Fri., Nov.14 (5:30-8:30 p.m.) – Sat., Nov. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
At Missouri State University in Springfield, MO
When individuals break the law they harm their victims, society, and themselves. Restorative justice is about healing and addressing wrongs that have been committed and repairing the relationships in the community.
About Victim-Offender Dialogue/Mediation
This training applies the principles of restorative justice to prepare participants to facilitate structured dialogues between selected juvenile and adult offenders and their victims.
These dialogues offer individuals impacted by crime the opportunity to explain how they have been affected by a crime and to ask the person who committed the offense questions like, “Why me?” and “Will you do this again?” Participation empowers victims, offering them closure and providing peace of mind.
Offenders also benefit from meeting the victims of their crimes. By putting a human face on their crimes these youth and adults realize that their thoughtless acts hurt others, and they often feel empathy for their victims for the first time. Additionally, these dialogues offer the opportunity for those who commit offenses to make personally meaningful restitution to their victims. Through this process they learn accountability and are reaffirmed as members of the community, thereby decreasing the likelihood that they will re-offend.
About this Training
This training covers basic restorative justice principles and will prepare participants to facilitate Victim-Offender Dialogues with juvenile and adult offenders. Potential volunteers, as well as other with an interest in this training, are encouraged to register. No prior mediation experience is necessary to become a volunteer victim-offender mediator with the Center for Dispute Resolution.
Space in the training is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to register as early as possible. Completion of a background check is required for all program volunteers. Register now!