Serving Restorative Justice Programs and Practitioners


“Are we not all offenders? Do we not all offend at some level? Are we not all victims? Do we not all experience hurts at some level? If so, are we not all united with those we seek to help before we even meet them?”  –Ted Lewis



A. Trainings

1. Restorative Justice and Victim Offender Mediation – 16 hours

Since the year 2000, I have done this training annually for restorative justice programs, equipping over 300 people with the initial capacity to facilitate victim offender mediations as trained volunteers who assist nonprofits. This training blends presentations, exercises, PowerPoint, videos, interactive learning, and plenty of discussion time. Head-learning is balanced with heart-learning, and participants will come to appreciate how restorative principles and practices have broader applications in their own lives.  Here is a PDF of the outline:   RJ Training Schedule 16-Hours

2. Building a Good RJ Training / Becoming a Good Trainer – 8 to 16 hours

Based on my experience in leading a variety of trainings in restorative justice, writing train-the-trainer manuals for victim offender dialogue trainings, and assisting new programs with program design and development, I have a unique background to fully help new restorative justice trainers to learn how to do the following:

  • structure a training to fit their program
  • balance theory with practical application
  • harmonize manuals with presentation time
  • maintain a good pace and energy level
  • integrate examples and exercises
  • coordinate role plays that build confidence
  • train ‘from the heart’ and ‘for the heart’

This training can easily be adapted for all the main dialogue models in restorative justice: conferences, mediations, circles (and all hybriding between them).


B. Workshops

1. Restorative Justice 101 – 2 to 4 hours

Designed to introduce all of the basics about restorative justice and victim offender dialogue models to people representing broader networks of support for new or existing restorative justice programming. Emphasis can be tailored for specific groups. For example, if participants represent agencies within the criminal justice system, presentations and videos would include research and best-practices, along with testimonials from stakeholders working in the justice system. If there are more general community members, there would be more case narrative content along with how communities are engaged and empowered in restorative work.

2. Restorative Justice: Building Sustainable Programs – 2 to 4 hours

3. Conflict Transformation: Communication Skills for Handling Conflict – 2 to 4 hours

4. Dealing With Hard Cases and Clients – 2 hours

5. Deepening Retreat for Volunteer Practitioners – 4 to 8 hours


C. Presentations

1. Introduction to Restorative Justice — 30 min to 1 hour

2. Narratives of Restorative Dialogue — 30 min to 1 hour

3. Teen Brain Development and Restorative Justice — 30 min to 1 hour

4. No Time for Crime? How Media is Affecting Youth Crime – 30 min to 1 hour

Presentations for lecture or classroom settings require the provision of PowerPoint projector and screen, as well as a blackboard, chalkboard and/or flipchart.


D. Manuals

Through collaborative discussion with agency directors and program managers, I can create new manuals or upgrade current manuals in order to raise the quality of programming. These can include manuals for…

  • Volunteers Who Receive Training  (10 page to 100 page flexibility)
  • Trainers Who Lead Trainings
  • Program Managers Who Run Programs

For a style-sample of pages for custom-made manuals, see Restorative Justice Basics.  Headers and footers can be added.


E. Consultations

By phone or in-person visits, I can assist with the basics in program design and program development. This includes advice in building strong partnerships with referral agencies and other community partners. Case management systems and improvements in case referral flow can also be covered.


F. Case Coaching

This is suited for both program managers and practitioners involved in dialogue-based services for victims and offenders of crime. For difficult situations in either case development or for dealing with complex situations or difficult clients, I will spend time by phone to listen and learn, and then provide some helpful input. Time generally involves 15 minute increments.


Fee Arrangements:

All payment arrangements are made for each situation and projected ahead of time. Payments can be made after services are delivered. Hourly rates do not include expenses for travel and lodging when those factors apply.

Hourly Rates:

Trainings and Workshops $100

Presentations, Consultations and Case Coaching      $50                                                                 (note: Case Coaching by phone involves 15 minute increments. A 10 minute consultation, for example, would be $12.50)

Manual Production (final product amounts are set collaboratively)

In certain situations, fee amounts can be negotiated.