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‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org or use the “Contact Us” page to obtain more information.