On February 9, 2019, CCMA founders Dr. Char Berquist and Heather Blades led a victim-offender dialogue training for Missouri State students and area community members. This training, offered by the Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR) at Missouri State University, prepared participants to volunteer with the CDR facilitating dialogues between someone whose offense has caused harm and those impacted by their actions.
This process will be applied to two types of case referrals: juvenile offenders referred by the Greene County Juvenile Office, and Missouri State students who have violated the University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
About Victim-Offender Dialogue
Victim-offender dialogue is a facilitated discussion between someone who has committed an offense and the person/people impacted by that offense.
About the Training
This training covered basic restorative justice principles and prepared participants to volunteer to facilitate Victim-Offender Dialogues in two types of cases: with juvenile offenders referred by the Greene County Juvenile Office, and with Missouri State students who have violated the University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
No prior mediation experience is necessary to become a volunteer victim-offender dialogue facilitator. Dr. Berquist and Ms. Blades have been providing outstanding training in Victim-Offender Dialogue Facilitation (Victim-Offender Mediation)for 1 5+ years, and are also experienced in providing program development support.
For more information on Victim-Offender Dialogue Training, email firstname.lastname@example.org.