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Professional Learning

Workshops

We conduct workshops in city and rural centres. Workshops are advertised through our website and through the Department of Education Professional Learning Institute website.

School and Work Based Workshops

Packages may include a combination of:
• Consultation with the leadership team
• Professional learning for staff (minimum 3 hours)
• Parent seminar
• Student lessons
• Follow up

We will continue to be involved in supporting the implementation process. This is not a fixed recipe. We can tailor an implementation package to suit the needs of your school or workplace. We are about communities making real change in culture and practice.

 

Workshops We Offer

Restorative Practice

A highly effective process for resolving conflict

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Bullying

Learn how to problem solve bullying in any environment

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Circles

Building healthy relationships

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Restorative Practice (RP)

Workshops in Restorative Practice allow time to reflect on
• the culture of your workplace
• the development of healthy relationships
• the framework of restorative practice,
• the restorative continuum

“The aim of restorative practice is to encourage the use of restorative approaches in the management of conflict and tensions, by focusing upon harm and strengthening relationships” (Terry O’Connell, Director, Real Justice, Australia)

We have been trained by Terry O’Connell, an international authority on restorative practice, and continue to enjoy a close working relationship with him.

The restorative practice philosophy has its roots in restorative justice. It focuses on repairing the harm done to people and relationships, rather than simply punishing the offenders.

Rather than seeking to blame and punish, the restorative approach asks, “what happened?; who has been affected?; and, what needs to happen to sort it out?”
The foundation of RP is the development of healthy relationships. With a growing awareness that this process is a more effective way of dealing with conflict, this approach has broadened to education and community Research in schools is showing that a restorative approach reduces conflict, and improves academic levels. The restorative approach can apply to low level incidents through to serious conflict.

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Bullying

Bullying is an ongoing issue in all communities. Understanding the dynamics of bullying and how to effectively deal with incidents of bullying can go a long way to minimizing the harm. We work with schools and workplaces in developing an anti bullying culture.

We teach effective responses to bullying through our workshop program, and through direct consultation and training at the individual level.

We have both been trained by Anatol Pikas in the Shared Concern method of problem solving bullying issues.

More recently cyber bullying has become a major issue for communities. In this cyber world of social networking, people even from a distance, can readily cause distress to others. Learn how to improve your safety in this new world.

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Circles

A circle by its shape implies inclusion, fairness, equality, connection and a whole community.
Circle time provides a safe environment for groups of children or adults to participate in an activity while promoting positive relationships. Participants can develop self esteem and confidence while increasing communication skills. Circles can be used for any learning including academic learning, sharing problems, emotional literacy, and importantly for restorative conferences.

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Upcoming Events

Introduction To Restorative Practice

A one day workshop covering the restorative practice essential skills. The day begins with the history and research around restorative practice. …

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