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The RJ Center offers trainings in Restorative Practice (Circles and Community Building) and Restorative Justice (Restorative Responses for Conflict and Harm). Please check our calendar of events to find upcoming trainings. Our workshops are available by request for living spaces, departments, classes and all other communities and spaces. Please contact us to determine which types of workshops are best for you.



    RJ Trainings and Workshops

Restorative Responses for Racial Harms
Friday, February 25, 2022 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM | via Zoom

Racial harms are not uncommon on Berkeley campus and many of us are still unsure of how to handle this type of conflict when it happens. Like, what is okay to say and what’s not? What do I do when I hear/see a harm happening?  Join us as we journey through the use of restorative practice to address and heal racial harms.

During this workshop, you will learn how to respond to interpersonal racial harms in ways that validate the experiences of those who are experiencing harm, provide needed support and care, and create opportunities for those who harm to let go of defensiveness, take accountability for their impacts, and commit to learning and change. Participants will explore how to identify your own biases, so that you become more aware of how your words and actions may affect others unintentionally, and how to work through the healing of the unintentional harm with sincere and empathetic intention. The workshop will also suggest strategies for recognizing and addressing broader structural and cultural manifestations of racial oppression and harm that flow through our language and everyday interactions, and pathways to deeper levels of transformation.  




Micro-aggressions Workshop
Implicit Bias
Advanced RJ
Community Building for the Workplace
Prevention Workshops on Consent and Healthy Relationships

These workshops are specifically designed to reduce shaming and blaming in order to open space for developing shared language and trust for addressing issues of identity in the workplace. People in a department or on a team take time to develop shared values and agreements, and talk about their shared goals and vision, as well as pressing issues like communication styles. Ideally, people get to know each other in a deeper way, practice deep and empathic listening, build trust, and think together about what kind of community they seek to be.

These workshops blend Community Building Circle practice with courageous conversations around consent--what it means to people in your community, how you can practice consent in all areas of life in your spaces, and how to understand and navigate rules and policies around consent. Workshops may also include conversations around expectations for bystanders in your community, and values and agreements for healthy relationships in your space, as well as how to respond when conflict and harm occur. Contact us for more information.

After checking in and developing shared values agreements for difficult conversations, participants encounter the definitions of micro- aggressions, watch a film that demonstrates their impacts on people, and then pair up to share stories of experiencing and committing micro- aggressions. The goal of this workshop is to build on participants' lived experiences of micro-aggressions to develop collective wisdom around harm in their community and pro-active approaches for addressing micro-aggressions before, during and after an incident.

This follows the same structure as the micro-aggressions workshop. Participants learn about definitions and theories of implicit or unconscious bias, the ways they are operationalized and their pernicious impacts in the workplace. Through a series of exercises, people were asked to open up about their own assumptions and biases, as the first step in a life-long processes of facing biases and reducing their harm.

For people who have some experience with RJ and circle practice, the Advanced RJ training guides participants through “Tier 2” Restorative Responses to harm, including Harm Circles and Restorative Community Conferencing processes. In addition we cover “Tier 3” principles and processes, Exit and Re-Entry Circles and Circles for Support and Accountability. Participants are invited to think about working with communities where harm occurs to provide support and resources, and to engage in planning and action around cultural and structural transformation from punitive “doing to” systems to restorative “doing with” approaches.

In 2020, conflict has deeply affected the members of our community and challenged the social fabric and institutions of our society that are struggling to respond to this call for change. Restorative Justice offers an alternative view to conflict that values individuals and enables an opportunity to build a collective and comprehensive understanding of the harms that have been caused and perpetuated, as well as the resulting needs and shared responsibilities for repair. Participants will be invited to consider new ways of responding to conflict with a recognition of power dynamics, and the risks associated with speaking up and engaging in conflict with the goal of positive change. We will also discuss how people in positions of power or have particular  influence hold a special responsibility for engaging conflict with courage, openness and a growth mindset.

Constructive Conflict: Reframing Conflict as Opportunity for Learning and Transformation
Real Work for White Folks

This workshop invites white people to meet as an affinity group to explore the concepts of white fragility and white supremacy to better understand how these dynamics are operating in the workplace, and their impacts of colleagues of color and the workplace environment. People explore ways to respond with openness and a growth mindset when called out or called in about behaviors and actions that are experienced as racial harms. Participants are invited to consider the question of "how I can use my power and privilege to reduce racial harms and enact equity, inclusion and belonging in my workplace and other communities?"

Contact us to set up a workshop or training.