A Restorative Facilitator can fill one of many roles. Through our client referral process, our volunteers may faciliate one of two processes; The Community Accountability Panel or The Community Justice Forum.
A panel consists of 3 acredited volunteers who have participated in our “in house”, 6-8 week training program. From here, you will play the role of a scribe, co-facilitator or Lead facilitator. Each position plays a role in facilitating the dialogue surrounding the criminal or harmful behavior, as well as guiding the discussion to where all parties can comfortably agree on a resolution agreement that focuses on repairing the harm or damage done. We encourage one panel member to follow the client’s progress as their mentor. We believe that connection is the beginning of any individual’s success and it all starts in this process.
A justice forum consists of two facilitators, a lead and a co- facilitator. This process involves a 3 day training course, a series of observations, co-facilitation for a number of forums before moving to the lead role. These forums typically involve all parties; offender, victim, support individuals, family and possibly the referral source. A series of pre conferences will help to determine whether the forum will be effective and help parties heal, offer closure and repair harm done.