Restorative Group Conferencing

Restorative Group Conferencing offers offenders, those they have harmed and their communities of care an opportunity to meet face-to-face to discuss an offense or conflict by which all the participants have been impacted. RGC creates a structured secure environment, for participants to discuss the offense, learn how each party has been impacted and work together to resolve the incident to the greatest extent possible. In RGC offenders are held directly accountable for their actions, victims have an opportunity for healing and a voice in the justice process and the community becomes agents of support.

The RGC training is for mediators interested in facilitating Restorative Group Conferences at Good Shepherd Mediation Program. The course includes: introduction to restorative justice principles; the victim’s experience; the offender’s experience, guest speakers; the Restorative Group Conferencing process; the role of the facilitator; confidentiality; and RGC simulations.

Participants must attend all 24 hours to receive a Certificate of Completion

Trainers

Randy Duque, the Managing Director at Good Shepherd Mediation Program, coordinates the Summary Offender Diversion Program, Impact of Auto Theft Program, and Youth Aid Panel workshops. He holds and undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology and a Master's Degree in Applied Communication and Conflict Processes, both from Temple University. Randy gained conflict resolution experience and training skills from his work as a university instructor and as a graduate peer educator for Temple's Conflict Resolution Resource Team. Additionally, he has been associated with Good Shepherd since 2003 through his employment as the Dispute Resolution Skills Training Coordinator, volunteering as mediator, and through facilitating, Pre-Hearing Conferences at Philadelphia Family Court.