The Restorative Center
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Restorative Justice Trainings

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Restorative Justice

Summer 2019 Training Retreat


“The best training I have ever attended. Every second counted.”

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TRC Circle Keeper Trainings

The foundations of the Newburgh Model

The Restorative Center's program team drew upon their deep reservoir of real-world experiences to develop the Newburgh Model of Community Circles (named in honor of the city which hosted the process), weaving and expanding community circle teachings from around the world. The Newburgh Model codifies a replicable, teachable, flexible structure of free-standing community circles.

The circles realign our power and voice, allowing for the expression of individual truths and the emergence of collective wisdom. Circles are forming using this model in the Bronx, Newburgh, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and beyond. This foundational training is a pre-requisite to advanced trainings in Restorative Justice Circles and Family Conferencing (Birth Circles).

How We Train

Our trainings are engaging, lively, and informative. You will experience how circles realign power dynamics among us and within us, why we use "prompts" at various phases of circle work, and the necessity of self-care for Circle Keepers. You will learn the art of Circle Keeping.

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  “A space in which you can grow in your understanding of the circle practice and improve your skills in conflict situations.” 

“Powerful, transformative & incredible. It has been such a gift to be able to participate in this training.”

Teen CK Training

the progressive possibilities of working with young adults

To expand the availability of community circles and the reach of restorative justice, The Restorative Center facilitates multiple days of foundational training workshops for teen volunteers. This provides an experience-based understanding of the fundamental components of facilitating community circles.

Participants can earn up to 10-hours of community service. After this training, there are on-going opportunities to develop the skills to facilitate circles so that teens can be leaders in a grassroots movement of Restorative Justice. Meet our Teen Leaders here.

It's free.

Teen trainings are free for teens and students.

  • Summer 2016 (Newburgh)

  • Summer 2017 (NY Teen Fellowship)

  • Spring 2018 (Bronx)

  • Summer 2018 (NY Teen Fellowship)

  • Register to get notified about future trainings.


Volunteer CK Training


rooted in community

The Restorative Center facilitates two-and-a-half day foundational training workshops for volunteers to provide an experience-based understanding of the foundational components of Circle Keeping.

Ongoing public trainings are held to expand the availability of community circles and the reach of restorative justice. Circle Keeper Trainings result in Community Circles being held in it's hosting city.

Prerequisite: Informational phone call with staff.

CLE Attorney Restorative Justice Training


19.5 CLE credits

Our weekend seminar has been accredited for 19.5 CLE credits (including 1 ethics credit) by the New York State CLE Board. The two and a half day training provides an experience-based understanding of the foundational components of the Newburgh Model for circle keeping. This seminar is a prerequisite to advanced training in Restorative Justice.

We utilize theory based lectures, the interactive circle experience, skill development mock circles, as well as small and large group discussions. TRC's workbook will be distributed to participants Friday night. This course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.


- Standard registration fee $675
- Public Interest Attorneys rate $475
- Financial aid, law students rates & alternative method of payments available at the registration page.

Get To Know Restorative Justice

  • Experience and analyze the RJ Circle.

  • Develop skills of a Circle Facilitator.

  • Consider the legal and ethical issues of Restorative Justice processes.

  • Leave with an understanding of this alternative paradigm of community engagement towards non-punitive conflict resolution.

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Curriculum Overview 

Friday 6pm-9pm

  • The Restorative Justice Process

  • The Circle experience

Saturday 10am-6pm

  • Theory and Practice

  • Elements of Restorative Justice Circles

  • The phases of Circles

  • The Art of Circle Keeping

Sunday 10am-6pm

  • Additional Practice and Discussion

  • Mock Circles

  • The skills of Circle Keeping

  • Legal and Ethical Issues in RJ.