Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices


To prepare participants to assess conflicts and use restorative practices to address issues of concern in the community.

The workshop includes:

  • Introduction to restorative justice theory;

  • Conflict assessment and the quest for transformation;

  • Introduction to restorative practices, such as circles, community conferencing and victim-offender dialogue;

  • Facilitation Skills and Techniques;

  • How to conduct face-to-face meetings designed to build community and facilitate restoration, healing, restitution, and reconciliation.

This training is ideal for:

  • Teachers looking to incorporate restorative processes which complement trauma-informed practices
  • Justice leaders striving for innovative methods to address deficiencies in the criminal justice system
  • Volunteers who would like to facilitate Restorative Circles & Community Conferencing at GSMP
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioners who would like to add skills to their repertoire of conflict resolution practices
  • Human Resource Managers interested in using new ways to facilitate conflict resolution issues in the workplace
  • Individuals seeking new ways to address harm and conflict in their communities


Pablo Cerdera comes to the Good Shepherd Mediation Program as a youth worker, restorative justice practitioner, and educator. He is guided by his experience with Restorative Family Group Conferencing from the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis and training and experience in circle keeping and community/family mediation from the Conflict Resolution Center and Restorative Justice Community Action. Faced with the realities of mass incarceration, violence, and social inequality, Pablo sees community-based solutions like mediation and restorative justice as powerful tools for shifting the status quo. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, he is committed to better outcomes for all youth in our community and the ongoing fight for racial, economic, gender and social justice. Pablo graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Comparative American Studies and Gender Studies, and a focus on the history and practice of social change.