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Restorative Practices

Five Days (40 Credit Hours)

This course provides an overview of restorative justice as an inclusive, respectful, accountable and voluntary way of addressing harm that occurs from a specific offense. 

It will describe the various ways in which restorative practices can transform your world by bringing people together to connect and, in a deeply meaningful way, solve problems and address harm that arises from conflict.  

The broad application of restorative practices to the work place, communities, faith groups, schools and families will be addressed with particular emphasis on the use of both proactive and responsive circles, among other approaches. 

There will be opportunities for you to learn theory, process, to develop skills and to practice within a variety of scenarios. You will also be learning and role-playing Peacemaking Circles. 

Upcoming Course Dates

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the philosophy, values and guiding principles of Restorative Justice as well as its application within the criminal justice system
  • Understand the paradigm shift required to move from a punitive to restorative mindset
  • Identify the various techniques and approaches that make up the spectrum of Restorative Practices and realize under which circumstance they are best utilized
  • Examine the qualities of a competent Restorative Practice facilitator and appreciate the ethical considerations informing processes that involve bringing people together when harm has occurred
  • Learn theory and discuss concepts through a literature review
  • Understand the importance of preparing parties for a Restorative Dialogue and explore and practice the elements of case development
  • Learn Circle Processes including Proactive and Responsive Circles
  • Build the elements of a Circle Process framed by opening and closing ceremonies, values, guidelines and framing questions
  • Explore the possible applications for RP in schools, in the workplace, in neighbourhoods, in other organizations and as a way of empowering citizens in democratic processes

Who Should Take This Course

  • Individuals interested in the principles and practices of restorative justice 
  • Outreach workers wanting to learn the circle process for use in their work
  • Community leaders open to learning new ways of using restorative practices
  • Mediators and facilitators wishing to add restorative work to their practice


Joanne Munro is an experienced circle facilitator and is a volunteer with the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre (MRJC) in their victim-offender Restorative Dialogue program.

"Joanne is very experienced in restorative practices and that came through clearly. She taught supportively and had a masterful closing."
 -Walt B.

Course Fees

Cost for this course is $1500 plus GST.

Course Requirements

ADRIA membership is required to take this courses.

There is no pre-requisite training for this course.

This course is 5 days in length; full attendance is required to receive a certificate of course completion.

Course Materials

Course materials, including a learners manual, will be provided on the first day of class.

Recommended Reading Prior to Training 

Learning Format

This course uses presentations by the instructor, circle work, and emphasizes group discussion and roleplaying.

Program Certificate Credits

Upon successful completion, this course will count as 40 hours of specialized training towards ADRIA's Program Certificate in Conflict Leadership.

ADR Designation Qualification

This course qualifies as 40 hours of specialized training toward a Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) or Chartered Mediator (C.Med) professional designation.

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