The Youth Restoration Project (YRP) is offering its series of Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) training this summer, at the Sargent Center in Warwick.
RJP training offers skills, techniques and tools for building relationships in which every person feels heard and confident about their own efficacy and agency. RJP offers kind, understanding ways of knowing yourself and your own triggers. Techniques include ways of owning your mistakes and responsibly holding others accountable for theirs. The Practices help to make and keep friendly relations.
Here’s what they’re saying:
Dr. Jenny Chan-Remka, Deputy Superintendent in Woonsocket, says of the 13 local educators who took the training last winter, “They got so much out of it! They practice the skills and they get results. Their kids are more willing to deal with conflicts in peaceful ways. This Restorative Practices training is a game-changer.”
Central Falls staff member Kathleen Kiley says, “I use the skills I learned from Restorative Practices both in my personal life and in my profession as a Teaching Assistant. I have a greater understanding of active listening, being more observant of physical cues and the importance of restorative circles. In my personal life utilizing circles opened up lines of communication and helped my granddaughters and I to resolve and come to agreement on several issues. Professionally, I feel more in touch with the continuum and how to respond to each stage of the cycle.”
RJP skills are universally applicable at work, home and play.
Since 2009, the Youth Restoration Project (YRP) has developed and delivered Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) training, conflict conferencing and consulting services to organizations and schools wanting to develop a more restorative culture. YRP partners with families, schools and universities, family-service agencies, child protective services and the juvenile justice system, with the goal of building a robust social infrastructure that strengthens and supports the young people of Rhode Island. In 2014 YRP and its partners, including Central Falls Schools, were awarded a National Institute of Justice grant both to implement Restorative Justice conferencing and to help build Restorative protocols in several RI secondary schools.
Required Overview sessions are offered June 27, July 10 and July 30. Participants can choose their 4 subsequent sessions from 12 energizing options, over an 8-week period. Summer sessions are from 8:30 to 11:00. Descriptions of the Overview sessions and each optional “booster” are here.
CEUs are available for social workers (through RI College) and to community health workers (through the Community Health Worker Association of RI).