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Intro Course on the Practice of Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters

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ARJA is pleased to offer online training for Albertans interested in learning about Restorative Justice.

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ARJA is pleased to offer online training for Alberta learners who are interested in knowing more about restorative justice.

The course – Introduction to the Practice of Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters – is a theoretical approach to the application of restorative justice in the criminal justice setting; it is not training in a specific process, model or skills. For those wishing to become a restorative justice facilitator, this course will serve as the beginning of the journey.

The course consists of five modules: Introduction to RJ, Legal Considerations for the Practice of RJ, Principles and Values of RJ, Indigenous Foundations in the Practice of RJ, and RJ processes.

The course includes both synchronous (online classroom learning) and asynchronous (materials/videos the student can access on their own time). The online learning will be by zoom and consist of three, three-hour sessions. The asynchronous part of the course will add an additional two to three hours of offline learning. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation from ARJA after completion of all nine (9) online hours of this introductory course.

This workshop is free, however registration is limited to 20 students per workshop and the spots will be filled on a first come basis.

This course will be taught by Joanne Munro with guest instructor Gayle Desmeules.

Joanne is a nationally chartered mediator, a restorative justice facilitator and an instructor in the fields of mediation, restorative justice, restorative practices, peacemaking circles, conflict resolution, and negotiation. She was a mediator with Correctional Service Canada’s Restorative Opportunities program (serious crime victim offender dialogues) in 2019 and 2020. Joanne mediates for Alberta Justice's family mediation and civil claims programs, and is a member of the provincial police complaints mediation roster. Joanne also volunteers as a mediator and restorative justice facilitator with local community mediation programs.

Gayle Desmeules is a guest instructor from True Dialogue, She is a nationally qualified mediator, facilitator, and trainer in restorative justice—Instructor for the International Institute for Restorative Practices, Gayle is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta and a member of ADR Institute of Alberta, Canada, and ARJA. In her Master of Arts in Leadership and Training collaborative inquiry research, a family group conference model emerged, useful to social-justice agencies across Canada. Dedicated to building capacity and shifting practice to address the disproportionate representation of Indigenous people involved with the criminal justice system, Gayle recognizes the healing and reconciliation potential of a restorative (Indigenous) justice approach to reclaim healthy relationships and promote intercultural understanding.

Schedule: Choose one of the following cohorts

Cohort #1: Start date February 23, 2021

-Session 1: February 23, 2021 (1PM - 4PM)

-Session 2: March 2, 2021 (1PM - 4PM)

-Session 3: March 9 (1PM - 4PM)

Cohort #2: Start date March 18, 2021

-Session 1: March 18, 2021 (1PM - 4PM)

-Session 2: March 19, 2021 (1PM - 4PM)

-Session 3: March 20 (1PM - 4PM)

Should you have any questions about this course, you can contact Joanne directly at:

Phone: 780-970-4495



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