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

15-19 March 2021: Wellington

24-28 May 2021: Palmerston North

11-15 October 2021: Auckland

23 December 2020
Final date for training and mentoring applications

26 March 2021
Final date for training and mentoring applications

13 August 2021
Final date for training and mentoring applications
29 January 2021
Modules 1 to 5 completed
9 April 2021
Modules 1 to 5 completed
27 August 2021
Modules 1 to 5 completed
19 February 2021
Module 6 report submitted
30 April 2021
Module 6 report submitted
17 September 2021
Module 6 report submitted
26 February 2021
Completion of module 7
7 May 2021
Completion of module 7
24 September 2021
Completion of module 7

Ready to begin your pre-course mahi?

Read and download modules Begin Assessment One