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Victim Offender Mediation Association
18th Annual International Training
Institute and Conference

October 22-26 2001
Portland, Oregon

Request for Proposals

Deadline: February 28, 2001

The Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA) is seeking proposals for trainings and workshops at its 18th Annual International Training Institute and Conference, October 22 - 26, 2001 in Portland, Oregon. The conference theme is "Innovative Practices in Restorative Justice and Victim, Offender and Community Processes." Together, the Institute and Conference will present the leaders and innovators in the areas of restorative justice, VOM, and conferencing.

The Training Institute will be held Monday, October 22 through Wednesday, October 24, 2001. The Training Institute will offer training in basic and advanced VOM/conferencing, as well as other related restorative justice topics. Training proposals should be in one-half day to three-day sessions.

The Conference will be held Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 2001. The Conference will offer workshops covering a variety of RJ, VOM, conferencing, and program management issues. Workshops should generally fit into 1 1/2-hour sessions, with the possibility of a few workshops extending to 3 hours.

Proposals in all areas of restorative justice, VOM, and conferencing are invited. Proposals will be selected on the basis of relevance to the conference theme, and to create a diverse program. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Basic and advanced VOM training
  • Indigenous forms of mediation and justice
  • Cross-cultural and diversity issues
  • Community empowerment
  • Group conferencing models
  • Victim and offender sensitivity training
  • RJ/VOM & lawyers, how to make it work
  • Victim empathy and impact panels
  • Mediating serious and violent offenses
  • Transforming systems through RJ/VOM
  • Community mediation programs & VOM
  • RJ/VOM applications in corrections
  • Foundational RJ values and philosophies
  • Volunteer recruitment and development
  • Circle practices
  • Issues in starting a VOM program
  • Program evaluation and review
  • Research results on RJ/VOM programs
  • Case tracking methods (e.g., software)
  • Increasing referrals and fund raising
  • International approaches to RJ and VOM
  • Collaborating with Victim Services
To submit proposals please complete the attached Request for Proposals form (download Rich Text Format version) and mail or e-mail to:

Jan Bellard
P.O. Box 5, Wentworth, North Carolina 27375
e-mail: jbellard@vnet.net

Hans Boserup
Sundsmarkvej 20, 6400 Sonderborg, Denmark
e-mail: hb@bhc.dk

The Request for Proposals form is also available on VOMA's web site www.voma.org.

See our honorarium policies

The deadline for proposals is February 28, 2001. Receipt of proposals will be confirmed by written notice after they are received. Due to the high volume of proposals VOMA receives, we are unable to accept all proposals submitted. Presenters will be informed as soon as selections are made, but no later than March 31, 2001.

Questions? Contact the Program Committee:
Jan BellardTelephone: (336)662-9968e-mail
Hans BoserupTelephone: 74 42 36 05e-mail
Jane RieseTelephone: (717) 757-1227e-mail

Updated 12/5/2000. Maintained by Duane Ruth-Heffelbower.

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