Restorative Practices

Restorative Mindset for Organizational Leaders

This three-hour session, The Restorative Mindset for Organizational Leaders, was designed specifically for UW Medicine senior leaders. This session will help you develop a deeper understanding of restorative principles and enhance your ability to support the members of your unit who will lead circles in the future.

UW Medicine has embarked on a journey to bring restorative practices into our institution to build community and as an alternative dispute resolution tool.  For these efforts to be successful, we need UW Medicine senior leaders to understand and be advocates of restorative practices. This knowledge and experience will help you support colleagues in your units who will be trained and moving into further work as facilitators.  

This workshop will dive deeper into the three tiers of restorative justice and restorative practices. These principles are based upon the process of community building and acknowledgement of accountability:

Tier 1. Prevention – focused on community building;

Tier 2. Intervention – used to address harm;

Tier 3. Reintegration – balancing circles of community support and accountability (COSA) for the party responsible for harm as they are reintroduced to the community.

Additionally, as a leader you will learn:

  • When to consider restorative justice to promote healing when harm has occurred
  • How to incorporate community building circles into everyday work
  • How leading with a restorative mindset can help navigate conflict

More Opportunities coming soon!

Restorative Justice Practices Facilitator Training:

In this experiential training session, you will learn about Tiers 1 through 3. The restorative practices and how to apply them to build and sustain a strong sense of community. Centering the well-being of a community reduces the risk of harm and will position you to effectively restore and heal relationships, as needed. Cultivating a restorative mindset will introduce you to a lens through which to view human behavior and deepen your capacity for empathy and active accountability. Restorative practices offer tools and skills to foster authentic dialogue and collaborative problem-solving and help build resilience for individuals and teams.

Participants will be able to utilize restorative practices to:
Build and sustain a strong sense of community
Design and facilitate community building circles
Create the conditions for authentic and restorative dialogue
Engage in restorative inquiry
Apply a restorative mindset to analyze and respond to challenging situations
Unpack the distinction between intent and impact
Engage in difficult conversations across different perspectives

Upcoming Opportunities

Our next 3-day Facilitator Training application is closed. We are working on planning our next facilitator training workshop for the early Spring 2024.

Requirements to apply and participate:
– Must have already attended the Restorative Justice Introduction Workshop 
– Must be available in-person* for ALL three days listed below
– Must be available to facilitate for one year at UW Medicine

Post Facilitator Training Learning Labs

Post Facilitator Training Learning Labs are created for facilitators to practice and expand there RJ facilitator skills while gathering with other facilitators.

More opportunities coming soon!

If you have any questions related to Restorative Justice trainings, please email