Organized by the Pikes Peak RJ Council, the 2015 Pikes Peak RJ Symposium (click here) will feature Mark Umbreit from the Center for Peacemaking and Restorative Justice at the University of Minnesota. LCJP staff Kathleen McGoey and Lindsey Pointer will present two sessions:
Partnering with Police in Restorative Justice Organizations
This is an information session about how Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP), over the past 20 years, has built a strong partnership with the police department in Longmont. LCJP continues to work closely with the police, with approximately 150 offenders referred directly by police officers each year. This session will include valuable information on forming partnerships, maintaining relationships, and integrating police officers in restorative justice conferences. Along with the three presenters, there will be a police officer from Longmont Police Department in attendance to share his/her perspective. There will also be time for questions and discussion.
Teamplay: Teaching Restorative Practices through Games
Games and metaphors create an accessible and meaningful learning environment for restorative principles. These games can be used in facilitator or community training, as well as with youth and in schools to develop and encourage aspects of restorative justice such as Beverly Title’s 5 R’s: relationship, respect, relationship, responsibility, repair and reintegration. In addition to being fun and decreasing resistance to new concepts or ideas, game-based learning allows a safe environment to test out new skills, make mistakes or create a microcosm of a larger issue—giving it distance from the 'heat' of real-life scenarios while also contextualizing it in a performance-based approach. This session will discuss the use of experiential learning through play, including modeling participatory games to take back to your team.