Youth present a unique challenge in the practices of Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice. On the one hand, youth have their own needs, and require us to adapt the time-tested techniques that we have practiced for our entire careers. On the other hand, youth are entitles to the same ethics, standards, and quality of service as any other party, and our core values don't change depending on the age of our parties. So, how do we proceed? This one-day training is designed to explore these issues and more, enabling practitioners to effectively engage youth.
Developed in collaboration with the New York State Unified Court System Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution, this training draws on the skills, experience, and knowledge already present in practitioners. These resources are supplemented with some new information and a few additional tools to produce practitioners capable of working with youth in a variety of settings, from a wide array of referral sources, and using a diversity of processes.