Training in Collaborative Dispute Resolution

Diversity acceptance and building capacity to resolve conflicts focused on strengthening relationships, rather than causing deeper rifts or factions offer a powerful mechanism to create stronger more connected communities.  Training is designed to support community's in their effort to advance the process of reconciliation and self-determination by building social capital: levels of trust, communication and conflict resolution skills to create shared values that bind people together making collaborative action possible.   

Engaging in True Dialogue

Peacemaking Skills Development Training

Conflict is everywhere, it can be helpful and constructive, or destructive and harmful.  When we understand how to effectively work through conflict it strengthens versus fragment relationships impacting individual and team performance.  Participants will explore differences between restorative and punitive approaches to conflict and wrongdoing, and different ADR approaches you may wish to apply in your setting.   

Safety Planning Circles (Family Meeting)

Learn how to prepare parties and facilitate a collaborative dispute resolution process that empowers families to make decisions regarding the safety and well-being of a child, youth, or adult experiencing difficulty.  

This approach traces back to traditional ways of knowing in which the care and decision-making for children and vulnerable persons is considered the natural responsibility of the extended family and the community as a whole.  In a collaborative problem-solving context, where everyone is equal, respected, and has a voice, formal services engage with families in true dialogue, as opposed to making decisions on their behalf.    

If family is the basic unit of society, we should do everything to preserve it.

By having family and extended family come together, we can find creative solutions.

  • Reintegration of a youth-student-adult returning to their family-school-community.
  • Addressing student absenteeism or learning engagement issues.
  • Safety and support planning for individuals experiencing domestic violence.
  • Successfully transition a youth into adult independence.
  • Developing a family reunification, preservation or permanency plan for a child in care.
  • To promote healing, reconciliation, and recovery from the experience of colonization. 

Building Community with Restorative Justice

A facilitator's role is to empower others to take the lead, when they say "we did it ourselves" signals this accomplishment.

Restorative Justice is a philosophy that views crime, conflict, and wrongdoing principally as harm done to people and relationships. It offers a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that focuses on meaningful accountability and reparation of harm to create healthier, safer communities.  

  • Useful in dealing with less serious youth or adult criminal offenses, and in a non-criminal context, to address misconduct or non-compliant behavior.  

Participants will...

  • Become familiar with restorative principles and explore how this fits within the culture of your agency/community/nation e.g. Wahkohtowin in Cree, or Otipemisiwak  for Métis, “those that rule themselves.”
  • Learn how to prepare parties, and facilitate a restorative meeting.  
  • Experience role-plays applicable to case scenarios in your setting.
  • Enhance your facilitation skills to ensure participants feel safe, respected, and empowered from the experience. 

Training Events offered stand-alone or in 2-4 day segments over 3 months.  

Customized online training is provided upon request. 

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