Dr. Mark Umbreit brings over 40 years of experience in helping government and community based agencies to develop restorative justice programming that is rooted in best-practice research and that includes safe, constructive dialogue between victims, offenders and community members as a centerpiece.
His associate Ted Lewis brings 20 years of experience in program management and is now a consultant and trainer for new programs that need help with design and development. To read more about their bios, click here.
Host and facilitator Molly Rowan Leach is the director for Restorative Justice On The Rise.
The free introductory session is ideal to determine if you want to commit to the 3-session course. The whole course can also be purchased for subsequent use in your organization’s professional development.
Three Essential Building Blocks for Starting a New Restorative Justice Program will explore:
Based on 60 years of collective work experience in managing restorative justice dialogue programs and helping to start new programs, Dr. Mark Umbreit and Ted Lewis, from the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (University of Minnesota), combine their wisdom to show how new programs can set a good, long-lasting foundation.
While their insights apply well to all restorative dialogue-based programming, victim offender conferencing will be highlighted throughout the three-session course. Both youth offender and adult offender related programming will apply. After a brief overview of restorative justice, the course will focus on practical knowledge for building a strong foundation for organizational sustainability.
Main themes include, stakeholder analysis, communication and negotiation skills to build partnership relationships, open collaboration between government and community stakeholders, establishing a case referral system that has a steady flow, adherence to best-practice facilitation standards that have stood the test of time according to research, building management systems for case development, client communications and evaluations, and working with community volunteers.
At the core of the teaching are anecdotes that reflect the power of transformative, heart-to-heart dialogue between victims, offenders and community members who have been prepared well for safe, constructive conversation to repair the harms caused by a crime.
Dr. Mark Umbreit is a Professor and founding Director of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota, School of Social Work. He is an internationally recognized practitioner and scholar with more than 40 years of experience as a mediator, peacemaker, trainer, teacher, and researcher.
His research has contributed significantly to restorative justice policy development in the U.S. For the past 30 years he has served as a consultant/trainer for the U.S. Department of Justice.
At the National Restorative Justice Conference in June of 2013 Mark was elected the founding President of the new National Association for Community and Restorative Justice.
Ted Lewis is the Director of Communications at the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota.
Since 1996 he has worked in the fields of restorative justice and conflict resolution as a mediator/practitioner, program manager, trainer, director, teacher, writer, and consultant.
Building on 16 years of experience in program management for restorative dialogue work, Ted has more recently helped government and nonprofit agencies alike to be equipped with customized manuals for trainings and program implementation, protocol documents that fit well with the relevant agency partnerships in a given city or county, and evaluation tools for measuring the success of programming.
As a long-time trainer in restorative justice and victim offender conferencing, he is also well versed in grounding restorative programming in best practices and community volunteerism.
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