • ensure your own language keep communication flowing and does not shut it down, even in difficult situations

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Module 3   Learning how to facilitate face to face meetings and ‘mini-conferences’

Our model is unique in that it blends the best of what is often called ‘mediation’ with the best of ‘restorative justice conferencing’ and can be used where someone admits causing harm to others, but also where both sides are blaming each other for the problem.

A 1 day course during which you will:

  • learn how to facilitate small restorative meetings between

a) 2 people in conflict
b) when one person has caused harm to another.

  • develop your  own self, and peer, assessment skills to enhance your learning after each meeting you facilitate
  • consider the protocols and policy changes necessary for establishing this type of response to behavioural issues, disciplinary issues and complaints in your own workplace

 This course is an essential requirement for any staff likely to be supporting people to resolve relatively minor disagreements, disruption and conflict.

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Module 4   Restorative Conferencing

This course develops and consolidates the practice introduced in Module 3.

A 1 day course during which you will:

  • learn how to prepare for and facilitate restorative meetings between

a) a group of people who share a problem
b) a group of people who have been affected by harmful behaviour

  • consider the protocols and policy changes necessary for establishing this type of response to behavioural issues, disciplinary issues and complaints in your own workplace.

 This course is an essential requirement for any staff likely to be supporting groups of people (classes, staff teams, families, groups of residents) to resolve issues of conflict or when someone has caused significant harm or distress to another.

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Module 5 Taking the next steps

A 1 day course during which you will:

  • learn about the key principles for effective cultural and behavioural change
  • ensure that your approach to implementation is informed by restorative principles so you learn to ‘be the change you want to see’
  • explore how to prepare for, understand and overcome resistance and challenge
  • benefit from  case studies of implementation relevant to your own sector
  • draw up a draft action plan for implementation and sustainability

 This 1 day seminar enables senior leaders who have attended Modules 1 – 4 to take stock and consider the next steps for implementing a restorative approach in their particular environment.

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Continuing Professional Development and Advanced Skills training

 Our own CPD programme includes:

  • Restorative Leadership – this can be delivered as both an introductory event and also as an extension session for senior managers click here for details
  • Working with vulnerable and troubled families click here for details
  • Advanced facilitation skills – working with vulnerable people and/or people with special needs  – contact us to discuss your particular needs

one to one trainingThe Restorative Justice Council is launching an exciting CPD programme in the Autumn of 2013 and Belinda Hopkins has offered to run 2 of the events as a way of supporting the RJC and reaching out to new audiences. Download the full programme Here. Bookings for all of these events is through the RJC Eventbrite links in the programme.

We have designed our course as a series of modules, lasting one or two days each. Each module builds on the concepts and skills learnt in the previous one. Participants are issued with a log book to record their attendance at each course and their experience of restorative practice. Evidence of attendance at the previous module is required in order to sign up for the next one.

 

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We are a Registered Training Provider with the Restorative Justice Council, and adhere to the RJC Trainers  Code of Practice which means that all courses are based on the Best Practice Guidelines for Restorative Practitioners and the appropriate National Occupational Standards for Restorative Practice for that module. Director Belinda Hopkins has been part of working groups with both the Home Office and the RJC to help shape both the Best Practice Guidelines for Restorative Practitioners and the National Occupational Standards for Restorative Practice. She is one of the first people in the country to gain the prestigious Accredited Practitioner award, and so she can now use her knowledge and experience to support others gain the award.

 

 

Principles of Restorative Practice

Best Practice Guidelines for Restorative Practitioners

National Occupational Standards for Restorative Practice

Principles of Restorative Practice in Schools

 

However we offer more than is suggested in the Trainers’ Code of Practice because we believe that to become a truly restorative environment everyone needs a certain level of skill. When the Code was first developed it only focussed on restorative meetings when harm has been caused.

We explain HERE how our course structure relates to the RJC Trainers’ Code of Practice requirements so that commissioners can compare us with what other training providers offer. Please do not hesitate to ring us for a chat about your requirements however. We pride ourselves in designing courses to meet your particular needs.

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