This training will prepare you to facilitate conversations between youth offenders and crime victims who wish to sit together and discuss what happened, the impacts of the offense, and what can be done by the youth to work toward making things right. Some days will focus on Restorative Justice principles and others will focus on facilitating the dialogue process and practice.
By the end of the training, participants will have:
- explored the Juvenile Justice System as practiced by Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties
- practiced communication skills important for engaging clients and for facilitating restorative justice processes
- collectively reflected on the values which define justice for victims, offenders, and communities
- applied restorative justice values and principles to different crime scenarios reflected on personal strengths, weaknesses, motives, and biases which may help or hinder the ability to be effective facilitators in restorative justice processes
- examined the facilitator’s role, knowledge and skills necessary to effectively support crime victims, and youth offenders before and during restorative justice processes
- learned, engaged with, and practiced facilitating Victim Offender Dialogues
- critically assessed the role of impartiality in restorative justice facilitation
This training is open to participants who are interested in volunteer opportunities in Clackamas, Multnomah, and/or Washington County.
If you have questions, contact Lead Trainer Erin Ruff at 503.655.8852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.