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Community Conferencing Facilitator Training Workshop
Presented by: Caroline Gosling
Monday, October 19, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Central Alberta Regional Consortium 8 Page Avenue, Red Deer, AB
About the Session:

This 3 day workshop is geared to those interested in learning more about a transformative approach to resolving conflict and attendance concerns.                             

Community Conferencing is a restorative process where a person or persons who have caused harm is provided the opportunity to take responsibility and be directly accountable to those harmed through a facilitated face-to-face meeting. Those who have been harmed have a direct say in how the harm can be repaired. Community Conferencing provides an opportunity for reintegration of the person(s) causing harm and those harmed, back into the classroom and school. In cases where attendance is the presenting concern, the harm looks a bit different but the process remains the same with all parties involved having a chance to talk about what is happening, how they are impacted and how to move forward in a better way.

This is a process that effectively supports principles of respect, responsibility, accountability and empathy.  It also supports the June 1, 2015 changes to Alberta’s School Act which require boards to provide support for students who engage in inappropriate behaviour as well for those who are impacted by it. In a supportive process, students are able to take responsibility for behaviors and contribute in a meaningful way to the resolution.  Students who have been harmed are also able to contribute to the outcome. Parents and supporters are invited to participate and are able to express how they have been impacted as well as have a voice in the outcome. 

This training will result in participants gaining a thorough understanding of the philosophy and theory behind restorative practice and the community conferencing process, the process itself, and the skills involved in facilitating a conference for attendance concerns as well as conflict. Opportunities to participate in and facilitate mock conferences will be part of this training. 

About the Presenter(s):
Caroline Gosling
Cancellation Policy:

Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 7 FULL days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide seven FULL days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place. CARC also reserves the right to cancel an event within the 7 calendar days due to unforeseen circumstances such as facility closures, terrorist threats, natural disasters or extreme inclement weather (-35 C or colder). Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.

An exception, for this Spring only, will be if you are affected by the COVID-19 virus and are not able to attend due to illness, your fee will be refunded no matter when you cancel.

Registration Deadline: October 12, 2020
Cost: $0.00
Focus(es): Inclusive Education
Grade Level(s): K-12
Audience: Teachers, Administrators, School counsellors, Liaison workers