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.

Circle Process Training*

Friday & Saturday, January 8 & 9, 2021
Location to be announced in Lancaster, PA

Learn to convene a Circle Process for groups of 5-20 people to address tough issues and harmful incidents.  The curriculum will cover the following:

  • Uses of Circle Process
  • Opening the Circle
  • Using a Talking Piece
  • Trusting the Circle Process
  • Questions to Ask
  • Closing the Circle

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

Deadline to register is Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Intermediate Mediation & Qualification

Location TBD

Intermediate Mediation Training uses interactive exercises and discussions to lead basic mediators though examining the following topics: dealing with intense emotions, the use of silence, the role of support parties in mediation, power imbalances and a more detailed look into agreements to mediate and the problem-solving stage of the mediation process. CLEs available for attorneys.

The times & dates this training takes place:

  • Thursday, February 4, 8:30 am – Noon
  • Friday, February 5, 8:30 am – Noon

Deadline to register for this training is January 22, 2021

Training Teachers & Trainers in Restorative Practices

Location TBD

Learn to teach basic conflict resolution and restorative practices for youth and adults. Professionals from all backgrounds will learn about the foundational principles, practices and applications that build restorative and inclusive communities in schools, workplaces and the community at large through a combination of lecture.

This training will take place:

February 26, 2021, 9 am – 5 pm

Deadline to register for this training in February 12, 2021

Advoz Training Intro to Conflict, Communication and Culture*

Note: required for qualification in all other Advoz trainings.

Location TBD

A nine-hour interactive introduction to basic concepts and skills of conflict resolution and restorative justice, this course is a pre-requisite for all other advanced courses and volunteer trainings below.

Conflict is a healthy part of relationships, teams and community. How do we make it an opportunity? Learn basic restorative conflict and communication skills and methods including an awareness of how mainstream and marginalized culture plays into our perceptions and responses. CLEs are available for attorneys.

This training will take place:

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021: 6 – 9 pm
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021: 6 – 9 pm
  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021: 6 – 9 pm

Restorative Justice Victim-Offender Conferencing Training – Spring 2021*

Location TBD

Most sessions will be in-person while some modules will be held virtually. If the state mandates require, in-person sessions will be held online.

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

The intensive training takes place: 

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021: 6 – 9 pm
  • Saturday, March 20, 2021: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021: 6 – 9 pm
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021: 6 – 9 pm
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021: 9 am – 5 pm

Learn to facilitate restorative dialogue, a process of accountability and healing for those involved in violations and crime. Advoz seeks volunteers to facilitate restorative process with young offenders and those they’ve harmed.

  • Victim-offender conferencing process
  • Court and probation systems
  • Victim rights and needs
  • Ethics
  • Communications tools

Basic Mediation Training- Spring 2021*

Location TBD

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

Trainees will be introduced to the mediation process and its benefits in both their personal and professional lives. Communication and conflict resolution skills will be taught throughout the course and role play tactics will be used to help practice trainees’ newfound skills. Those who are interested in further training and mentoring can do so through Advoz afterward. CLEs are available for attorneys.

This training will take place:

  • Tuesday, April 6, 2021: 6 – 9 pm
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021: 6 – 9 pm
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021: 9 am – 5 pm

* Courses require Advoz’s Introduction to Conflict, Communication and Culture as part of all intermediate courses in Restorative Justice, Mediation and Circle Process. Please contact the course coordinator with any questions.

Other trainings are available in the following topics:

  • 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