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How to Use Role Play in Training?

The EFRJ starts the new online workshop series "Bite-Sized Learning of Restorative Training Facilitation" with a focus on role play. 
Participating in a role play can be a powerful learning experience. It contributes to creating an understanding of key issues, and the perspectives of each stakeholder in incomparably experiential way. In restorative justice training it helps facilitators, service providers, policy makers, and researchers to step in the shoes of people harmed and people who caused harm, and to recognise what they might need, what are their difficulties, and how to communicate with them. It develops communication, and problem solving skills when working with clients, colleagues, or students. It can help us to get prepared for difficult situations or conversations by exploring our potential responses to them in a safe way. It can also make the learning process creative and fun. 

Yet, how to engage participants in role play activities in a protected and stimulating way? How to embed it in restorative training? What is role of the facilitator? 

This workshop will: 

  • Explore the functions of role play in restorative training through creative activities. 
  • Introduce different types of role plays.
  • Give practical examples of how to adapt role play for online settings.
  • Address common challenges and suggest how over come them.
  • Generate ideas for developing role play exercises in your practice.

 The workshop is suitable for experienced trainers, practitioners who wish to develop their training practice, and anyone who wishes to embark on a journey of learning about training facilitation.  

The workshop will be led by Tom Mellor senior restorative trainer, facilitator from the United Kingdom. He is also a performer and has an extensive experience of facilitating applied theatre in criminal justice related contexts. 




The event takes place online (on Zoom). 

Adjust the starting time to your own time zone here

Participation fee

Default fee55€
Discounted fee for members of the EFRJ Register of Restorative Trainers and EFRJ members15€
Tom Mellor

Workshop Facilitator

Tom Mellor

Tom Mellor came to the world of restorative practice from a background in theatre and live performance, training as a mask actor and working for years with the BAFTA award winning Geese Theatre Company. He has toured with various theatre companies across the Europe as a performer, improviser and facilitator and draws on many of these techniques and experiences in his restorative work. Tom enjoys supporting teachers and facilitators to develop engaging and creative ways to deliver training and explore what it means to be a restorative trainer.  

Tom is one of the co-founders and directors of The Restorative Lab, a specialist small company supporting organisations to develop relational and restorative attitudes, behaviours and processes that are congruent with their espoused values. Tom has extensive experience in the training and support of restorative practitioners and in the strategic development of restorative services in the fields of social care, children and young people’s services, criminal justice, and education. Tom completed a Masters in Education at Cambridge University and is currently studying an MSc in psychotherapy and is interested in ways psychotherapy can inform and support restorative practice.