preconference training Sassari 2020

The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) is organising an intensive pre-conference training course in Sassari (Sardinia, Italy) on 23-24 June 2020 on the use of innovative practices for encouraging communication in a restorative justice encounter: "Restorative language beyond borders. Creative communication strategies in restorative justice practices". 

As usual, our events bring together practitioners, researchers, trainers and other professionals interested in restorative justice from across Europe and beyond to exchange and discuss practices, ideas, challenges, and projects in the field of restorative justice. 

This training course is designed for restorative justice practitioners, who facilitate encounters with different vulnerable groups for whom non-verbal communication may be a barrier for engaging in a restorative justice encounter (e.g. children, migrants, people with communication disorders). Other professionals are also welcomed to attend the course.

The training course will occur just before the 11th international conference of the EFRJ entitled “Justice beyond borders. Restorative connections through space and language”. The training course is only offered as part of the conference package.

Find below the draft schedule of the week

Tue 23/6 Wed 24/6 Thu 25/6 Fri 26/6 Sat 27/6
9.30-18.00 Preconference training

9.30-13.00 Preconference training

15.30-17.30 KINTSUGI seminar

18-20 AGM

20-21 Reception

9-17 Conference


19-20 Reception & RJ award

9-17 Conference


20-22 Social dinner

9-14 Conference


14-18 Field trips

Info on the pre-conference training course

This training course will focus on innovative practices for encouraging dialogue between people who have been harmed and who perpetrated harm in cases when verbal communication can be difficult (e.g. with children, with migrants, with people with communication disorders). This topic is relevant for ensuring that every person in Europe has the right of access to restorative justice services, in any criminal case and at any stage of the criminal procedures, and independently on possible language and communication barriers. 

The training course will include presentations and practical and interactive exercises focusing on the preparatory meetings, as well as the facilitation of a restorative justice process using innovative methods such as working with images, storytelling, etc. 

It will provide a safe and inspiring space for participants to gain additional knowledge and, where relevant, to practice advanced skills that will bring benefit to anyone who has been affected by a crime or conflict.

The group will have a maximum of 25 participants with an interest in innovative restorative justice practices (e.g. mediators, victim support officers, criminal justice professionals, social workers, educators, psychologists, art therapists, service managers, project coordinators, policymakers, researchers, trainers) coming from different countries in Europe and beyond. Participants are expected to have knowledge about restorative justice theories and/or practices and a good level of English.

Practical info

The venue is the same as for the EFRJ Conference, the music conservatory of Sassari University. The training course is 1,5 day long (23 June all day and 24 June half day).

Registrations open in February. Please note that this training course is an additional opportunity for participants of the 11th EFRJ conference to engage in a practical exercises and we will offer seats as a full package only. 

Registration for the training course closes on 15 April. As usual, EFRJ members will benefit from a special rate.

Full Fee (Training Course + Conference)

EFRJ member

370 € (150+220)

Non-EFRJ member

510 € (220+290)