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Restore to offer June Mediator Training

‘Introduction to Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender Mediation’

Restore will offer mediation training to the public on Tuesday, June 21st from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, continuing on Thursday, June 23rd from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and concluding on Saturday, June 25th, 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 training workshop will also include an introduction to the approach to crime and conflict resolution known as restorative justice.  It is open to all members of the community.

The training draws also on 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. Participants will leave the training with an understanding of “the language of conflict,” approaches to resolving conflict which recognize and empower the participants, and with skills and techniques that will enable them to apply their learning with groups, business, and relationships.

Pre-registration is required.  Additional information and registration forms may be downloaded here.

Cost is $35 which will cover cost of supplies.  Fees are payable in advance with registration.  Those who attend all three sessions will receive a copy of Howard Zehr’s  The Little Book of Restorative Justice.  Scholarships are available.

Training will be 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 and also serves on the board of directors of the National Association for Community Mediation.

Pre-registration is required. Registration forms can be downloaded from the website.  Call Restore 605-338-6020, send an e-mail to  restore-sd@sio.midco.net or use the “Contact Us” page to obtain more information.


 

Encountering Forgiveness Workshop

Forgiveness Workshop at University of Sioux Falls

The University of Sioux Falls presents “Encountering Forgiveness,” a workshop led by Dr. John Gehm, on April 15-16.  Through exploratory exercises and skill building, participants will learn to  apply “practical forgiveness”—in its spiritual, ethical, psychological, and interpersonal dimensions.  Workshop hours are Friday from 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Cost is $120 for credit, and $40 for non credit.  Call 331-6781 to register.  Or call John Gehm at 338-6020 for more information

Burning Bridges

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Information Night

A restorative justice information night will be held on Thursday, March 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in meeting room A at the downtown public library in Sioux Falls.

The event will open at 6:30 with a 35-minute documentary film shown at 7:00. The film, “Burning Bridges,” will be followed by a question and answer time with refreshments.

Burning Bridges recounts the aftermath of the arson of an historic wooden covered bridge by six local young men in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The focus is on the restorative conference that dealt with the shock and outrage of the community and how the young men were held accountable, as well as the fear and grief experienced by the perpetrators and their families in this small community.

The film provides an excellent introduction to restorative justice, which seeks to repair the harm done to victims of crime and hold offenders accountable in a meaningful, rehabilitative way. Restorative justice can also be used to resolve disputes in schools, churches, businesses, neighborhoods, and families. Information will be available on upcoming mediation workshop opportunities.

The event is sponsored by RESTORE, Inc., a non-profit organization which provides mediation services in southeastern South Dakota. For details, call (605) 338-6020 or email Restore-SD@sio.midco.net

Introduction to Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender Mediation

The Restore organization will be offering victim-offender mediation training to the public on Friday, October 1st from 6-10 p.m. and concluding on Saturday, October 2nd 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 workshop will also include an introduction to restorative justice.  Restorative justice is an approach to harm and conflict which attempts to involve, to the greatest extent possible, those who have a stake in the offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.

Cost is only $95, payable in advance with registration.  Tuition covers the entire two-days of training, all course materials, supplies, and a light lunch on Saturday.  Those who are interested in serving as mediators in the programs offered by Restore are encouraged to also attend the Advanced Mediation Training currently scheduled for December.  Scholarships for both trainings are available.

Training will be facilitated by experienced mediators, and 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.

The training also draws on 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 with skills and techniques that will enable them to apply their learning with groups, business, and relationships.  The training is open to the general public, including high school age 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. Registration forms can be downloaded here.  Call the Restore offices 605-338-6020 for more information.

Application for CEU credits for Social Work and Education has been made.

Calling a circle…

What does it mean when we say, “We’re calling a circle?” In the context of restorative practices I take it to mean that we are clearing a space where community can enter.  It may or it may not choose to do so.  But sitting in circle is the best we’ve got to silence the din and distraction of daily life and risk finding out that beneath whatever differences we may have on the surface we are connected deeply by what we have in common.   Authentic community is rare and it is safe.  It is the opposite of that place we mostly inhabit filled with masks, anxiety, invisibility, power and imbalance.   Circles done well open a place for empathy, respect, empowerment, and direct communication for authentic ‘human being.’  Restorative circles are used for sentencing, for reconciliation, for healing, for celebration, for talking and for educating.

A small group of folks are visiting Sioux Falls from Brookings over their Spring Break.  They have visited the prisons, the food ministries and shelters and many other ministries of social justice.  Some of us from Restore talked with them at lunch today about restorative justice and restorative practices.  “How can mere storytelling be so powerful?”

I believe we learn by doing.  Thursday evening we’re going to hold a teaching/learning circle.  What is justice?  What is vengeance? What is reconciliation?  How are we connected to them?  How are we connected through them?

We are inviting all who are interested in learning how circles work, who want to honestly and fearlessly explore a difficult yet personal subject to join us.  Although it is short notice, we decided that it is much better to learn by doing than learn by risking nothing.

Learn with us tomorrow evening from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm at East Side Lutheran Church (located at 1300 E. 10th St—near northeast corner of Cliff and 10th).

There is no charge; we just thought it was a good idea.  And as the wise ones say, whoever comes are the right ones.

John Gehm, Director

Restore, Inc

1300 E. 10th St.

Sioux Falls, SD  57103

605-338-6020

Restore-SD@sio.midco.net

www.Restore-SD.org


Training Friday and Saturday

trainingVictim-Offender Mediation Training offered this weekend.

Our last training class was held in August 2009.

Restore will hold a new victim-offender mediation training on Friday, October 30th from 6-10 p.m. and concluding on Saturday, October 31st from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Sessions will be held at East Side Lutheran Church, 1300 E. 10th Street in Sioux Falls.  The training workshop will also include an introduction to the approach to crime and conflict resolution known as restorative justice.

When individuals break the law they harm their victims, society, and themselves. Restorative justice is about healing and addressing wrongs that have been committed and repairing the relationships in the community.

This two-part training will apply the principles of restorative justice to prepare participants to facilitate structured dialogues between selected juvenile and/or adult offenders and their victims. These dialogues offer a crime victim the opportunity to explain how he or she has been affected by a crime and to ask the offender questions like, “Why me?” and “Will you do this again?” Participation empowers victims, offering them closure and providing peace of mind.

The cost is $50 which covers all course materials, supplies and a light lunch at the Saturday session. For those who are selected and who are interested in serving as volunteer mediators in the program for at least six months, $25 may be refunded.  Training scholarships are available.

Pre-registration is required. Registration forms can be downloaded here.  Call Restore 605-338-6020, or send an e-mail to restore-sd@sio.midco.net