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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*

New Interactive Online Format takes place : February 3, 4 & 5, 2021 from 9 am – 4 pm

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: This is an intermediate training requiring experience in Advoz’s Mediation and Restorative Justice programs, the Intro Training in Conflict, Communication & Culture, or an equivalent. Contact chris@advoz.org for questions.

Deadline to register is Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Advanced Mediation & Qualification

New Interactive Online Format takes place : February 17, 18 & 19, 2021 from 9 am – 12 pm

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.

Deadline to register for this training is Thursday, February 4, 2021


Advoz Training Intro to Conflict, Communication and Culture*

Note: Required for qualification in all other Advoz trainings.

New Interactive Online Format takes place : March 9, 10 & 11, 2021 from 6 pm – 9 pm

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.

Deadline to register for this training is Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Restorative Justice Victim-Offender Conferencing Training – Spring 2021*

All sessions will be will be held virtually.

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

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

This training takes place:

  • Tuesday, March 16, 6 – 9 pm
  • Wednesday, March 17, 6 – 9 pm
  • Thursday, March 18, 6 – 9 pm
  • Tuesday, March 23, 6 – 9 pm
  • Wednesday, March 24, 6 – 9 pm
  • Thursday, March 25, 6 – 9 pm
  • Saturday, March 27, 9 am – 4 pm

Deadline to register for this training is Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Training Teachers & Trainers in Restorative Practices

New Interactive Online Format takes place : June 10, 11 & 12, 2021 from 9 am – 1 pm

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.

Deadline for this training is Thursday, May 27, 2021

* 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:

  • 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