Private Training 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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VITAL CONVERSATIONS: Turning Conflict into Opportunity in Life and Work

(1-2 Days)
Conflict is a natural part of day-to-day life. While conflict can be destructive, understanding its dynamics and having the skills to engage in productive dialogue can lead to positive and empowering outcomes. With a few simple tools, the quality of our interactions in conversation, problem-solving and conflict can be dramatically improved.

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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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WEAVING THE WEB: The Classroom as a Community of Care

Challenging student behaviours can often be traced to breakdowns in social relationships. Our task, then, is that of building the social and emotional skills that create a sense of belonging, and that make the necessity of ‘intervention’ in harmful situations less common. This interactive one-day workshop helps educators make the shift from managing behaviours to building and repairing relationships.”

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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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(2 Days)
We have all seen the ways in which conflict can be expressed destructively, whether within families, workplaces, communities, or on the international political scene. Yet conflict can also be an important window into the patterns of relationships, institutions and social structures within which we all live. Visible expressions of conflict may have their roots in unspoken social norms, power dynamics related to race, economic privilege or gender, systems of inclusion and exclusion within organizations, and other intangible factors. With this in mind, our goal becomes less to "resolve" conflict than to harness the energy of conflict to promote larger-scale social or institutional change through life-giving and non-violent means.

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(2-4 Days)
Building a safe and vibrant school learning environment requires that we look beyond disciplinary approaches that rely solely on isolation and punishment. Incidents of conflict and harm provide important opportunities for the development of social skills and positive values. Restorative justice philosophy and practice gives frustrated parents and educators alike new strategies for effectively addressing challenging behaviours and the issues which underlie them.

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