Community & Criminal Justice Courses

Contact us to arrange a private training session for your organization, agency, or workplace. Choose from the courses below, or work with us to design a custom training to meet your needs. Individuals interested in these topics are invited to contact us to stay informed of upcoming Public Training Seminars in your area of interest.

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JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING: Understanding Psychological Trauma and Recovery

(2-3 days)
This introductory course draws together the fields of neurobiology, psychology, social science, restorative justice and spirituality into a unique and practical framework for trauma healing. Through presentation, dialogue and self-reflection participants will consider a variety of questions.

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THE HEART OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: Building the Core of Reflective Practice

(2 days)
Crime and conflict result in harm to people. Restorative justice seeks to heal and right the wrongs, focusing on the needs of the harmed and those responsible for the harm. Restorative justice programs often employ facilitated dialogue processes such as Conferencing, Mediation and Circles to meet these goals. But beyond the models of practice, effectiveness depends upon the mindset, values and skills of the practitioner.

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INVITING DIALOGUE: Facilitating Victim Offender Encounters

(3 days)
Victim Offender Dialogue brings together those involved and affected by an offence in an effort to repair harm done, foster direct accountability, create safe space for personal narratives, and heal broken relationships. Drawing on CJI's 25 years experience convening victim offender dialogue at all levels of justice, this hands-on course will guide participants through the nuances of facilitating these processes with youth and adult participants. Professional coaches will provide trainees with individualized instruction and feedback following role plays and intensive skill development.

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CLEARING THE LENS: Integrating Neuroscience and Restorative Justice

(2-3 days)
Cutting edge developments in Neuroscience are providing valuable insights into the field of Restorative Justice. This advanced two day course brings together these two fields to shed new light on critical issues related to Restorative Justice practitioners, participants and processes.

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FAMILY GROUP CONFERENCING, NEW ZEALAND STYLE: A Transformative Approach to Youth Justice

(3-5 days)
Families and communities can play important roles in incidents involving youth harm and violence. The web of relationships in which individuals are embedded may sometimes contribute to harmful behavior, but can also be a key to meeting the needs that emerge from harmful events. Working creatively with families, community members and service providers can help not only to transform the lives of victims and perpetrators of harm, but also to rebuild the fabric of society.

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Moving Toward Values-Congruence in Our Work with Offenders 

(1.5 days)
Eliciting meaningful responsibility from those who cause harm is an essential component of effective restorative justice practice. It can also be complex.  Perhaps we hear too little responsibility from an offender, and this risks disappointing, if not re-victimizing, those who have been harmed. Or maybe we so desire to hear maximal responsibility that we end up being coercive, or worse. 

This workshop will address the following areas:

  • Identifying and working with barriers to responsibility-taking
  • Facilitator qualities that foster the movement toward responsibility
  • How facilitators get in the way of responsibility-taking
  • Assisting offenders to find and develop empathy toward the victim

Emphasis will be placed on our work in case development or pre-conference meetings with offenders. This workshop will balance lecture, discussions, exercises, and practice opportunities. Participants will learn an approach to seeking offender responsibility that is informed not only by restorative justice values and priorities, but also by current theory/research in the fields of psychology and violence prevention. 



(1 day)
Shame is often one of the most powerful emotions experienced by victims and offenders in the aftermath of crime and yet, historically, restorative justice has struggled with how best to deal with participants’ shame. Shame is difficult for many people to acknowledge, let alone work with effectively. This workshop examines:

  • Current theory and research about shame
  • How shame is experienced by victims and offenders
  • How to work sensitively and actively with the shame that victims and offenders experience
  • How practitioners may inadvertently add to participants’ shame despite good intentions

This workshop is a combination of interactive, lecture, small-group work, and individual reflection. The focus will be on working with participants’ shame in individual meetings prior to any face-to-face/dialogue process.



(2-3 days)
Many restorative justice programs and practitioners are being asked to deal with more and more cases involving physical violence. Yet working constructively with the presence of violence in a case may require facilitator tools and approaches that differ substantially from working with non-violent offences. This course is aimed at giving practitioners increased comfort and effectiveness in this challenging area.

This workshop will address:

  • What violence is, and is not
  • How violence impacts victims
  • What factors lead to the choice to use violence
  • What victims, offenders and others need from us as facilitators, in cases of violence
  • How to integrate theory into practice



(1.5 days)
The impacts of violence on victims and survivors are often life-altering. How we respond to this reality, as RJ practitioners, will fundamentally shape not only the quality and nature of victims' experience of restorative justice but, far more importantly, how valuable the process will be in their movement forward. This workshop weaves together the worlds of practice, theory, and research in order to identify some salient elements of a restorative justice approach to working with victims of violence.

Among the topics covered in this workshop:

  • Victim responses, trauma-related and otherwise, to the experience of violence
  • Existing and emerging concerns from the victim community about how the RJ community generally is working with them
  • Exposure to research and testimony about what victims of violence need from a restorative and just response to violent victimization, and what qualities of practitioner presence are considered helpful to recovery

Participants will learn sensitive, respectful, and informed approaches to working with those who have experienced violence. This training is a combination of lecture, small-group work, individual reflection, and roleplay practice.


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