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Mediation training

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.


 

What can I do to make my community a more peaceful pathway?

Conflict Resolution Day

Conflict Resolution Day was conceived in 2005 by the Association for Conflict Resolution to:

Promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict; Promote the use of conflict resolution in schools, families, businesses, communities, governments and the legal system;

Recognize the significant contributions of (peaceful) conflict resolvers; and

Obtain national synergy by having celebrations happen across the country and around the world on the same day.

“Be the change you wish to see…”

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.

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

Mediator training

Announcement

October mediation training

R E S T O R E, Inc. (formerly “VORP”, the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program of Southeastern South Dakota) will hold a second “Introduction to Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender Mediation Training on Friday, October 30th from 6-10 p.m. and concluding Saturday, October 31st 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Sessions will be held at East Side Lutheran Church, 1300 E. 10th Street in Sioux Falls.

mediation-classroom-colorThe 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.

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.

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Grounded in restorative justice, the training draws also from transformative model of conflict resolution refined by Baruch Bush and Joe Folger in The Promise of Mediation in 1994. Participants will leave the training 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 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. 

circleRegistration Form August 2009. Visit our website and fill out a contact form.  Call RESTORE at 605-338-6020.  Or send an e-mail to  restore-sd@sio.midco.net. Participation in both sessions is highly recommended, although not mandatory.  If you have a conflict, please contact the director.

Advanced Training Announcement