Victim-offender mediation training has been set for Friday August 14th from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, August 15th from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Training will be held at East Side Lutheran Church, 1300 E. 10th Street in Sioux Falls.
The cost is $45 which covers all course materials, supplies and a light lunch at the Saturday session. For those who are selected and who are willing to commit to serving as volunteer mediators in the program for at least six months, $25 will be returned. Training scholarships are available. Please inquire.
Training will be facilitated by experienced mediators, led by Dr. John Gehm, former Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of South Dakota and the Director of RESTORE. Gehm has been a researcher, mediator and trainer for over 20 years.
Grounded in the basic principles of restorative justice, the training also incorporates the transformative model of conflict resolution. Participants will leave the training with an understanding of “the language of conflict,” approaches to resolving conflict which recognize and empower the participants, and the skills and techniques which will enable them to serve as volunteer mediators in the victim-offender mediation program through RESTORE, if desired. The training is open to the general public, including youth and elders. No prior mediation experience is required, just an interest in learning more about peaceful solutions to conflict and opportunities to apply it.
Pre-registration is required. Please fill out the Contact form or call the Restore offices at 338-6020. Space is limited.