- October 24, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please bring your own lunch. A microwave and fridge are available. Coffee and tea are provided.
One method of dealing with differences – in race, gender, class, life experiences, etc. – is to ignore them. “We are all the same in our shared humanity and differences are divisive.” But reducing everyone to our commonalities is very limiting; it doesn’t allow us to see the detrimental effects of systemic racism, gender bias, and heteronormativity. This day-long restorative practices training will help participants avoid minimizing the differences around them in their personal, professional, and volunteer endeavors while providing next steps to dignifying our differences.
Participants will be invited to learn how to dignify and appreciate individuals and each unique experience by acknowledging various communication needs, a trauma-informed ethic, and a more restorative approach to recognizing needs, harms, and peace-building opportunities. Gain a general understanding of restorative practices, including conflict mediation and transformation, and frame them within situational contexts. Learn to appreciate a trauma-informed ethic to better care for yourself and those around you in your personal life and career, and how to begin a broader conversation within your community or workplace to encourage more trauma-informed work.
The highly experiential day will allow participants to learn and put their learning into practice. Participants will leave knowing how to organize a restorative meeting and lead a circle gathering.
9:30-10:00: Opening Circle
10:00-10:30 Intro. to Restorative Practices
10:30-11:00: Applications to Individual Contexts
11:00-12:00: Trauma-Informed Care Intro.
12:00-2:00: Lunch/Group Work
2:00-2:30: Group Presentations
2:30-3:00: What Could Go Right? What Could Go Wrong?
3:00-4:00: Closing Circle
Robert Fennimore works full-time providing restorative practices to the Eastern Lancaster County School District and leading trainings on restorative practices, peacebuilding, and positive behavior practices. He holds an M.A. in Education and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Education and Restorative Justice. He has additional extensive training completing both levels of Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) training and holding a graduate certificate in Peace and Conflict Transformation in Education Settings. He is currently completing a graduate certificate in Trauma and Resilience in Educational Environments.
Venue: Parish Resource Center