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Training manuals developed by various groups from around the world.

Lynette Parker on What have I done? A victim empathy programme for young people
Dear Rosina, The book is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and is available from them for $49.00. The link to learn more is Blessings, [...]
Rosina Williams on What have I done? A victim empathy programme for young people
We are in the process to develop a manual for first time offenders and troubled youth. It seems as this book will help us a [...]
Developing restorative justice circle intuition
from the entry by Kris Miner in Restorative Justice and Circles: The first step is to gain knowledge, the ‘how to’ of a Restorative Justice Circle. Then you develop experience, those experiences lend to your understanding and ability to predict what happens. Pour in some passion, some real care and authenticity to your work and you’ll develop an effective style of Circle Keeping. That blends to provide Circle intuition.
Your grace with sorrow informs your restorative justice approach
from the entry by Kris Miner on Restorative Justice and Circles: ....The type of “informed” work that influences practitioners, the topic of this blog, comes down to the way we carry our own sorrow. I think this impacts the manner and approach with we use with victims, offenders, and community members. From the range of simple to extremely complex cases, our own sorrows (and the grace of which we carry sorrow) comes along to our facilitation experiences. The experiences we have a facilitator also inform our ability to carry sorrow with grace. At a meeting of severe crime and violence victim-offender dialogue facilitator, after staffing a facilitator briefly reflected “it is like holding two spirits in your hands”. I later affirmed her approach, and respect the deep grace she does her work. Severe crime cases transform you as an individual, you walk along side people, hear deep suffering. This article about Healing Burnout, focused on Mindfulness Communication, which includes discussing “being with suffering”. This way of being with suffering, when you facilitate a process of severe crime, can cause to you need deep self-care, in order to avoid or address burnout. How we handle these as practitioners informs how we facilitate and handle further cases.
I agree
I also am curious about how the facilitator processes the emotion that they experience. I become invested in a solution and the participants should not [...]
Considering consequences
by Lynette Parker I enjoy restorative conferencing. I've been awed by the way people share their hearts and address the harms they've caused or experienced. While not everyone will go into a conference, I like offering an opportunity. I've learned that I can serve just by listening to stories when people aren't interested in the conference process. They are interested in someone who will listen to them.
Considering consequences
by Lynette Parker I enjoy restorative conferencing. I've been awed by the way people share their hearts and address the harms they've caused or experienced. While not everyone will go into a conference, I like offering an opportunity. I've learned that I can serve just by listening to stories when people aren't interested in the conference process. They are interested in someone who will listen to them.
Can I cry?
by Lynette Parker I have a confession to make. I cry at the drop of a hat. Movies, television shows, commercials, stories – it doesn’t matter. I can be in tears in 0.2 seconds. So, it may be a surprise to folks that know me to learn that I don’t cry when I’m facilitating. I’m tempted at times, but I haven’t actually shed tears during a conference. I’ve been thinking about this recently after a training event in Panama where several Prison Fellowship leaders were talking about facilitating the Sycamore Tree Project®. The training had been intense with personal stories and a lot of tears. In the middle of all the sharing, one of the leaders asked if it was okay for the facilitator to cry.
A need to talk
by Lynette Parker “He never talked to us and we were friends.” I recently heard this statement several times from a couple whose teenage son was killed in a vehicular accident. The “he” they referred to was the driver of the vehicle who had been their neighbour at the time. Throughout the hour long preconference, they continually repeated their hurt and disappointment that the offender had not offered condolences or talked to them since the accident. That lack of communication just seemed to weigh on this couple as they struggled with their grief.
Releasing control
by Lynette Parker As a facilitator, I occasionally face situations that give me pause. Do I really want to facilitate this case? Am I competent to facilitate such a case? There are times I walk into the situation with real concerns and doubts, but simply have to trust the process.
What's wrong with this picture: Thief stole laptop after apologising to victim
from the article in The Telepgraph: Editor's Note: Alright, boys and girls. What mistakes were made in this case? A thief forced to apologise to his victim for stealing his laptop under a restorative justice programme stole the man's replacement computer during the visit. Months earlier Ivan Barker, 21, had stolen a laptop and cigarettes from wheelchair-bound Jean Jacque Mathely.
Practitioner Register launched in UK
by Lizzie Nelson The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) has launched a new Practitioner Register. This has been a long time in coming – the RJC worked since 2004 on Best Practice Guidance, which finally in 2010 was turned into National Occupational Standards (these exist across all sectors in the UK, so are a benchmark of skills and knowledge). Based on this we have now been able to develop Practitioner Registration. Pracititioners will be able to register with the RJC either by taking an award based on the National Occupational Standards (an award that assesses both their knowledge and their skills on the job) or by providing direct evidence to us that their practice meets the National Occupational Standards (a kind of grandfathering system, if that means anything to you!).
What Have I done
Jean, Thanks for your comments. It's great to hear about such experiences as they can help all of us as we look for ways to [...]
"What Have I Done"
We (Turning Point Partners) is about to use this book as part of a diversion process. In preparing the team to facilitate a training of [...]
What have I done? A victim empathy programme for young people
by Eric Assur This book is very practice oriented. It looks and feels like a workbook. The accompanying DVD is to help with didactic use with groups of teens. The professionals Wallis acknowledges as having helped him are largely probation or ‘youth offending service’ professionals in the United Kingdom. The Canadian, Australian, or United States reader immediately notes that the spelling of the Kings Language is of the British or UK variety. Regardless of spelling, this book is a simple, easy to use workbook to guide the skilled and the not-so-well-informed youth services professional who works with teens who have offended.
O'Connell, Terry and Wachtel, Ted and Wachtel, Benjamin. Conferencing Handbook: The New Real Justice Training Manual
Real Justice was the name of an organization founded by Ted Wachtel in the United States in 1994. Subsequently, Real Justice has been transformed into the broader International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Real Justice continues as IIRP’s program in the sphere of criminal justice. Ted Wachtel initiated Real Justice after hearing Terry O’Connell talk about his work as a police officer in Wagga Wagga, Australia, where in the early 1990s O’Connell adapted and employed a New Zealand model of conferencing in his youth justice efforts. Real Justice, then, promoted this Wagga Wagga model of family group conferencing, with its emphasis on the use of a script to conduct the encounter between young offenders, their victims, and their families and friends. This document is a training manual or guidebook for facilitating real justice conferences. It focuses on lesser incidents of wrongdoing, not serious, violent incidents. The manual covers the following topics: the script itself; determining when to hold a conference; preparing for and running a conference; establishing a conferencing program; restorative justice practices beyond a formal conference; and appendices on conference observation and data sheets, conferencing program literature samples, and facilitator training notes and training agenda.
Department for Courts, New Zealand. Facilitator Training Manual
In late 2001 the New Zealand Ministry of Justice initiated a pilot program of court-referred restorative justice conferences in three court districts. The conferences in the pilot program are managed by facilitators who have been trained and approved by the Ministry of Justice. This document consists of materials for training facilitators in the processes, skills, and information needed to manage a constructive conference. After an introduction to the pilot program and the manual itself, the training modules cover the following topics: the nature of restorative justice; restorative justice conferencing in this pilot program; victim and offender issues; cross-cultural issues; facilitation skills; preparation for a conference; and the post-conference process.
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Boserup, Hans. Advanced techniques and dilemmas in mediation. The issue of autonomy and social control in particular.
Surfacing information to the mediation table is crucial. Information is surfaced to serve the parties rather than serving the mediator. Methods of obtaining and sharing information are diverse. Mediator style in bringing out information and the personalities of the players can change the whole concept of mediation as a practice. Six categories of mediation have emerged as most widely known: 1) Generic, 2) settlement-driven, 3) cognitive systemic, 4) transformative, 5) humanistic and 6) narrative. Some mediators’ methods of uncovering information and defining issues are inconsistent, however, with the individual mediation style chosen. The ability to choose a specific type of mediation suitable for the situation at hand requires the ability to identify and perform the each of the different mediation styles. The “community mediation movement�? of North America (including penal, neighbourhood, and family) gave birth to a similar movement in Europe in the eighties. The first family and victim-offender mediators in Europe naturally shaped the meeting between the parties after that generic community mediation model. As with the rest of the western world, other mediation styles in Europe were developed in order to serve different purposes. When doing commercial or corporate mediation, civil mediation, family mediation, community mediation, VOM (Victim Offender Mediation) or VOC (Victim Offender Conferencing) we can draw on experiences from this variety of styles. In both the generic, transformative, humanistic and narrative mediation models, we attempt to identify feelings, needs and concerns of the parties in order to create an environment for empathy, empowerment and recognition. Author's abstract.
Office for Criminal Justice Reform. Restorative justice: Helping to meet local needs. Web-based guidance
Resource material developed for local Criminal Justice Agencies by the National Criminal Justice Board in the UK.

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