Restorative Justice Certification Program


 

3-day Foundational
January 19 – 21, 2018
(Friday – Sunday, 9am to 5pm)
Trainer:  Kay Pranis
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10-week Advanced
January 25 – March 29, 2018
(Thursdays, 7 to 9pm)
Trainers:  Elizabeth Clemants and Glen Parker
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3-day Mastery
April 27 – 29, 2018
(Friday – Sunday, 9am to 5pm)
Trainer:  Kay Pranis
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Summer Intensive
July 16 – 20, 2018
(Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Trainer:  Elizabeth Clemants
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About Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is the practice of addressing the needs of individuals, and the greater community system that holds them, after harm has occurred. As a part of its method, Restorative Justice gives the responsible party or parties an opportunity to rectify and make amends directly to the ones harmed by their actions. The practice also provides safe space for group members to express how the harm impacted them. Through conscientious presence and support, the restorative practitioner holds this space to allow for the honest expression of deep emotion held by all members of the group. Through this practice, an affected system can rebalance itself and the community can move forward.

About Circles

Under the larger umbrella of Restorative Justice there are various forms of practice.  One of these is called Circle Keeping.  While Circle Practice is not always restorative justice, as it can be used for many reasons, such as building community, celebrations, learning, it can also be used for restorative practices after harm has been done both for healing and for conflict.  Planning Change specializes in training Circle Keepers in both the foundational work of circle keeping as well as the more advanced forms, specifically in regard to using circles for healing from harm, and resolving conflict in a system.

About the Certification

We have two tracks for certification in Circle Keeping.  One is offered in three parts: Foundational, Advanced and Mastery.  These consist of two weekends, and a ten week course that meets weekly for two hours in between.  These can be taken separately or together.  For this reason, the group is made up of different people throughout the three parts.  We normally see many students coming from either the criminal justice system, or the school systems.  This training, however, is open to anyone who is interested in circle keeping as a practice.

We also offer the Summer Intensive, which covers all the same material as the three courses but does so in five days.  This is a good course for those that are coming from out of town, or need the information and training more quickly.  While this training covers the same material technically, it is a very different experience, as the individuals don’t change, giving the group a chance to bond differently.  This training has a great deal of depth but is undoubtedly more intense as it builds on the relationship of the group as we move more quickly through the material.

 

Foundational:  This training teaches the basic components of Circle Keeping, as well as give everyone an experience of being in circle.  We cover both community building and building safety in a circle, basic processes and questions.  By the end of these three days (Friday – Sunday, 9am to 5pm), each student should be ready to hold a simple circle on their own in a safe setting.
Trainer:  Kay Pranis

Advanced:  This training meets weekly for ten weeks (Thursdays from 7pm – 9pm) and is an opportunity for those trained in basic circle keeping to experience being the keeper, as well as the important job of holding space for others.  Each week a different set of two or three participants will design the two hour experience, and lead the circle.  This is a great chance to stretch into the practice, as well as get a plethora of diverse ideas for how to hold circle.  We also read during the 10-weeks a book on restorative justice which will give a solid base in theory of how to heal from harm.
Trainers:  Elizabeth Clemants and Glen Parker

Mastery:  This training is for those that have had both a foundational course in Circle Keeping and some experience in facilitating circles.  This next level of training will give depth to the practice by drawing on the diversity of experience in Circle Keeping from the individuals in the group.  We will cover the dynamics of more complex circle keeping, and work on seeing a new levels of subtly to the practice.  This training also meets for three days (Friday – Sunday, 9am to 5pm).
Trainer:  Kay Pranis

Summer Intensive:  This training will cover the material in the three training above in five days.  We spend the first day covering Community Building in Circle, the second day we focus on Building Safety drawing from personal experience as well as a trauma informed practice, the third and fourth day will be spent working on How We Heal From Harm.  We will be reading from a book during those two days in the evenings to cover the restorative justice theory on healing from harm.  On the last day we will work on Resolving Conflict in Circle.  (Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Trainer:  Elizabeth Clemants