YWCA Madison

Restorative Justice Workshops

The YWCA Madison offers three-day professional development training workshops for educators, community members and parents. Restorative Justice staff presented the first training in August 2015. We have now have the dates for the next series. To be notified about the next series, please email Eugenia Highland.

Workshop Calendar 

 

Focusing on School setting

All sessions focusing on restorative justice in a school setting will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the YWCA Empowerment Center, located at 3101 Latham Drive. Purchased individually, each workshop is $100. Attend all three levels and save $50.

 

Focusing on Community setting

All sessions focusing on restorative justice in a school setting will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at YWCA Madison, located at 101 E. Mifflin ST., Suite 100. Purchased individually, each workshop is $100. Attend all three levels and save $50.

 

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About the Workshops

 

Level 100: Restorative Justice and The Circle Process

Through experiential learning, participants will use their own knowledge, experiences and skills to understand and learn the paradigm shift from punishment towards restoration. What is crucial is that participants engage with their own beliefs about the role of punitive and reparative responses to wrong-doing such as breaking rules. The exercises on the first day help build and strengthen the community of participants using the Circle Process. The foundation of restorative philosophy and practice rests on establishing common values, relationships and teaches us to accept responsibility and embraces true accountability. Some of the topics are:

  • What is Restorative Justice and why is it important?
  • Indigenous Roots of Restorative Justice
  • Elements of Circles
  • Neuroscience of Restorative Justice and the power of the circle process
  • Three pillars of Restorative Justice

Level 200: Restorative as a way to Dismantle Institutional Racism

The Restorative Justice program is embedded in Racial Equity Justice. Through experiential and practical activities participants will ground the work and the philosophy using a racial justice lenses. This workshop covers the following:
  • What is punishment? Does it work? The science and effects of punishment
  • Exploring punitive practices & systems
  • The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems
  • The school-to-prison Pipeline
  • Punitive VS Restorative
  • Ending the cycle of hurt

Level 300: Restorative Justice and Equity

In this level, we will explore how power, privilege and oppression add to the racial and socioeconomic inequities in our society that perpetuate themselves in our educational system. Some of the topics are:
  • Implicit Bias
  • Adultism VS Youth allyship
  • Why is Justice so important in Restorative Justice Philosophy?
  • Paradox of power-control
  • Exploring the default narratives in our communities and schools:
    • From the achievement gap, to the opportunity gap, to the consciousness gap in education.
  • Restorative Justice and creating equity in our schools & neighborhood.