Introduction to Mediation and Restorative Justice for Social Workers

Tanisha Douglas, MSW| Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | May 2 | $60 | Course code: SWMEDJUS

Principles and tools from mediation and restorative justice have radicalized how justice, school and child welfare systems address criminal offenses, school discipline and family conflict, among other community issues. Mediation and restorative justice practices engender the experience of care, dialogue and accountability so valued in the social work profession. This holds true at all levels of social work practice, with individuals, groups, communities, and large organizations. Mediation is recognized by NASW as an explicit social work method. This workshop is designed to introduce the basic principles and skills of mediation and restorative justice for social work practice. It is popular education-based, including experiential exercises and role plays.

About the Instructor:

Tanisha Douglas currently serves as a school social worker with a Global Kids program at John Adams High School in Queens, having recently left her role as the Clinical Supervisor for Youth Services at the Center for Community Alternatives in Brooklyn. She has extensive experience in after-school programming, popular education, community organizing and advocacy in the juvenile justice, youth development and the social and racial justice arenas, working for such organizations as the Harlem Children's Zone, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Sadie Nash Youth Leadership Project, NASW Undoing Racism Internship Project and the Children's Defense Fund, among others. She is an approved mediator through the New York Peace Institute's Mediation and Apprenticeship program.  In her various roles at youth-serving agencies, she has pulled from her training in mediation and restorative justice to lead conflict resolution processes and develop official protocol. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, where she focused on clinical practice, criminal justice, law and African-centered healing models. Mental Health Strategic Work Group.

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*All participants are required to pay a one-time $20 registration fee.