skip navigation

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.

Last Revised: