Register Now for Victim-Offender Mediation Training

Register Now for Victim-Offender Mediation Training

This training has reached it's maximum capacity, and registration is now closed. However, pleasejoin the CDR mailing list to be notified of other training opportunities, or email for information on other volunteer opportunities, including our Juvenile Victim-Impact Panel program.

Friday, July 22 (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.) and Saturday, July 23 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) in Springfield MO

This training will apply the principles of restorative justice to prepare participants to facilitate structured dialogues between selected juvenile and adult offenders and their victims.These dialogues offer individuals impacted by crime the opportunity to explain how they have been affected by a crime and to ask the person who committed the offense questions like, "Why me?" and "Will you do this again?" Participation empowers victims, offering them closure and providing peace of mind. Offenders also benefit from meeting the victims of their crimes. By putting a human face on their crimes these youth and adults realize that their thoughtless acts hurt others, and they often feel empathy for their victims for the first time. Additionally, these dialogues offer the opportunity for those who commit offenses to make personally meaningful restitution to their victims. Through this process they learn accountability and are reaffirmed as members of the community, thereby decreasing the likelihood that they will re-offend.

This training will cover basic restorative justice principles and will begin to prepare participants to conduct Victim Offender Mediations with juvenile and adult offenders. No prior mediation experience is necessary to become a volunteer victim-offender mediator with the Center for Dispute Resolution. Additional follow-up training will be provided to program volunteers.

The training fee will be waived for individuals who make a 1-year commitment to volunteer (apx. 4-6 hours per month) for the Center for Dispute Resolution’s Victim-Offender Mediation programs. For non-volunteers the training fee is $150. Space in the training is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to register as early as possible. Completion of a background check is required for all program volunteers. Individuals who wish to attend the training but who cannot make this volunteer commitment may pay to attend the training and should contact the CDR at 417-836-8831.

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