Session 1 Workshops
1A) Community Building Circles: Breaking the Ice and Building Community with Fun, Laughter, and Games
Introducing students and staff in schools to circles can be an uncomfortable and vulnerable xperience for all. As community building circles are a key school-wide practice for schools implementing restorative justice, the need for tools to ease groups into the practice is ever prominent. In this interactive workshop, participants will build community together through fun and play.
Andrew Jordan and Chris Hernandez, Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice
1B) Restorative Justice 101 - Encouraging Community Engagement
This workshop will provide an overview of restorative justice principles and implementation of these principles at Clark County Juvenile Court. A brief overview of two specific programs, Restorative Community Service and the Victim Impact Program will be highlighted. The second half of the workshop will engage participants in an interactive session involving a real life scenario; helping to identify and relate with the challenges that victims and youth face within the juvenile justice system. The goal of this workshop is to inspire and motivate participants to incorporate restorative practices where victim's voices can be heard, and where youth can be positively integrated back into the fabric of the community in a meaningful way.
Jeff Olsen, Jennifer Skolrud, and Nick Potter, Clark County Juvenile Court
1C) Symbiotic Community Solutions: Building the Web without Reinventing the Wheel
It is important that our communities begin to work collaboratively to solve some of our deepest gaps in services. This will require creating partnerships with organizations that may appear to have conflicting values. How do we work to find common values and align towards similar goals? This workshop we will explore how the presenter has done this through innovative partnerships, resilient programming and community empowerment. Building an inclusive process for all involved, including clients and families, allows us to operate with integrity and reach greater outcomes.
Rachel Pearl, Friends of the Children
1D) RJ in Oregon Prisons: A Model for Educating and Sustaining Restorative Justice
Panel-style discussion on the history, curriculum, and qualitative outcomes of the Insight Development Group (IDG) 10-year Restorative Justice Educational Program at Oregon State Correctional Institute (OSCI). Panelists will discuss: 1) how and why the program was created; 2) what topics and methods are used to deliver the RJ curriculum; 3) what qualitative outcomes have been observed by IDG facilitators of inmate participants; 4) what effect these observable outcomes have on prison culture, based on anecdotal evidence; and 5) why IDG facilitators believe the program could be a model for educating and sustaining restorative justice.
Wendy Kincade and Gina Ronning, Insight Development Group
1E) The Untapped Potential of Your Frontline staff: A Whole Agency Approach
Justice systems are under pressure to embark on significant and unprecedented change. Restricted budgets, disproportionate representation of minorities, high levels of violence and the prevalence of trauma all make for challenging operating environments with many competing demands. Often overlooked and too often seen as part of the problem, not the solution, are frontline staff.
A number of justice systems have embarked on processes of culture change that put caring and supportive relationships at the heart of all decision making. Some systems use restorative language, some call it rehabilitative and the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) uses the term Positive Human Development. Using examples of restorative prisons, rehabilitative cultures and OYA''s Positive Human Development, this workshop will explore systemic culture-change and ways that this can be approached without feeling overwhelmed. Training, up-skilling and supporting staff in restorative and similar practices can be the system game changer: a resource already in place, poorly supported and rarely used to its full potential.
Simon Fulford, OYA
Session 2 Workshops
2A) Accountable Relationships in Criminal Justice
Restorative justice principles and practices offer an Innovative opportunity to move beyond the limits of the traditional disciplinary model that is the basis for accountability in the criminal justice system. The Oregon Youth Authority and Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility work with youth through a Positive Human Development philosophy based in caring and supportive relationships. These relationships involve accountability for meeting community expectations and repairing any harms to the safety and security of others. Through restorative justice processes, the impact of behaviors can be rearticulated into more meaningful participation and connection to the community.
Randy Guisinger, Ken Jerin, Anthony Fierro, Don Niko, Robert Caldwell, and Simon Fulford, OYA, Rogue Valley Correctional Institution
2B) Trauma-informed Spiritual Care
As trauma-informed care becomes more widely recognized as essential across fields, one arena that has been less explored is the role of religious communities in adopting trauma-informed practices. How can spiritual traditions help healing from trauma? And, how have religious communities perpetrated or contributed to trauma? What lessons lie in applying a trauma-informed lens to the practice of faith. From personal study and professional experience, this workshop will both present a framework for engaging spiritual dimensions of trauma, and also solicit conversation with audience members to deepen the discussion.
Audrey Zunkel De’Coursey, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
2C) Community Engagement and Restorative Practices: Data Impacts Across School Environments
In this workshop we will review the case-study of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School, where community engagement, restorative practices and student leadership have helped build an empowered and engaged school community. We will explore the strategies and challenges of building staff, student and family capacity to "do the work," and discuss implementation, systems development, data collection and the impacts of restorative practices in both urban and rural/suburban settings.
Jeffrey Waters and Kevin Bacon, Gladstone School District
2D) Undertaking Youth Participatory Evaluation of Restorative Practices
Getting started presentation and roundtable to discuss the progress of getting started on a three year project of youth participatory evaluation of restorative practices being rolled out in a local school district. Challenges, pitfalls and opportunities of the project discussed by multiple levels of participants.
Rachel Cunliffe, Portland State University
2E) Forgiveness at the Root of Restorative Justice
ESPERE is a trauma-informed workshop that addresses violence at an individual and community level; breaks cycles of trauma by helping people develop proactive strategies to address and overcome conflict; and reflects on the power of forgiveness, reconciliation and restorative justice. Sharing strategies from ESPERE, while using Popular Education methodology, participants will use their own experiences to draw the link between forgiveness and the path to restorative justice. We will address how our early lives shape how we view discipline and consequences and how to use boundary setting and compassion to address issues as they arise in our daily lives.
Gina Bell, Adelante Mujures
Session 3 Workshops
3A) In Our Voices: Students Building Positive School Culture through Student Led Restorative Processes
Students from New Urban High School will share their resiliency stories, perspectives and experiences as mediators and peer mentors developing positive school culture and personal leadership skills. Their experiences as trauma survivors fuel their passion to create safe space at school and support peers with overcoming adversity. Tools used by students to support conflict resolution, use of restorative circles, and promoting nonviolent communication will be discussed. Students' experiences with adjudication and punitive vs. restorative discipline in various settings will also be shared.
Annarie Wergeland, Ceazar Atkins, Ana Bloxham-Davis, Zach Firkus, Ren Frey, Gabe Greenfield, Noah McComb, Miki Hegbom, Kianna MuAtoz, Cheyenne Pence, Hailie Peterson and Alicia Welch-Callahan, New Urban High School
3B) Integrating Restorative Justice in Schools: From Research to Practice
This workshop will share findings from year 1 of a 3-year U.S. Department of Education development grant focused on integrating RJ with positive behavior support systems in Oregon high schools. Participants will be asked to provide critical input for future module development, and given the opportunity to engage in an implementation assessment based on their current areas of practice.
John Inglish, UO Conflict Resolution Program
3C) Reimagining Dignity and Restorative Justice
Dignity has long been recognized and revered as a Universal Human Right, but the processes available to (re)claim it are often complicated and incomplete. Building upon research from peacebuilding processes in post-conflict societies, and drawing wisdom from the lived-experiences present in the workshop, we will re-imagine dignity as something substantive and enduring, and explore the dynamic processes that restore our sense of connection to self, spirit, and others.
Amanda Smith Byron, Portland State University
3D) Exploring Standards for Restorative Justice in Oregon
The Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon is advising on a three-year project in Oregon to collaboratively explore and define standards for state-wide restorative justice practice. The focus in the first year of the project is to elicit ideas, concerns, and considerations from stakeholders of restorative justice. Just Outcomes, the agency coordinating and facilitating this project, will facilitate this workshop as a focus group opportunity in pursuit of these goals. Register for this workshop if you want to contribute to the development and direction of this exciting project in Oregon!
Matthew Hartman, Aaron Lyons, and Catherine Bargen, Just Outcomes
3E) The Shift: Faith Based Restorative Practices
Faith houses have in the past been the center of community and social changes. Restorative practices and faith are a natural way to increase community engagement and collective strategies across all institutions, organizations. In respect to faith houses of all types, the common threads of love, community and compassion for mankind offers ways to become conduits for the communities they exist in by being identified as RJ beacons.
Angela M. Davis and Reverend Dr. Linda M. Smith, Restore360-Axis Faith Based RJ
Session 4 Workshops
4A) Relating Forgiveness and Apology: What goes around comes around.
Short presentation followed by discussion of the relationship of forgiveness and apology in a systems view of criminalized harms. Attachment theory introduced as an important element in preparing people for readiness to participate in restorative encounters.
Rachel Cunliffe, Portland State University
4B) Transforming School Communities: Implementation Through Stakeholder Voices
In this session Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice will provide an overview of their whole school implementation model along with some of their biggest ah-ha's and uh-oh's that led them to create a multi-phased implementation plan that is currently being implemented in 13 schools throughout southern Oregon. This workshop will include a panel of key stakeholders consisting of a superintendent, school administrators, and members of K-12 school communities to share about their successes and challenges of implementation. There will be time for questions and discussion.
Raphi Miller and Cara Walsh, Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution & Restorative Justice
4C) Frameworks for Restorative Justice Implementation with Juvenile Justice Agencies
Participants will explore critical elements in effective implementation of restorative justice within juvenile justice agencies. This presentation will outline how restorative justice implementation, when approached through a whole-agency lens, can impact juvenile justice experience for staff, administration, community partners, and most significantly the experience of direct service recipients: victims/survivors, youth offenders, and community. Participants will explore levels of implementation, components to successful systems and culture change, strategies for engagement and education, and effective program development models.
Matthew Hartman, Aaron Lyons and Catherine Bargen, Just Outcomes
4D) Survivors of Color and Pathways Toward Healing: Analysis of a Community Survey
In 2017, the Crime Survivor Program of Partnership for Safety and Justice set out to understand more deeply the needs of communities most impacted by crime. The intention was to assess the needs of crime survivors of color in Oregon, and to elevate their voices in the discourse on public safety policy. This small but mighty project aspired to create more meaningful pathways toward healing for survivors of color through storytelling, participation in civic engagement and cultivating community through shared experience. We’ll discuss the findings and how we got there. Learn how to do similar work that is relevant to your community.
Amy Davidson, Partnership for Safety and Justice
4E) Building Resilience for People Who Experience Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Compared to people without disabilities, individuals with developmental disabilities are at increased risk of experiencing victimization across the lifespan. Additionally, research shows there is an increased vulnerability to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) for people who experience developmental disabilities. It is important that practitioners have the skillset to adapt supports to meet the needs of someone who experiences a disability. This hands-on workshop will help participants understand more about the connection between developmental disabilities and trauma while providing a space to explore ways to create person-centered supports designed to build resilience for individuals who experience autism or other developmental disabilities.
Kelli Downey, Oregon Training and Consulting
Session 5 Workshops
5A) Exploring the Role of Forgiveness in Restorative Justice
In the world of restorative justice, offenders often make apologies in written letters and during dialogues. Sometimes, victims forgive their offendersâ€¦ sometimes not. But what is forgiveness? Exploring this poignant topic, we find that each person holds their own, personal definition. We can agree that forgiveness cannot be forced and it often takes time. In this guided discussion, we'll examine the nature, place and appropriate roles of forgiveness in restorative justice education and practice. Come ready to learn and participate. Everyone is welcome.
Ana Holub, Clear Path to Peace
5B) RJ in JJ? Bringing Restorative Justice Practices and Philosophy into the Juvenile Justice System
How can a Restorative Justice lens and Restorative practices work in a Juvenile Justice setting? What is happening now in Juvenile Justice? What can we imagine into the future? We'll get down to the nitty gritty details of what is already happening restoratively in some jurisdictions, the challenges of implementation, and what can you do as a community partner of a Juvenile Justice organization to help support restorative practices. We'll also discuss what needs Juvenile Justice is trying to fill using its current strategies and discuss strategies for a more restorative Juvenile Justice System.
Johnny Colden, National Center for Restorative Justice
5C) Multiparty Restorative Facilitation
This presentation will explain the process of Multi Party Restorative Facilitation (MPRF) and offer a "fish bowl style" role play example. MPRF is a process that allows parties in conflict to address how they personally have had an impact on the evolution of the conflict. Through this process individuals also have the opportunity to recognize and meet the needs of others in the group, as well as their own. This process tends to build connection between parties and restores a sense of balance to the group.
Sue Miglino and Robert Galbraith, Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County
5D) A Restorative Approach to Victim Services
Participants will be hearing from the Victim Services Coordinator from the Clackamas County Juvenile Department in Oregon who is actively approaching her work through a restorative framework and philosophy. This presentation will provide an overview of the needs commonly expressed by victims, a detailed description of the Victim Impact Program and how it aims to meet those needs, and information regarding how restorative justice values and principles have informed the development of the programs structure and procedures, the presenter's practice when working with victims, and the program's restorative influence within the Juvenile Department.
Jillian Kellington, Clackamas County Juvenile Department
5E) Panel Presentation on Restorative Justice in Schools
Description coming soon!
Evelyn Heflen and Sarah Augustine, Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties; Christina Albo and Maria Scanelli, Resolutions Northwest