The course of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ)

What is it about? 
This online course offers a thorough insight into application of restorative justice in cases of serious harm.  It allows participants to explore the special principles and safeguards of applying restorative justice in cases that are considered serious. The learning is organised through active participation, discussions, group exercises and common reflections, and it features specific and practical examples such as for example scenarios of (anonymised) cases. 

For whom? 
The course is an essential introduction for those who want to study this area of restorative justice applications. It is recommended for participants who already completed a basic introduction to restorative justice training, or are have a good overview on the basics of restorative justice practice. It is especially recommended for policy makers, managers, and full-time workers (social workers, psychologists,  police, prosecutors, judges, prison and probation officers) and volunteers who wish to implement restorative justice in this area.

The course takes place online (via Zoom) and it is delivered in English by Gael Cochrane and Martina Jordan, EFRJ registered trainers. 

Participants of the course will receive course materials and get access to the a number of additional pre-recorded video presentations that invite them to learn about specialised topics related to restorative justice. These resources will remain available for them even after the end of the course and they can watch them according to their own interests and in their own pace. 

Minimum recommended bandwidth is 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up and downloading speed). You can check your internet speed here for example. You can read more about system requirements for using Zoom here.

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Participation fees

When you register for this course, you will get a 25% discount code to participate in the Introduction to Restorative Justice course (you will need to register for that separately. Use the code to get the discount when you register. 

Members get 20% reduction of all fees. If you want to subscribe as a member, please contact Bálint Juhász to get your discount code. 

Is the participation fee a barrier for you to participate?  We can offer a limited number of partial or full waivers of the fee. If you would like apply for that please contact Bálint Juhász and explain your situation in an email in an email until the latest 22nd March 2021. 

  Early bird fee
(until 5 April)
Full price
Only in this course for non-members
(+ Insight Talks) 
160 € 190 €
Only in this course for members 
(+ Insight Talks) 
128 € 152 €
In both introduction courses in Spring 2021 for non-members 
(+ Insight Talks) 
280 € 320 €
In both introduction courses in Spring 2021 for members 
(+ Insight Talks) 
224 € 256 €

"The person is not the problem; the problem is the problem”
Michael White

Gael and Martina


Gael Cochrane & Martina Jordan

Gael Cochrane is a trainer and the Learning Development and Innovation Lead at Community Justice Scotland. She has been delivering training to a wide variety of participants for the past 19 years. She has been working on the development and delivery of training programmes including Mental Health Advocacy training, education programmes about Drugs, Alcohol and risk taking behaviour, Peer Education and Resilience, Carer Awareness (to healthcare professionals) , Sexual Health and Relationships (to young people) , Self Esteem and Resilience with Young People (Youth workers and teachers), New Psychoactive Substances (to Drug and Alcohol partnerships) and Equality Act Training (for Housing workers), Drugs, Alcohol and Risk taking courses, FASD awareness, Children Affected by Parental Substance Use, parenting Humanism courses, and other bespoke training. Gael has provided training to Prison Officers in Child Protection and Families Affected by Imprisonment. For the past two and half years Gael has been delivering core training to Justice Social Workers and other Justice Professionals on a variety of risk assessment tools, Group Work and Restorative Justice.

Martina Jordan is social worker who worked in the youth justice systems in London and in Northern Ireland for 20 years. For the latter 12 years she was a youth conference co-ordinator, facilitating restorative meetings between young people who commit offences and those whom they harmed. Martina left youth justice in 2015 and since then she has been providing restorative justice/restorative practices training to schools, sporting organisations, police and criminal justice agencies at home in NI, in various parts of Europe and in South East Asia. Martina has a particular interest in the use of RJ with cases or incidents where serious harm has been caused. An expert practitioner, she is currently working with two organisations adopting a restorative approach to historical abuse. Martina is a strong advocate for the use of restorative approaches in every context which values relational connection over punishment


"People start to heal the moment they feel heard."
Cheryl Richardson

EFRJ Spring Courses 2021