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5th Annual Crime Survivors Leadership Training Development

The Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Ministry invites you to attend the 5th Annual Crime Survivors Leadership Training Development.

FREE 4-Day Training
June 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch included.

Mercy Center

2300 Adeline Drive

Burlingame, California 94010


BASIC RESTORATIVE PRACTICES -Taught by IIRP International Institute for Restorative Practices graduate school.

Day 1-2 Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively (28 CEU Hours)

From day one, you will learn a range of strategies you can use every day. You'll learn how to set high expectations while being supportive.  You will practice how to provide direct feedback and how to ask questions that foster accountability.You will also learn the most effective methods to resolve common conflicts.We devote the second day entirely to teaching attendees to facilitate restorative circles. Circles are an essential process for building social capital, resolving social problems and responding when harm occurs. Circles create a positive learning environment You will learn by participating in circles with other attendees, taking turns to learn how to facilitate. By the end of the day, you will be prepared to return to your setting and run your first circle!

Day 3-4 Facilitating Restorative Conferences (28 CEU Hours)

Effective responses to incidents of conflict, wrongdoing and harm are the hallmark of restorative practices. We dedicate two full days to teaching you how to facilitate a formal, scripted circle process to address racial incidents, bullying, vandalism and other serious infractions. You will learn all the steps required to conduct a restorative justice conference, from determining the readiness of victims, offenders, their families and friends to participate, to running the formal meeting itself. Even if you will not be responsible for conducting conferences yourself, you will learn how to better address everyday conflict and incidents in your workplace and community. Skills taught include monitoring your own reactions in stressful situations, listening with empathy and creating shared understanding among conflicting parties.

Who Should Attend

Community leaders who want to gain foundational Restorative Practices skills to support survivors of homicide, prisoners, people in reentry and families of prisoners.


Eligibility - Building Community Commitment

To enroll in this training participants must commit to conduct a 2 hour presentation of the 4-day training with at least 15 people they outreach to attend in a setting they choose.  The presentation must be done within 45 days after the 4-day training is completed.  To register online, please visit:

An interview and an online registration application is required

Contact Julio Escobar at (415) 614-5572.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Office of Human Life and Dignity, Restorative Justice Ministry

With special funds from

Mercy Center Burlingame, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. United States Catholic Bishops USCCB - Catholic Campaign for Human Development, CCHD is an antipoverty program and works to break the cycle of poverty by empowering low-income people and those working with this population to participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out.

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Watch a video testimonials documentary of past participants of this training (32 minutes, 56 seconds)


Restorative Justice Ministry Awards

Participants who complete the 2019 training and community building requirement will be specially invited to attend the Restorative Justice Ministry Awards Dinner Thursday, April 30, 2020. 

Presenter information: 
Archdiocese of San Francisco
Mercy Center
Contact Person: 
Julio Escobar
Contact Phone/Email: 
(415) 614-5572
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 01:00 to Friday, June 7, 2019 - 09:30