It’s no surprise to anyone who attends a faith community that conflict is present there! Often community members don’t know how to address such conflicts, which can result in resentment, passive aggressive communication, sabotage, and members leaving the community. GCC can provide training for groups and coaching for particular community members in how to understand conflicts as an opportunity for putting spiritual principles into practice. With GCC’s support, communities can develop restorative responses that utilize conflicts as feedback and make the community stronger instead of weaker.
This one-day skills workshop is for teachers, school administrators, youth workers, youth, and other professionals who wish to incorporate restorative circles as a proactive tool to build community. The circle keeper’s role is to initiate a space that is respectful and safe, and to engage participants in sharing responsibility for the space and for their collective work. Participants will learn the underlying assumptions, primary features, and basic process of Proactive Restorative Circles through direct experience and reflection. Participants will then have the opportunity to practice designing and keeping circles, to receive feedback on their skills and to receive an assessment of their readiness to apply circles to their work. On the basis of feedback and assessments, most participants will be ready to serve as keepers for basic community building circles as an outcome. More advanced responsive circle keeping requires additional training.
Prerequisites: The Restorative Practice Primer training or similar introductory training is a prerequisite to attending this training. If you have questions, please contact us.