tiwsemawtx campus Powell River

Introduction to Restorative Justice

Sessions: 2
Credential: Micro-Credential
Course Code: REJU 002 S24R70
Location: tiwšɛmawtxw (Powell River)
Course dates: Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 |  9 am to 5 pm

Program overview

Are you curious about conflict de-escalation and resolution? With a focus on accountability, safety and healing, Restorative Justice is an effective approach. The process is often used as an alternative to court. It can also be used in schools, workplaces and in personal relationships.

Restorative Justice is a philosophy and a set of practices that sees conflict and crime as harm done to people, relationships and community. It seeks to empower those impacted by conflict and crime to make decisions about the response instead of relying on institutions like courts to heal the harm.

This course is an introduction to Restorative Justice process and theory. It serves as an introduction to the more comprehensive Restorative Justice Caseworker course.


  • Restorative Justice
  • Safety and suitability in Restorative Justice
  • Power dynamics in conflict
  • Trauma-informed and Victim-centered Restorative Justice
  • Accountability


This course is for anyone who wants to enhance their skills in conflict resolution and apply Restorative Justice in the workplace and in educational settings.

The course is ideal for anyone working in these areas:

  • human resources
  • social work
  • teaching
  • community development
  • youth and family support

Siobhan Brown

Siobhan Brown

Siobhan coordinates qathet Community Justice and has been working in Restorative Justice for seven years. She is passionate about accountability, conflict, healing and building power in community. She has big dreams for Restorative Justice in qathet and is a director on the boards of both the Vancouver Island Regional Restorative Justice Association (VIRRJA) and the Restorative Justice Association of BC (RJABC).

Chelsea Friesen

Chelsea Friesen

Chelsea coordinates the Youth Restorative Action Program with qathet Community Justice. She facilitates youth cases, develops training, supports community outreach and partnerships, and provides mentorship to youth facilitators. She loves grassroots community organizing and is passionate about supporting youth to build their conflict and communication skills.

qathet Community Justice (qCJ) was established in 2004 as Texada Island Restorative Justice. qCJ is a Restorative Justice organization that aims to bring communities together in relationships of trust and restore relationships where conflict or crime has caused harm. qCJ is powered by volunteers who facilitate cases, organize community dialogues, and help train community members in Restorative Justice.

Learn more about qCJ

A micro-credential is a short program or course that can help you develop new skills to help advance you in the workplace or in your job search. With micro-credentials, you can stack smaller courses to build larger ones, committing only to bite-size pieces. Micro-credentials are competency-based, meaning they guide you through developing and demonstrating important skills, rather than being focused on tests and exams. They’re designed to include hands-on learning with lots of feedback.

This course is open to everyone and has no admission requirements.

This course is $500 + GST

For most courses, fees are refundable if you withdraw at least two weeks before the course starts. Extenuating circumstances may be considered for partial refunds. Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines.

Non-Refundable Fees: Some courses may have non-refundable Tuition, Application, and/or Material Fees.

A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.

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For more information on this course please email Professional Development & Training program coordinator Elyse Freeborn (Elyse.Freeborn@viu.ca)