Foundations in Restorative Practices Certificate

Sullivan & Matari photo

The University of Maine and the Restorative Justice Project will offer a six-session program, “Foundations in Restorative Practices,” beginning in August for individual community members and institution-based teams in two mid-coast locations, Belfast and Bath. The dates are August 20th & 21st, September 25th, October 29th & 30th, and November 19th. All sessions are held 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast and a location to be announced in Bath.

The Foundations in Restorative Practices Certificate is designed to meet individuals and institutions where they are on their journey by offering a strong conceptual and skill-based foundation of restorative practices, a supportive learning environment, and planning tools and resources to tailor to specific needs. Participants will gain a strong theoretical foundation in restorative practices, engage with the skills necessary to facilitate proactive and repairing the harm practices, and be able to access future support and development networks as a restorative practitioner and leader of culture change.

The Restorative Justice Project is invested in assisting institutions to sustainably work towards implementation of restorative practices. Therefore, institutions or organizations, including schools, must register in teams of at least three and up to five members, including at least one representative from administration. Those not associated with an institution or planning on implementing restorative practices in their organization or institution are welcome to sign up as individuals.

The development of this program was led by two professionals in the field: Carrie Sullivan and Sarah Matari. Matari began early in her legal career to provide restorative practices and mediation services to institutions and communities. As a trainer and consultant for the NYC Department of Education restorative pilot project, she delivered mediation and restorative circle trainings to staff and students in an effort to help schools work towards restorative culture change. She learned first hand the importance of having a sustainable implementation strategy and team approach when engaging with restorative practices, and brings that to her role as Manager of Institutional Implementation at RJP.

As a health educator and advocate, Sullivan has championed policies and programs aimed at improving individual and community health. She promotes restorative practices as a framework that honors and invites the voices of all stakeholders into shaping lasting solutions to the deepest challenges. Sullivan currently serves as Program Director for RJP and is overseeing the formation of Community Justice Centers in the mid coast in partnership with UMaine and local leadership teams made up of community stakeholders.

The cost of the program is $650 per person for the six–session program, and includes materials, including related published books and an RJP manual, a light breakfast and catered lunch. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Upon completion, participants will earn a UMaine certificate in Foundations of Restorative Practices and 4.2 CEUs/42 contact hours.

For more information or to request reasonable accommodations, contact Michelle Patten, 338.8002;michelle.patten@maine.edu.

Registration is online: hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu/professional-development.