Upcoming Training Events
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 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 RJMP facilitators 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.
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Volunteer Training Opportunity for Facilitating Restorative Justice programming in San Diego County Jails & Detention Centers
The Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJMP) is now facilitating a 20-week, cognitive-based, restorative-justice program for offenders incarcerated in San Diego county jails and detention centers who are preparing for reentry into our communities. The rudiments of this program are based on the restorative justice principles and practices of: accountability, recognizing harms, developing empathy and remorse, understanding victim impact, and personal healing. Offenders participate in a Victim Offender Dialogue circle with surrogate victims of similar crimes, which is a major step in the restorative healing process of both offenders and victims.
The process of becoming a volunteer facilitator in the RJRPP program includes a pre-screen interview, completion of the 20-hour training, background clearance, attendance at the institution’s orientation, and a volunteer commitment to facilitate in a San Diego facility for one year.
TRAINING APPLICATION PROCESS
If you are interested, please complete a short training interest form online. You will be contacted for a pre-screen interview and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. If approved to participate in the training, you will be notified and asked to pay the training fees prior to commencement of the training, April 6th. Contact: Andrea Travers, RJRPP Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This 20-hour training teaches a step-by-step classroom discipline process designed to increase cooperation, mutual respect and responsibility among students and teachers. Using the restorative justice skills and strategies, the DTR program trains educators and administrators in the DTR process, helping them to create a more positive learning environment while actively reducing suspension and expulsions, including those due to “willful defiance.” Group rates are available for your school or district upon request.
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RJMP’s VOD certification program consists of the credential candidate observing a case from beginning to end (including individual and joint meetings), one co-facilitated case and a case where the candidate is observed and evaluated while taking the lead on a case. Successful completion of the certificate enables the trainee to be a lead facilitator with RJMP’s Victim Offender Dialogue program. Certification should be completed within six to twelve months.
EVENT DATE: On-Going