Advoz Education & Training

Take a training to volunteer or just increase your personal and professional capacity to change conflict and harm with conversation. 

    Advoz Restorative Justice Programs in Lancaster, PA

    Intro to Conflict, Communication & Culture Training

    This experiential nine-hour workshop builds on participants’ existing wisdom with language, concepts and skills for healthy conflict resolution and restorative practices, a prerequisite for all other Advoz trainings. 

    Advoz Restorative Justice Programs in Lancaster, PA

    Restorative Justice Victim-Offender Conferencing Training

    This interactive training equips you to facilitate restorative conferencing dialogue involving those impacted by harm and crime. You’ll also better understand the local systems that support this dialogue. 

    Basic Mediation Training using role plays to learn

    Basic Mediation Training

     

     This training prepares you to help people listen and resolve their own disputes using effective communication skills and the facilitative mediation method. It prepares you to be a community mediator with Advoz, including ethical considerations for the process in Pennsylvania.

    Advoz Circle Process Training 2023

    Circle Process Training

    Learn to facilitate a Circle Process to build community and address tough issues and harmful incidents in groups of 5-20 people. This form draws from indigenous traditions of inclusive and structured group dialogue.

    Couple listening to a mediator

    Divorce and Custody Family Mediation Training-Coming soon!

    This three-day training walks through the elements of mediating conversations for couples going through divorce, custody and co-parenting negotiations.

    Advoz Training Participants gather for a final photo at F&M College

    Other Trainings

    Advoz provides additional trainings including:

      • Mediation/Facilitator Continuing Education
      • Restorative Conflict, Engagement: CCC 2.0 for Leaders, Managers
      • Restorative Schools: Practices for Community, Learning and Discipline

    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*

    Friday, April 19, 2024, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – In-Person*

    * Required for qualification in all other Advoz trainings.

     

    Conflict is a healthy part of relationships, teams, and the 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. Sessions are held either in-person or using the interactive capabilities of Zoom video conferencing, so expect to be energized and empowered to increase restorative practices in your work and life and to be prepared for Advoz’s intermediate courses. This course includes:

    1. Conflict & Harm, Introduction to Concepts and Skills
      1. Defining “Healthy Conflict?”
      2. Your own Conflict Styles Assessment and Reflection
      3. Third Party Collaboration – How Mediation and Restorative Practices are different from other approaches
    2. Culture, Inclusion & Harm/Trauma
      1. Harm & Trauma Awareness in Facilitation
      2. Working with Bias, Mainstream & Margins in Conflict
    3. Communication and Restorative Listening Practices
      1. Power of Listening – Mindful Listening and Blocks to Listening
      2. Naming and Affirming Emotions – Empathic Listening
      3. Facilitating Clarity – Interests vs. Positions

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

    Register for this training by Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 5 PM!
    Please contact chris@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

    Advoz Restorative Justice Programs in Lancaster, PA

    Restorative Justice Victim-Offender Conferencing Training

    Note: 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.

    “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

    Advoz Restorative Justice Programs in Lancaster, PA

    Basic Mediation Training 

     

     

    Note: The Conflict, Communication & Culture course is required to take this Advoz training.

    Would you like to help others and yourself resolve conflict constructively? This 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 us at advozadmin@advoz.org or click this link for scholarship information.

     

    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

    Advoz Restorative Justice Programs in Lancaster, PA

    Divorce and Custody Family Mediation Training-Coming soon!

    Make a difference for families going through a critical and often traumatic life-transition. This three-day training walks through the elements of mediating conversations for couples going through divorce, custody and co-parenting negotiations. Trainees are expected to have had Basic Mediation Training (30+ hours). In this advanced training, you will learn and practice:

    • Divorce Mediation Process
    • Helping Parties with Assets and Property Division
    • Navigating Child Support
    • Helping Parties with Parenting Arrangements

    For those who are using the training for professional development purposes, CLEs are available for attorneys; CEUs will be available for social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

     

    Please contact chrisw@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

    Advoz Restorative Justice Programs in Lancaster, PA

    Circle Process Training

    Note: This is an intermediate training requiring experience in Advoz’s Mediation & Restorative Justice programs, Conflict, Communication & Culture, or an equivalent.

    Learn to convene a Circle Process to build community and address tough issues and harmful incidents in groups of 5-20 people. Drawing from indigenous traditions of inclusive and structured group process, the Circle Process requires facilitator skills both to conduct and trust the group’s capacity for addressing its needs and challenges. 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
    Please contact chris@advoz.org with any questions.

    * 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.

    Helping You Create Change 

    Through participating in Advoz trainings, you can learn the skills needed to create change in your community, organization and home life. 

    Below is a list of current and future trainings we offer. 

    Expand collaboration in your organization

    Want your team to go to the next level of collaboration and results?

    Experience an engaging training that builds your team and addresses conflict constructively. 

    Advoz develops customized workshops for organizations to increase their use of healthy conflict resolution and restorative practices.

    Testimony from one such organization:

    Advoz staff members worked with HDC staff to develop the training, gathering information about the organization, the roles of the staff members who would be attending the training, common conflicts that we deal with, and our organizational values. The training was very effective. Using break-out rooms to offer time to talk and practice skills in pairs provided safe opportunities for learning and team building. Workbooks and a power point presented the information clearly, and trauma-informed principles were incorporated into the teaching. Three very knowledgeable presenters offered a variety of voices and styles, which helped to keep the sessions engaging. The trainers were open to feedback and suggestions, which helped to make it as effective as possible.

    The training was valuable to our staff. We will continue to work with Advoz to bring these important skills to our staff with the ultimate goal of providing the highest quality service to the individuals who choose to live in HDC communities.

     

    Sincerely,
    Debbie Gable, VP of Residential Services
    Wendy Smith, VP of Property Management
    Housing Development Corp. Mid-Atlantic 

    HDC Mid-Atlantic helped by Advoz staff training for conflict
    Contact chris@advoz.org for these and other training inquiries.

     

    Advoz Restorative Justice Programs in Lancaster, PA

    Create change. Investing in your own growth today!

    Participating in Advoz education and training will help you with your own conflicts and to create positive change in your community, workplace and home. You can make a difference. Hope is possible. Let us guide you!

    Advoz conflict training services in Lancaster PA

    “Advoz training has the power to give you to tools to change the world around you.”

    – Advoz Advocate

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Join this Story of Dialogue and Healing

     

    We believe there are always restorative possibilities.

    And we’ll work with you to find them.  

     

     

    Advoz Restorative Justice Programs in Lancaster, PA