Restorative Practices 101

Restorative Practices 101

This training explores the fundamentals of restorative practices: a process of centering community, fostering an environment of mutual respect, and responding to instances of harm.

Through exercises and discussion, you will deepen your understanding of how restorative practices can benefit relationships across your organization, personally and professionally.

You’ll also learn to incorporate restorative approaches into your organization’s internal and external operations and interactions, and how to center accountability in efforts to repair harm and prevent harm from reoccurring.

This training guides you along the path of creating a restorative workplace that builds trust, community, and empathy.

Who this training is for: Human Resources professionals, DE&I professionals, leadership teams, employee resource groups, board members, agency service providers, and educators who want to learn restorative ways to build community, and prevent and repair harm.


What’s included:

  • Terminology: Adopting affective language to help people take responsibility, connect with how they are feeling, reinforce positive behavior and draw attention to positive impact
  • Key concepts:
    • Restorative Practices Continuum: An array of approaches, ranging from informal to formal, that focus on fostering a community of trust and mutual respect
    • Social Discipline: An inclusive framework that describes basic approaches to
      accountability, and offers alternatives to punitive responses
    • Responsibility & Accountability: What it means to “do the right thing” in an everchanging society
    • Reducing & Repairing Harm: How to respond restoratively when repairing harm
  • Practice: Actions, tools, and strategies to minimize harm through repair and prevention
  • Resource guide: More information, recommendations, and concrete actions to continue your journey toward social justice



This is a workshop, facilitated conversation. Please fill out our interest form so we can learn more about your needs. A member of our Social Justice team will be in touch.

YWCA Columbus also offers facilitated conversations, which are shorter in length and meant to guide team discussions on topics of implicit bias; identity, privilege, and intersectionality; and microaggressions. 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Phyl Flanagan

Justice, Equity & Belonging Program Manager


email Phyl

Danielle Boyd

Justice, Equity & Belonging Program Manager


email danielle