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Georgia Conflict Center

OUR WORK IS BASED IN RESTORATIVE PRINCIPLES

Georgia Conflict Center offers training programs and workshops in schools, businesses, jails, and many others. Our primary focus is education based on restorative principles, in order to break the cycle of violence plaguing many communities.

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Spring 2020 Restorative Circles Workshop

Friday, April 3 and Friday, April 17, 2020 8:00am-4pm

$250

Spring 2020 Restorative Circles Workshop

Georgia Conflict Center (GCC) is facilitating a 2-day Restorative Circles workshop for Athens-area community partners who want to learn the basics of restorative circles for their community or school-based work.  The two-day workshop will take place on Friday, April 3 and Friday, April 17, 2020.

This two-day practice-based workshop is for teachers, youth workers, school support staff, and other professionals who wish to incorporate restorative circles into the work of their school/organization/agency. The workshops focus on the foundations of restorative justice principles and the fundamentals of restorative circles: proactive community-building circles (Day 1), and responsive processes to holistically address harm and conflict (Day 2). Participants will learn the basic elements of restorative circles and  practice designing and keeping circles using real experiences and case studies. Participants will receive feedback on facilitation, sample circle flow templates to edit, and think creatively with fellow community and school-based practitioners about how best to begin implementing these processes.


Day 1 (April 3, 2020): The first day of the workshop will focus on proactive circles to build community and address harm when the stakes are low.  Through the dialectic of experience and reflection, participants will learn to facilitate community-building circles to promote dialogue, relationship building and affective communication.  


Day 2 (April 17, 2020): The second day of the workshop will delve deeper into responsive processes as a way of holistically addressing harm and as an alternative to punitive discipline. Together we will explore the foundational elements of responding to harm in a restorative way, and build sample circle templates to use for basic responsive conferences and circles.  


In order to participate in the training, we ask for your agreement with the following:

  • Participation in both days of the training;
  • A commitment to observation of two responsive restorative circles and being observed as a facilitator of two responsive restorative circles before facilitating a circle by myself;
  • A commitment to find a co-facilitator (fellow teacher, aid, student, school staff, community member, etc) as often as possible;
  • A commitment to ask for help when/if cases arise which you feel under-resourced to facilitate on your own (i.e. cases involving extreme harm, multi-year history of conflict, embedded family conflict, etc) so that everyone is adequately supported (including yourself!) and the restorative processes are upheld with integrity.


Dates: Friday, April 3 and Friday, April 17, 2020

Times: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Oconee Street UMC Fellowship Hall, located at 595 Oconee Street, Athens, Ga  30605.

Cost: $250 (scholarships available based on need.  Please speak to Danny Malec)


Daniel Malec

Restorative Schools Program Manager

Georgia Conflict Center

(706) 206-7472

our approach

Georgia Conflict Center Circle Keeping

Two related approaches to conflict and harm underlie most of GCC’s work: Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Justice. These two are used in a wide variety of settings, but because they are based on human nature, learning in any context often has a carryover effect. Many times participants at a school workshop have said, “I can use this with my husband (or kids, coworker, etc.)!”

Nonviolent Communication was developed by Marshall Rosenberg, a former psychologist who sought ways to make the work of Carl Rogers and others accessible on a larger scale. Influenced by Paulo Freire’s liberatory pedagogy, Rosenberg worked in neighborhoods, jails, schools, businesses, and many other places to help people understand the concept of universal human needs and their connection to our emotions. NVC helps us understand the reasons why we and others make certain choices, and a way to address things that are not supporting us in making our lives more wonderful.

Restorative Justice is an umbrella term for a wide variety of practices (some very ancient) that address community building and how communities deal with conflict and harm. At its heart restorative justice is about determining who has been harmed, what their needs are, and how to meet those needs communally. In the West its modern applications (often informed by indigenous practices) started in the context of juvenile justice, but has expanded to include schools, neighborhoods, businesses and other communities.

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