Restorative Justice Process Models: Applications

In this course, we will introduce you to models of restorative practices used in criminal justice, community, and social services contexts. Drawing on the latest research, you will explore and critique three core models—mediation, conferencing, and circles. We'll also discuss other models and restorative practices, using international examples to highlight the importance of a human rights culture.

Suggested prerequisite: Introduction to Restorative Justice: Concepts, Theory and Philosophy | CRJ315


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 13 weeks
Tuition: $990–$995
Can be applied to:
Restorative Justice Certificate

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What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll 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

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend about 10 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments 
  • Participation in online discussions

This course is assessed on a competency-based scale of Pass or Fail. To graduate with the Restorative Justice Certificate, successfully complete all required courses.

Learning Materials

Course fees do not include textbooks. We recommend you purchase your textbook as soon as you’ve registered. We will provide additional course materials online.

Required textbook: 

Valandra, E.C. & Hokšíla, W.W. (Eds.) (2020). Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities. Living Justice Press.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.


The Centre for Restorative Justice
School of Criminology
Simon Fraser University