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 

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 $125. Attend all three levels and save $75.

Focusing on School Setting 

Focusing on Community Setting

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About the Workshops

Level 100: Building Empathy & Resilience through Restorative Justice Circle Process

Empathy has been used as a determinant for virtuous behavior, which is why there is a broad and ever-growing body of research surrounding this topic. What is empathy? What does it look like in practice? How can we develop it in ourselves and others? In this experiential workshop, we will draw on current research in neuroscience to develop a deeper and more complex understanding of how to cultivate empathy and resilience through restorative justice practices. 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 Justice 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 lens. Some of the topics are:
  • 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 & Power Dynamics (Includes RJ Circle Practice)

In school and community settings, educators and adults in general often face a contradictory role. On the one hand, we know that developing authentic relationships with young people is a critical prerequisite to creating conditions for learning, engagement, and a sense of belonging. On the other hand, we are expected to “maintain control” over our classrooms and communities. This workshop explores a more nuanced way of thinking about the exercise of power -- power with, not power over-- and how to build inclusive, culturally responsive community that honors the personal power of all its members. We will also 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.