Introduction to Mediation and Restorative Justice for Social Workers
Instructor: Lynn Cooper | Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm | Apr. 11 | $60 | Course Code: SWMEDJUS
This workshop is designed to introduce the basic principles and skills of mediation and restorative justice for social work practice. Restorative justice has been increasingly recognized as essential for those working in the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems, especially with victim offender programs, youth offenders, neighborhood justice centers, family court, child welfare, schools, and community dispute resolution centers. Studies have found that those involved in mediation and/or restorative justice meetings/conferences, as participants and providers, express high levels of satisfaction with both the process and the outcome. 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. The workshop is experientially based; there will be exercises and role plays.
About the Instructor:
Lynn B. Cooper, D. Criminology is an Emeritus Professor in the Division of Social Work at Sacramento State University. Dr. Cooper was one of the very first faculty members recognized by the University as an Outstanding Teacher in 1993. In May 2013 the graduating MSW students selected her as the "Most Inspirational Professor." In addition to professorial responsibilities Dr. Cooper has worked for over 10 years as a mediator in a local community based mediation program (SEEDS-CRC; www.seedscrc.org) and for the past several years as a restorative justice facilitator with the Insight Prison Project (IPP) (www.insightprisonproject.org) based in San Rafael, California. Under the auspices of IPP Dr. Cooper is facilitating a restorative justice program at San Quentin Prison and in September completed facilitating a restorative justice pilot project at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. The pilot program lasted 18 months and was very well received by the inmates and the institution.
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*All participants are required to pay a one-time $20 registration fee.