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Restorative Community Conferences (RCCs) are a specific modality of RJ, based on the Family Group Conferencing model of New Zealand. Through Restorative Community Conferences, those who have been harmed are centered, and their needs for repair and moving forward deeply inform the process. Those who have broken a law or violated a policy are guided through the process to consider the harms and impacts of their actions; to take accountability and commit to a plan for restitution and transformation. 

This in-depth training will guide participants through every step of the Restorative Community Conference, from initial outreach to the completion of the restitution plan. Through practice, participants will gain the experience and confidence to hold RCCs in their schools, communities, and organizations. The training introduces strategies for building the right infrastructure for integrating RCCs into disciplinary and support structures. Our trainers have years of experience facilitating RCCs in different environments, and look forward to envisioning with participants how to engage the RCC model in ways that increase our responsiveness to harm.

Note: in response to social distancing guidelines, we will hold this training online, in 2-hour sessions over a  5-day period. To make the most of the experience, participants will prepare for the training by completing several readings and watching short films, and will be asked to complete homework between sessions.

Who is this training for? 

This training is designed for people who have some foundational experience with Restorative Practices, Community Building Circles, or “Tier I” processes. If you are already doing Restorative Community Conferencing in your spaces, this can be a great refresher.

Topics covered:

  • What is a Restorative Community Conference (RCC)?

  • Origins of RCCs

  • How to Set Up and Run an RCC

  • Preparation & Steps of the Conference 

  • What Are Agreements in an RCC?

  • Paperwork: Confidentiality Statements, MOUs 

  • Post-Conference Evaluation 

  • Conference Preparation Checklist  

  • and more!

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