We are planning on offering: “victim-offender mediation training, an introduction to restorative justice” on the first Friday and Saturday in October. (Dates subject to availability at East Side Lutheran, Sioux Falls.) Stay tuned for updates!
As in the past, training will be held over two days, beginning Friday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sessions will be held at East Side Lutheran Church, 1300 E. 10th Street in Sioux Falls. Due to the possibility of offering CEU credits, total cost is being determined but it will cover all course materials, supplies and a light lunch at the Saturday session. For those interested in serving as volunteer mediators in the program for at least six months, partial tuition is refundable. As always, scholarships are available.
Training will be led by Dr. John Gehm, former Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of South Dakota and the Director of Restore. (For more information click on his bio, to the right.)
Grounded in restorative justice, the training draws also from transformative model of conflict resolution. Training is active and participants will leave with an understanding of “the language of conflict,” approaches to resolving conflict which recognize and empower all participants, and the skills, techniques and confidence which will enable them to serve as volunteer mediators in the victim-offender mediation program 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. Please call Restore for more information and to reserve your place.
If you need a place to stay, lodging can be arranged with local hosts with sufficient lead time.
So, save the date. Registration will be limited to 20.