Upcoming Training Events

Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD) Facilitator Training

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.


3888 Paducah Dr., San Diego, CA 92117


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.


$300 or $100 for students and seniors over 65

Thu February 20, 2020, 6:00PM - Thu February 20, 2020, 8:00PM
Fri February 21, 2020, 8:30AM - Fri February 21, 2020, 5:30PM
Sat February 22, 2020, 8:30AM - Sat February 22, 2020, 5:30PM

Course includes training manual and light breakfast & lunch on Friday and Saturday, healthy snacks, will be provided.

Space is limited. Registration will open January 1, 2020 and closes February 17, 2020.

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Restorative Justice Reentry Prep Program (RJRPP) Facilitation

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.

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, February 28th. Contact: Andrea Travers, RJRPP Program Coordinator


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


$300 per person. Scholarships are available.