Training to Facilitate

Building skills to mediate and facilitate restorative practices is essential to furthering this work in the community. Advoz empowers community members–as Advoz volunteers and professional partners–to convene effective dialogue that can resolve conflict, restore relationships and bring out the best in groups. Increase your personal and professional capacity to make deep change through an Advoz training.

I’ve sat through a lot of trainings and unlike most of them, there wasn’t a minute when I thought, “what am doing here?” This was an effective, relevant training!

Course Participant from Winter 2022

Conflict, Communication & Culture: Advoz Introductory Training*-COMING SOON!

* Required for qualification in all other Advoz trainings.

Conflict is a healthy part of relationships, teams and community. How do we make it an opportunity?

This experiential nine-hour course builds on participants’ existing wisdom to introduce language, concepts and skills of healthy conflict resolution and restorative practices. Using the interactive capabilities of Zoom videoconferencing, expect to be energized and empowered to increase restorative practices in your work and life and to be prepared for Advoz’s intermediate courses.

CLEs are available for PA-registered attorneys including 2 ethics credits for working with diversity and trauma of clients and colleagues.

Please contact chris@advoz.org with any questions.

“I liked the clear frameworks for understanding the topics and why they matter…and the connections with like-minded participants.

Course participant from Winter 2022

Basic Mediation Training-Coming soon!

Note: Working with Conflict, Communication & Culture is required for qualification in this Advoz training.

Would you like to help others and yourself resolve conflict constructively? This intensive training prepares you to use effective communication skills and the facilitative mediation structure to help people listen and resolve their own disputes, including ethical considerations of using the process in Pennsylvania.

Multiple role plays enable you to practice your new mediator skills and leave you more prepared to handle conflict both in the workplace and in your personal life! 

CLEs are available for attorneys including 1 ethics credit. 

Please contact chris@advoz.org with any questions.

I appreciated the sense of community and the opportunity to learn from one another. The level of respect for everyone was evident.

Course Participant from Winter 2022

Restorative Justice Victim-Offender Conferencing Training-

Note: Working with Conflict, Communication & Culture (above) is required for qualification in this Advoz training.

When people cause harm to others, who is responsible? And how might they make things right?

A growing number of advocates, researchers and public servants from across the political spectrum recognize the power of restorative approaches to harm and crime that involve those harmed (victims), those who’ve harmed (offenders) and the community around them to make things right. Restorative justice is a process of accountability and healing for those involved in harm with reported high satisfaction by an average of 90% of those participating.

Advoz has been coordinating restorative justice in Lancaster County and beyond for 25 years and seeks to equip volunteers to facilitate, primarily with youth who’ve caused harm and those they have harmed.

This interactive online training equips you to facilitate restorative “conferencing” dialogue and to understand the local systems in which that dialogue takes place. In sessions built around role playing the successive elements of this process, participants will learn:

  • The restorative victim-offender conferencing process
  • Juvenile court and probation systems
  • Victim rights and needs
  • Confidentiality and ethics
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Online facilitation techniques
Please contact krista@advoz.org with any questions.

The breakout rooms wherein we were able to practice the techniques helped to infuse understanding at a deeper level.

Course participant from Winter 2022

* Courses require Advoz’s Conflict, Communication and Culture training before intermediate courses in Restorative Justice, Mediation and Circle Process. Please contact the course coordinator with any questions.

Other trainings:

Advoz provides additional trainings on a semi-regular basis including:

  • Mediation/Facilitator Continuing Education & Skill Share 
  • Communication & Conflict Resolution Theory & Skills
  • Advanced Mediation Training
  • Divorce & Custody Mediation Training
  • Restorative Justice Theory and Practices (Introduction, Advanced)
  • Advanced Restorative Schools: Community Building and Accountable Discipline for Youth
  • Circle Process Facilitation (also called Restorative or Peacemaking Circles)

Bring change, bring an Advoz training to your organization

Advoz provides customized trainings to numerous organizations in healthy conflict resolution, restorative practices and group facilitation to empower and equip your team to address conflict and harm in healthy ways. Here is a testimony from one positively impacted organization:

Contact chris@advoz.org for these and other training inquiries.