After completing the course, you should be able to do the following:
- Explain, compare and critique three core models of restorative justice: mediation, conferencing and circles
- Identify other variations of restorative practices, such as truth and reconciliation commissions and community panels
- Compare best-practice models in the context of restorative justice values and principles
- Apply specific skill sets around participant preparation, interviewing, cross-cultural considerations, expression and management of emotions, aftercare, support and mentoring
- Incorporate evaluation components in program development or process creation that conform to restorative values and principles
- Describe how various restorative processes are used globally in response to harm reparation
- Analyze the promises and pitfalls of truth and reconciliation commissions
- Organize and host a circle discussion and reflect on the process
- Explain how communities can become a source for reform and change
- Explain the differences between Western justice and Indigenous justice models, and how restorative justice might transform the criminal justice system
- Characterize Indigenous healing philosophies and processes and relate them to restorative processes and truth and reconciliation commissions
Textbooks and learning materials
You are responsible for purchasing the required course texts and we recommend you obtain them as soon as you’ve registered.
Amstutz, L. (2009). The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing: Bringing Victims and Offenders Together in Dialogue. Skyhorse. (Older edition published by Good Books is acceptable.)
MacRae, A. & Zehr, H. (2004). The Little Book of Family Group Conferences: New Zealand Style. Intercourse, Pennsylvania: S&S. (Older edition published by Good Books is acceptable.)
Pranis, K. (2005). The Little Book of Circle Processes. Intercourse, Pennsylvania: S&S. (Older edition published by Good Books is acceptable.)
Ross, R. (2014). Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths. Toronto: Penguin.
Lederach, J. P. (2011). When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation. Oxford University Press.