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.
The Georgia Conflict Center invites you to our upcoming School-based Restorative Practices Virtual Training Series, which will take place via 5 asynchronous training modules and 5 synchronous Zoom sessions.
The virtual training, and associated reading, reflection and Group Zoom sessions, will total nearly 16 hours of training, depending on how deeply you engage the reading and reflection components. The asynchronous training modules will include:
1. An introduction to School-based Restorative Practices and the Fundamentals of a Whole-School Approach to Restorative Practices Implementation
2. Overview of Community-building Circles as a Foundational Tier 1 practice to building positive school culture
3. Strengthening your Restorative Mindset: An intentional focus on your thoughts and beliefs as a pathway to build healthy relationships and a productive learning environment
4. Overview and Applications of the Responsive Restorative Circle Process for dealing with conflict, harm and wrongdoing
5. Creating Restorative Spaces - a Trauma-informed Approach to Discipline and Culture
Following each asynchronous training module, we will convene a Zoom Session to delve deeper into the material presented in the asynchronous training module.
The cost of the training is $300. However, we do not want cost to be an obstacle, so please let us know via the registration form below if you would like to seek scholarship support.
We will release the virtual training modules weekly beginning the week of March 15 and all Zoom sessions will take place weekly for 5 weeks beginning the week of March 22 and ending the week of April 26 (there will not be a Zoom session over the week of April 5).
If you are interested in taking advantage of this Virtual Training opportunity, please fill out this form and we will follow up with you at our earliest convenience.
Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you in Circle!
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.