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Restorative Practices and Alternative Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate

Restorative justice principles and practices, such as forgiveness and reparation, are fundamental concepts in many world religions and spiritual traditions. In the traditional Indigenous models of restorative justice, conflict resolution relies on community involvement and holistic solutions.

The practice focuses on repairing the harm caused as opposed to determining the punishment. Alternative dispute resolution, a restorative approach that respects both sides of the dispute, is gaining momentum beyond justice settings, in fields like healthcare, education, social services, and community services. Arbitrators and mediators employing and leading such practices require sensitivity, skill, and a toolbox of techniques.

This online graduate certificate program will provide the skills and knowledge in the philosophy and practice of restorative justice and alternative dispute methods for conflict resolution. The program focuses on theory, research and practical application of repairing relationships, finding healing solutions and changing behaviour in the fields of education, justice, social services, peacebuilding, and family support.

Participants will gain an essential understanding of mediation principles and the tools and techniques to implement these principles in various situations, including workplace and domestic settings.

Is this for you?

This program is an excellent resume builder for those in the fields of Child and Youth Care, Community and Justice Services, Social Services, Education and Legal Support, who wish to obtain a skill set in alternative types of conflict resolution practices including those most popular within Indigenous communities.

Admission requirements

An Ontario College Diploma or a university degree in Child and Youth Care, Community and Justice Services, Social Worker/ Services, Indigenous Studies, Human Resources, Psychology, Addictions and Mental Health, or a related field.

Applicants who do not possess the academic requirements as stated, but who have relevant experience, may be considered on an individual basis.

To apply

Apply online at ontariocolleges.ca. You will need to:

  • Create an account or log into your existing account, if you have created one within the last two years.
  • Fill in your personal information and educational history.
  • Add the Restorative Practices and Alternative Dispute Resolution program (Program Code RAD).
  • Request your transcripts.
  • Pay the application processing fee and any transcript fees.

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus store in-person or online: Peterborough Campus Store or Lindsay Campus Store.


Certificates must be completed within five years. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please contact us again for your official certification.

Courses in Restorative Practices and Alternative Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate

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Restorative Practices and Alternative Dispute

RAD: Introduction to Restorative Justice, Restorative Practices & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LAWS318)

Examine Restorative Justice Theory including three core models of restorative justice mediation, conferencing, and healing circles. You will be introduced to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and its role in mitigating, reducing, and solving conflict. In addition, other variations of restorative practices, such as truth and reconciliation commissions, as well as community panels will be examined and put into practice through simulation. Learn to apply structured and responsive uses of restorative justice in family, group, and community-wide situations.

Instructor:
  • Murray Miskin

RAD: Alternative Dispute Resolution-Theory and Practice (LAWS319)

Gain deep insight into the theory, practice, and ethics of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). After an introduction to conflict analysis, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration you will learn the techniques used in ADR, including active listening, paraphrasing, and stages of negotiation and mediation. Through a series of case studies and simulation exercises, you will gain insight into the practice of ADR, including the use of ADR in the Indigenous community and the use of healing circles and other restorative practices. You will have the opportunity to develop effective negotiation and mediation skills.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

RAD: Restorative Justice and Practices - Global Perspectives (LAWS315)

Discover the historical and theoretical development of restorative justice in several countries including Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, in this course you will critically assess contemporary research on restorative justice to determine the extent to which restorative justice processes have a positive impact on participants and how to improve current practices.

Instructor:
  • Rhonda Paulsen

RAD: Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices-Canadian Indigenous Communities (LAWS320)

Current models of restorative practices are examined in the context of Canadian Indigenous criminal justice, community, and social services. Representing the latest research in the field, we will explore and critique three core models - mediation, conferencing, and healing circles. Other variations of restorative practices, such as truth and reconciliation commissions, as well as community panels, are also examined. You will develop skills around participant preparation, interviewing, cross-cultural respect, expression and the management of emotions, aftercare, maintenance of relationships, and mentoring.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

RAD: Education, Community Development & Social Justice Systems (LAWS321)

Delve into the current trends and practices of restorative justice, restorative practices, and alternative dispute resolution in all level of academic institutions (primary, secondary, and post-secondary) as well as recreational and residential settings. We will discuss and examine the unique features and challenges of restorative justice and restorative practices in education, particularly in the context of curriculum-based institutional environments.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

RAD: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Investigation Techniques (LAWS322)

Focussing on the restorative practices and dispute resolution initiatives relevant to family practice and social work, we will examine their use in situations that involve children, youth, and families who have suffered trauma. This can include restorative practices for child welfare counselling as well as issues that arise in day care, foster care, shelters that house victims of domestic abuse and displaced or homeless children. You will also receive sensitivity training concerning cultural and tradition differences with an emphasis on the quality of relationships rather than family structures. By implementing a non-adversarial process, you will learn the steps to become facilitators in Restorative Practices, mediation, and conflict resolution.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

RAD: Applied Project (FLPL230)

An Applied Project will help you gain broad exposure to applications of restorative justice and alternative dispute resolution and put the theory of previous courses into practice. This project focuses on recognizing, developing, proposing, and implementing a plan to incorporate strategies for social movements and structural change with emphasis on peace building and conflict reduction. The proposed objective of this applied project is to focus on a direct application to your current work or future career goals that will benefit your organization or community.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

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