Restorative justice

Facilitator induction training

Restorative justice facilitator induction training helps you get ready to start on-the-job mentoring, working with victims and offenders and facilitating conferences.

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Who can train | What's involved | Course dates

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Who can do restorative justice facilitator training?

Trainees working with a restorative justice provider can begin facilitator induction training, starting with the self-study pre-course modules. It is important that trainees are already working with a provider organisation, as part of the pre-course mahi (work) includes observing a court-referred conference. See a list of restorative justice providers at justice.govt.nz.

To be considered for training, you will need to complete a training and mentoring form with your provider:

Training application form [DOC] SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

People who are not working with a restorative justice provider can complete and be assessed for self-study modules one to five independently. There is a small fee to be assessed for these modules.

Register to complete self-study modules independently

What does training involve?

Restorative justice facilitator induction training has two parts:

1. Seven self-study modules

2. A five-day training course

READ and download MODULES Begin Assessment One

Part 1: Self-study modules

There are seven pre-course modules. Modules one to five are assessed in an online quiz, module six involves a written report of a restorative justice conference you observe, and module seven involves a phone assessment with a trainer.

  • You can start the pre-course modules anytime. It is good to start early, as soon as you join a restorative justice provider. Start with module one.
  • Talk to your provider about observing a conference as soon as possible. You will need to observe a conference for module six.
  • Thoroughly read each module and complete the practice exercises before beginning each assessment.
  • Once you have completed the module one quiz assessment and submitted your application form, you will be sent access to the other module assessments.
  • You can work on module six and observe a conference as soon as you have completed module one.

Read and download modules | Watch module practice videos | Download report template | Begin assessment one

Part 2: Five-day training course

Facilitator training courses generally run twice each year, in Wellington and Auckland.

Training is free-of-charge if you are a facilitator for a Ministry of Justice contracted restorative justice provider. Provider organisations generally cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Discuss this with your provider organisation.

The training covers a lot of information (you'll get a workbook to take home with you) and provides lots of opportunities to practice skills and get feedback.

Courses run from Monday to Friday, between 8.30am-5.30pm. Trainees need to attend the full week. Lunch and refreshments are included.

"Absolutely superb course... intense, but by far the best training I have ever been on. The trainers were knowledgeable and humble. They kept us all interested and focused, and I feel completely ready to move on to learning more as I start conferencing."

Upcoming training course dates and deadlines

6-10 May 2019: Wellington

11-15 November 2019: Auckland

25 February
Final date for training and mentoring applications

30 August
Final date for training and mentoring applications

15 March
Modules 1 to 5 completed
Module 6 report submission deadline

20 September
Modules 1 to 5 completed
Module 6 report submission deadline
05 April
Email of acceptance to the course
11 October
Email of acceptance to the course


Ready to begin your pre-course mahi?

Read and download modules Begin Assessment One