Introductory Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD) Facilitation

The Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP) offers crime victims and juvenile and adult offenders an effective alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. RJMP offers its services to probation, the district attorney’s office, the police, the courts, and other service agencies. We provide offenders a chance to take responsibility and make amends as well as give the victim a voice and an opportunity to ask questions and to describe the effects of the offense. The process begins the healing for the victim, the offender, and the community.

Victim-Offender dialogue facilitation differs from traditional mediation. It requires offenders to take responsibility for the harm they have done victims. It helps to provide equitable restitution to the victim, and is proven to reduce the probability that an offender will re-offend.

This training is intended for all persons interested in becoming volunteer VOD facilitators for RJMP but will benefit school teachers, defense attorneys, and everyone in between–and especially those involved with children, teenagers and young adults. Trainees who agree to facilitate cases with RJMP will receive valuable experience in conflict resolution and transferable skills to all walks of life.

LOCATION:

Diocese of San Diego Pastoral Center, 3888 Paducah Dr., San Diego, CA 92117

EVENT DATES:

  • Thu February 28, 2019 6:00 pm - Thu February 28, 2019, 9:00 pm
  • Fri March 1, 2019 8:30 am - Fri March 1, 2019, 5:00 pm
  • Sat March 2, 2019 8:30 am - Sat March 2, 2019, 5:00 pm

ADDITIONAL INFO:

This 20-hour training teaches you about restorative justice principles and practices through presentations, videos and role plays. You will learn how to conduct a victim offender dialogue with juvenile offenders and their victims and how to become a volunteer with the Restorative Justice Mediation Program. This training is a prerequisite for becoming a volunteer with RJMP and for the Advanced VOD Facilitator Training.

COST:

$300 or $100 for students and seniors over 65

Course includes 20 hours of basic Victim-Offender Mediation/Dialogue Training using lectures, videos, and role plays. Instruction, training manual and light breakfast & lunch on Friday and Saturday, healthy snacks, will be provided. Space is limited. Registration closes Feb. 25, 2019.

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