In-depth Training opportunities, advancing your Restorative Justice practice.

I believe that people change and grow.  One way to stay solid in your restorative justice practice, is to see advanced and specialized training.

I just signed up for a wonderful opportunity – STAR.  Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience.  I am excited to deepen my connection to something I find facinating and rewarding to do, help people heal from trauma.

I also want to promote some other offerings available at Eastern Mennonite University.

“Building Justice: Transitional and Indigenous Applications in Post-war Contexts”

When violent conflict divides a society, as Desmond Tutu once pointed out, it leaves in its wake trauma, broken trust, and discord—and no roadmap to find the way out. This course will focus on understanding and embracing a form of justice that satisfies human need, and will examine contemporary applications of justice in post-war settings. It will cover key theories and a multi-disciplinary approach to justice, and will also compare and critique contemporary structures such as the International Criminal Court, truth and reconciliation commissions, and restitution and reparation practices.  Special emphasis will be  given to innovations in hybrid justice models and practices that encourage the inter-generational transmission of restorative justice and a concern  for the common good .  

Taught by Carl Stauffer, June 13-17, 2011. For more information on the Summer Peacebuilding Institute or how to apply, go to or call 540.432.4490.

“A Systems Approach to Organizational Conflict: Transforming Conflict in Your Organization”

Conflicts within organizations are often seen as personality clashes or a breakdown in communication between two people or groups, but  many can’t be truly transformed until the systemic roots of the conflict have been uncovered and understood. This course will encourage participants to see conflict in organizations as a function of the relationship systems within the organization. Participants will first examine their own family of origin through the lens of family systems theory and then adapt that theoretical framework to assess an organization and its conflict dynamics. This is a highly interactive course, utilizing case study and role-play methodology and concluding with the opportunity to study an actual organization.

Taught by David Brubaker and Roxy Allen of InsideNGO. For more information on the Summer Peacebuilding Institute or how to apply, go to or call 540.432.4490.