108 Cherry Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
tel: (802) 748-2977
fax: (802) 748-3146
Group Conference Facilitator
From time to time the St. Johnsbury Community Justice Center
sponsors conflict resolution training for individuals who want
to volunteer in its programs or just learn the techniques. Training
is usually free for Justice Center volunteers but carries an obligation
to volunteer once trained.
Training is offered in the following areas:
Reparative Board Member - This is a Vermont Department
of Corrections training given in a single day-long session or
two evening sessions. Successful completion makes an individual
eligible to be a Reparative Board member anywhere in the State
of Vermont, subject to acceptance by the local program administering
Group Conference Facilitator - This training qualifies
participants to lead or co-lead group conferences, subject to
acceptance by the Justice Center. The training we use is based
on the Real Justice facilitation model and is a one-day training,
with required background reading prior to the training for those
not versed in restorative justice principles.
Mediator - This two-day training gives participants basic
mediation skills and knowledge and qualifies them to serve as
a co-mediator, subject to acceptance by the Community Justice
Center. Completion of a full mediation training program or acquisition
of significant mediation experience and documentation that an
individual is fully qualified is necessary to apply for assignment
as a sole mediator.
COSA Member - This six hour training, spread over three
evenings, prepares citizens to become members of a "Circle of
support and accountability." This is a group of 3 - 5 individuals
who provide an offender reentering the community with an immediate
social support circle of functional people. Once trained, COSA
members are ready for assignment to a circle for a specific offender.
Once this happens a COSA member may do things like provide rides to
doctor appointmants, assist in finding housing or employment, help
set uphousekeeping and generally mentor the "core member (reentering
offender). In many ways a COSA functions as a family member or
friend might in helping someone they care about move beyond an
incapacitating life crisis.