This unique communication process combines restorative justice principles, mediation practices, and community development concepts. Participants learn through hands-on practical applications of facilitative dialogue processes. Past participants saw significant impact in a variety of settings:

  • Working with addiction

  • Working with ex-offenders

  • Healing in blended families

  • Community and neighborhood growth


Transformative Dialogue

16-hour course

Cost - $150 per person

participant limit - 20

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Some of the topics, tools, and skills taught include:

  • Understanding basic communication and the power of nonverbal communication

  • Restorative justice concepts - creating safe place, understanding the impact of values, direct voice, accountability , and stakeholders.

  • Tools from the field of mediation to include - neutral language in appropriate settings, reframing, and positions vs. interests.

  • Understanding the process of transformation.

This course builds on principles learned in Transformative Dialogue. Participants will learn to address a variety of conflicts and complex issues. A few examples:

  • Navigating politically polarized issues like immigration and DACA

  • Addressing internal conflict in work settings, family, and community


Advanced Dialogue Facilitation

16-hour course

Cost - $150 per person

participant limit - 20

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Some of the topics, tools, and skills taught include:

  • Conflict Circle facilitation

  • Understanding the impact of trauma and harm in the communication process

  • Arriving at consensus

  • Preparation techniques for high conflict or extremely polarized topics or groups

Skill Development was created for individuals that have completed the Transitional Dialogue and/or the Restorative Justice Circles course and want more opportunity to practice skills learned. Topic can include:

  • Creating better questions

  • Reframing negative statements

  • Creating neutral questions

  • Identifying positions and interests

  • Managing difficult people as a facilitator


Skill Development




This is a six-week independent self-paced learning module.

Upon registering, participants will be assigned one or two partners to work with via phone, online video calls or in person if available.

Each week partners will receive and email with challenging assignments to practice skills learned during the initial course or courses.

Partners will work together to complete assignments. Each week partners will assess strengths and areas for continued growth in each other.

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