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15th Annual
International VOMA
Training Institute and Conference

"Innovative Practices in Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender Mediation"

Victim Offender Mediation Association

September 15 - 19, 1998

Holiday Inn City Center

Tucson, Arizona

 

The VOMA Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend the Association’s 15th Annual Training Institute and Conference, to be held in Tucson, Arizona. Expect great training, workshops, and plenary sessions. Registration information is enclosed.

For additional information contact the Restorative Justice Institute at:

Telephone: 703/404-1246

email: voma@voma.org

web site: http://www.voma.org

 

TRAINING INSTITUTE

 

Basic Training - September 15-17 (Tuesday - Thursday)

 

Training A Basic Training for Victim-Offender Mediation (3 days)

This experiential, interactive training is designed to provide a basic understanding of the victim-offender mediation process and the skills necessary to mediate effectively. Participants will gain an understanding of victims and offenders, explore the benefits and risks of the process, and learn restorative justice principles. Trainees will develop skills in communication, facilitation, and mediation. Following training, it is imperative that trainees receive a hands-on internship with experienced mediators.

 

Trainer: Jean Greenwood, M.Div., Researcher, writer, trainer and speaker in the field of victim offender mediation and restorative justice. Jean conducted a national survey of mediation programs in cooperation with the Center for Restorative Justice & Mediation, University of MN, where she was training coordinator for two years. She has seven years of experience in VOM as a mediator and program director, and has developed criteria for victim-sensitive VOM. An international consultant and trainer, she has trained mediators across the nation and consulted with programs in Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Advanced Training - September 15-17 (Tuesday - Thursday)

 

Training B Impact of Crime on Victims Curriculum Training (3 days)

This training will focus on the curriculum developed by MADD, the California Youth Authority, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The program is designed to assist youth and adult offenders in accepting responsibility for their behaviors, understanding the impact of their crimes on their direct and indirect victims; learning how to bond with positive, healthy people and contributing to their communities in ways that will prevent future victimization. The curriculum focuses on victims of crimes involving persons and property, and utilizes audio/video tapes, role-plays, discussions and community victims sharing their personal stories.

 

Trainers: Gary Hook, M.S., Adolescent Sex Offender Program Specialist, New York State Office for Children and Family Services, Rensselaer, New York. Gary is a Co-Chair of the Capital District Coalition for Crime Victim Rights and is a member of the NYS Alliance of Sex Offender Service Providers. Barbara Schmidt, M.A.J., Coordinator of the KINnections program at Kansas Children’s Service League, Wichita, KS and a VOMA Board member. Barbara was the director of Victim Offender Mediation Services in Wichita, is an advisory committee member for the DUI Victim Center of Kansas, and is certified as a mediator and trainer by the Kansas Supreme Court’s Office of Judicial Administration.

 

Advanced Training - September 15 & 16 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

 

Training C Small Group Conferencing (2 days)

Small Group Conferencing (SGC) is designed to serve cases where primary and secondary victims and offenders wish to participate. SGC may be helpful when it appears the primary victim and/or offender would benefit from involving parents, siblings, and/or others. SGC is not the same as multi-party VOM, but it is a close relative, therefore having had VOM training and experience is a must. SGC is an additional option for programs to utilize.

 

Due to the participatory nature of this group process training, trainees are asked to commit to being present for both days of this two-day training. If you unable to be present for both days, please select another of the Institute’s training options. Prerequisite: Training and experience in victim offender mediation.

 

Trainer: Carolyn McLeod, Community Justice Coordinator for the Washington County Court Services, Stillwater, MN and VOMA Board member. Carolyn has trained and presented at many of the previous VOMA conferences and has trained at local, state, national, and international levels.

 

TRAINING INSTITUTE

 

Advanced Training - September 15 & 16 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

 

Training D Community Involvement, Standards, and Ethical Considerations in

Restorative Justice Approaches (2 days)

This training will present the restorative justice concept and its principles, and compare them with our current criminal justice systems. It will describe steps which have, and can be taken to implement reforms. Recognizing the network of needs and responsibilities which constitute the relationships between crime victims, offenders, the community, and the government is basic to understanding this approach. Participants will explore standards of practice and ethical considerations for this work.

 

Trainers: William T. Preston, JD, Restorative Justice Institute, is a member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Corrections and Sentencing Committee and the State Bars of Virginia and Florida, and has been certified as a mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. Greg D. Richardson, MA, JD, Restorative Justice Institute, is president of the National Community Sentencing Assn. and a member of the American Correctional Assn. Restorative Justice Committee, American Bar Assn. Criminal Justice Section’s Corrections and Sentencing Committee, and the State Bar of Wisconsin.

 

Training E When Difficulties Arise: Merging Mediation Models and Using Tools Well (2 days)

Practitioners come to VOM work with a range of mediation techniques, applications and philosophies. Some are more familiar with directive negotiation/settlement based models, others feel more comfortable with a more humanistic approach. The effective mediator is able to adapt tools from different models and apply them to the characteristics of different sessions. Workshop participants must have at least 1 year’s VOM mediator experience as they will explore and practice using tools and techniques to handle a variety of situations, including power imbalance, unrealistic expectations and impasse. The workshop will be fast-paced and interactive, with a significant amount of time devoted to role playing and role play processing.

 

Trainers: Kimberly Fink-Adams, Director of The Mediation Center’s juvenile VOM program in Asheville, NC. She is co-founder of the NC VOM Resource Group and the NC Restorative Justice Resource Group. Kim is a VOMA Board member, and is experienced in community, family/parenting and settlement conference mediation, as well as VOM. Jan Bellard, Mediation Network of NC. Jan directs two statewide VOM projects, one involves partnering mediation centers with community corrections programs for adult felony referrals; the other involves a partnership between mediation centers and juvenile courts. Jan is co-founder of the NC VOM Resource Group and the NC Restorative Justice Group and has been involved in developing mediations with death row inmates in NC.

 

Advanced Training - September 17 (Thursday)

Training F Mediating With Difficult People (1 day)

This training focuses on dealing with denied aspects of ourselves as mediators, and how this can become a piece of precious common ground from which one can operate. Participants will identify difficult people "types", then learn to welcome them by identifying what they bring to the table. The process involves speaking from the heart, and learning to see "difficult" people as beneficial in mediation. Trainees will learn to search for the way things make sense to that person and work from his or her view of reality to find common ground.

 

Trainer: Barbara Ashley Phillips, American West Institute for Conflict Resolution, Halfway, OR. Barbara is a skilled teacher and storyteller. She is also a professional mediator, facilitator and trainer in conflict management skills. She is author of "Finding Common Ground: A Field Guide to Mediation".

 

TRAINING INSTITUTE

 

Advanced Training - September 17 (Thursday)

 

Training G Mediation Part One: Preparing Parties to Come Together (1 day)

Preparing parties effectively for mediation is crucial for positive resolution of the case. This interactive training provides participants with the opportunity to practice their "coaching" skills, to discuss some of the more controversial issues regarding case preparation, and to reflect on their preparation experiences. How to speak with parties prior to the session, screening, assessment, and appropriate questioning are included. Participants will be invited to share and learn from each other as well as from the trainers.

 

Trainers: Marvin Boakye, trainer for Mediation Services, Winnipeg, Canada. Marvin specializes in the areas of negotiation, mediation and understanding workplace conflicts. He has extensive experience in preparing parties for victim-offender mediation. Chris Freeman, caseworker in the Court Program (Victim-Offender) at Mediation Services in Winnipeg, Canada. Chris’ experience includes mediating victim offender, parent-teen, child protection and family conflicts.

 

Training H Working Sensitively and Effectively with Victims and Offenders (2 half-day sessions)

 

Offender Sensitivity Training (1/2 Day - Morning)

This training provides the tools to facilitate offender accountability, victim empathy, and offender healing. Video tape excerpts, printed materials, and personal interaction will explore needs and issues in working with offenders and help participants establish physical and emotional safety in mediation. The workshop will also focus on understanding denial; facing feelings, especially guilt and shame; identifying thinking errors; and recognizing the interdependence of the healing process for victims and offenders.

 

Trainer: David Doerfler, Coordinator of VOM/Dialogue Program and the Victim Services Division Volunteer Program for the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, Austin, TX. David is chair of the TDCJ Post Trauma Staff Support Program, a VOMA Board member, and an associate trainer with Dr. Mark Umbreit, Center for Restorative Justice and Mediation, University of MN at the "Advanced Victim Sensitivity Mediation Training in Crimes of Severe Violence". He has over twenty-five years experience in the fields of counseling and volunteer-based victim offender mediation.

 

Victim Sensitivity Training (1/2 Day - Afternoon)

This training, "Feeling, Thinking and Doing for, with and by Victims", is an interactive guide for what crime victims need. Designed as a foundation for working with victims, it includes a victim impact panel and information about basic victimology/victimization which assists trainees in thinking about the needs of victims and learning cognitive tools for working effectively with them. There will be an interactive question and answer period focusing on how to integrate and apply the "heart and head" knowledge and a discussion of practical restorative justice measures and programs.

 

Trainers: Ellen Halbert, was a victim of a violent crime in 1986 when she was raped, stabbed, beaten with a hammer and left for dead. She was appointed as the first victim to serve on the TX Board of Criminal Justice and is a nationally recognized authority on victims’ needs. Raven Kazen, State Director of Victim Services for the TX Dept. of Criminal Justice. Raven is a dedicated victim advocate and an authority on victim rights and issues. David Doerfler, Coordinator of VOM/Dialogue Program for the TX Dept. of Criminal Justice, Austin, TX. He coordinates the Victim Services Division Volunteer Program, chairs the Post Trauma Staff Support Program, and is a VOMA Board member.

 

 

TRAINING INSTITUTE SCHEDULE

 

7:30am Registration

8:00am Training begins

10:00am - 10:15am Break

12:00noon - 1:00pm Lunch

3:00pm - 3:15pm Break

5:30pm Closure

 

 

 

Conference "Track" Information :

Many workshop titles are followed by a letter code which indicates a specific area of interest.

The tracks are described as:

V - Program Organization/Structural Issues

W - Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Parties

X - Personal Growth, Reflection, and Spirituality

Y - Mediating Crimes of Severe Violence ** Please see program note below.

Z – Working with Youth

 

** Mediating Crimes of Severe Violence program note: Once considered to be outside the bounds of VOM, there is now interest in applying Restorative Justice (RJ) principles to crimes of severe violence. Victims are finding that confronting their offenders in a safe and controlled setting, with the assistance of a mediator, can return some sense of safety and control in their lives. Such offenses are mediated after months of work with a specially trained mediator, in collaboration with the victim’s therapist and/or other professionals. Mediators must screen cases, and every aspect of the process must have victim safety as its foremost concern. Only offenders who admit guilt, express remorse and want to make amends should be considered candidates for mediation.

 

This conference track explores the application of RJ principles in crimes of severe violence, with a focus upon opportunities for networking and sharing of experiences among practitioners. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire track, as each workshop builds upon the previous session(s). Attendance at all workshops is essential for inexperienced mediators. Training for mediation in crimes of severe violence is beyond the scope of this track. Information about training opportunities will be offered.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Friday, September 18

 

7:30 – 8:30 REGISTRATION

8:30 – 10:00 Opening Plenary: Victim-Offender Mediation Within the Tribal Communities

Family members from one of Southern Arizona’s Indian Reservations and members of the Tucson Restorative Justice Project in the U.S. Attorney’s office will demonstrate the process used in cases of severe violence as victims of violent crimes and their communities begin the healing process.

 

Presenters: Dori Arter, Victim Witness Program, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Susan R. Via, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Bruce R. Hesse, Adria Santa Anna, Mark Geiger, U.S. Probation Officers.

 

10:00 – 10:15 BREAK

 

10:15 – 11:45 MORNING WORKSHOPS

 

Workshop 1: Mobilizing the Faith Community in Starting a VORP (1.5 hours) ( V )

This workshop will focus on how to mobilize and cultivate partnerships with the faith community for sustainable funding and other resources. It will look at how involving the faith community can impact a program.

Presenters: Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, M.Div., JD., attorney and ordained Mennonite minister, Associate Director of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies of Fresno Pacific University and a member of the graduate school faculty. Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Director, Mennonite Central Committee Office on Crime and Justice and VOMA Board Co-chair. Jean Greenwood, M. Div., researcher, writer, trainer and speaker in the field of VOM and restorative justice. She conducted a national survey of mediation programs in cooperation with the Center for Restorative Justice & Mediation, University of MN.

 

Workshop 2: Merchant Accountability Boards (1.5 hours)

This program presents the Deschutes County, Oregon Merchant Accountability Board’s program which is staffed by volunteer merchants. Designed to ensure that shoplifting offenders do not fall through the cracks, the Board holds the offenders directly accountable to victim merchants and the community.

Presenters: Deborah Galvin, Community Justice Coordinator, and Lee Petmecky, Community Restoration Team, Deschutes County, Bend, Oregon.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Friday, September 18

 

Workshop 3: Working Sensitively with Crime Victims (1.5 hours) ( W )

This workshop offers an interactive focus on what crime victims need. Participants will be asked to think about the needs of victims and will learn cognitive tools to work even more effectively with them, as well as how to apply this "heart and head" knowledge.

Presenters: Ellen Halbert, a victim of a violent crime, has served on the TX Board of Criminal Justice and has testified on victims’ needs across the nation. Raven Kazen, Director of Victim Services, Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, and David Doerfler, Coordinator of VOM/Dialogue Program, TX Dept. of Criminal Justice.

 

Workshop 4: Using Juvenile Victim Offender Mediators in Juvenile Offense Cases (1.5 hours) ( Z )

The Richland County Court of Common Pleas offers juvenile VOM in misdemeanor and felony cases that come before the court. A team of one high school student and one adult conduct the meetings and family group conferences. Youthful mediators and the program director will share stories and answer questions.

Presenter: Martha Green, Mediation Coordinator, Richland County Court of Common Pleas, Mansfield, OH.

 

Workshop 5: Understanding the Mindset of a Juvenile Offender (1.5 hours) ( W @ Z)

This workshop will focus on offenders’ thought processes or "thinking errors" that help them avoid responsibility for their behavior and rationalize why it is acceptable. These include minimizing their illegal behavior, blaming the victims or substance abuse problems, claiming that they did not understand the possible impact of their behavior, denying their own involvement in the offense, and/or believing that they won’t get caught. Presenter: Gary Hook, M.S., Adolescent Sex Offender Program Specialist, New York State Office for Children and Family Services, Rensselaer, New York.

 

Workshop 6: Mediating Victim-Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence – The Foundation

Part One (3.0 hours) ( Y )

Participants will be introduced to a humanistic model of mediated dialogue involving an intensive case preparation process, coupled with a non-directive style of mediation. The range of skills and knowledge needed for these cases will be explored.

Presenter: Mark S. Umbreit, Ph.D., Director, Center for Restorative Justice and Mediation, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

 

11:45 – 1:00 LUNCH

 

1:00 – 2:30 AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS – SESSION ONE

 

Workshop 6: Mediating Victim-Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence – The Foundation

Part Two

 

Workshop 7: Managing and Maintaining Volunteer Mediators (1.5 hours) ( V )

This workshop includes a discussion of practices used to manage and maintain volunteer mediators, including staff support, staff pre-case management, mediation coordination, and recognition.

Presenters: Betsy Coddington, Executive Director and Vicki L. Biggs, VOMP Director, Resolutions Northwest, Portland, OR.

 

Workshop 8: "THEFT TALK" (1.5 hours)

"THEFT TALK" specializes in counseling juvenile and adult offenders, and maintains the premise that offenders are more motivated to change when they make a human connection to their crime. This workshop will focus on offender thinking errors, how to redirect offenders’ thinking from themselves and to the victim.

Presenter: Steve Houseworth, Executive Director, "THEFT TALK" Counseling Service, Portland, OR. Steve has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a juvenile court counselor for Clackamas County, OR.

 

Workshop 9: Forgiveness: Unloading the Loaded (3.0 hours) Part One ( W & X )

Forgiveness is the art of identifying what you are doing to hold past pain in your life, and taking the necessary steps to let it go. Learn a technique for clearing past pain and use it for a lifetime.

Presenter: Barbara Ashley Phillips, American West Institute for Conflict Resolution, Halfway, OR.

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Friday, September 18

 

Workshop 10: Fundraising 101 - A Circle (1.5 hours) ( V )

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss specific areas of fundraising. The facilitators are VOMA members with experience in various aspects of fundraising.

Co-facilitators: Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Mennonite Central Committee Office on Crime and Justice, Quakertown, PA, Kathleen Bird, The Conciliation Ctr., Liberty, MO, Kathy Hall, IA Mediation Srvc, W. Des Moines, IA, Ann Warner Roberts, Center for Restorative Justice and Mediation, St. Paul, MN.

 

Workshop 11: "Project Payback" – An Approach to Restitution ( Z )

The Payback Restitution Program provides paid community service work for unemployed juvenile offenders. Participants will learn how to develop partnerships within the community and how to make this program attractive to employers.

Presenter: Steve Walker, Supervisor of the Accountability Programs Unit, Dept. of Juvenile and Adult Community Justice, Multnomah County, OR.

 

2:30 - 2:45 BREAK

2:45 - 4:15 AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS - SESSION TWO

 

Workshop 9: Forgiveness: Unloading the Loaded Part Two

 

Workshop 12: Mediating Victim-Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence –

Emerging Applications (1.5 hours) ( Y )

As new mediation/dialogue programs are implemented in differing settings, the model broadens. This panel of practitioners/program directors will describe their approaches, their processes, and the results.

Presenters: David Doerfler, VOM/Dialogue Program, TX Dept. of Criminal Justice and VOMA Board member, Karin Ho, Administrator of the Office Of Victim Services for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Columbus, OH, Carolyn McLeod, Community Justice Coordinator, Washington County Court Services, Stillwater, MN and VOMA Board member, Marty Price, J.D., Director, VORP Information and Resource Center, Camas, WA and VOMA Board member.

 

Workshop 13: Collaborating with Victim Services Programs (1.5 hours) ( V )

This workshop will explore the unique differences between victim assistance programs and mediation programs and provides participants with effective collaboration strategies to enhance working relationships.

Presenters: Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Director, Mennonite Central Committee Office on Crime and Justice and VOMA Board Co-chair. Mary Achilles, Office of the Victim Advocate, Harrisonburg, PA.

Workshop 14: Expanding on the Work of the National Survey: Innovative Practices (1.5 hours)

This workshop will explore creative adaptations of programs and practices that emerged in the National Survey of VOM programs. Possibilities that address pressing needs within the field will be explored.

Presenter: Jean Greenwood, M.Div. Jean is a researcher, writer and trainer in the field of restorative justice. She conducted a national survey of programs with the Ctr. for RJ & Mediation, University of MN.

Workshop 15: Integrating School & Family Mediation Programs with Victim Offender

(1.5 hours) ( Z )

This workshop describes how the youth programs of the New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution are integrated with VOM to bring a more holistic view to the needs of families affected by crime.

Presenter: David River, Coordinator and Case Manager for the Victim Offender Program, School Suspension Mediation Program, Parent Teen Mediation Program, New Mexico Ctr. for Dispute Resolution.

Workshop 16: Cross Cultural Issues in Mediation (1.5 hours) (W)

This workshop will deal with cross cultural issues including the use of an interpreter, and how they impact VOM. The presenter will encourage open dialogue to enhance learning.

Presenter: Jonathan Chaplan, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Jonathan is a privately-practicing mediator and has been a criminal lawyer for 13 years. He speaks French, Spanish and Vietnamese.

7:00 - 9:00 KEYNOTE DINNER Dave Worth (see back cover of brochure)

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Saturday, September 19

 

7:30 - 8:30 REGISTRATION

 

8:30 - 10:00 MORNING WORKSHOPS - SESSION ONE

 

Workshop 17: Starting a VOM Program: Issues and Strategies (4.5 hours) Part One ( V )

This workshop covers basic steps and issues in organizing a VOM Program, and will offer strategies for involving the community and gaining support. Program design, public relations, funding issues, options regarding types of cases for intervention, referral sources, and training opportunities will be discussed.

Presenter: Susan Wiese, Coordinator, Mediation Services of La Crosse, WI and VOMA Board member.

 

Workshop 18: Innovative and Controversial Practices (1.5 hours) ( V )

Examine innovative and controversial practices that have found success in victim offender mediation; including using volunteer mediators who have no knowledge of the crime prior to mediation, and mediating multiple party offenses with all parties involved in the same mediation session.

Presenters: Betsy Coddington, Executive Director and Vicki L. Biggs, VOMP Director, Resolutions Northwest, Portland OR.

 

Workshop 19: Mediating Victim-Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence – Case Stories

(1.5 hours) ( Y )

In an emerging field where we are all beginners, we need to learn from each others’ experiences. Each practitioner will present one or more rich case stories and the lessons learned from the experience.

Presenters: David Doerfler, Karin Ho, Carolyn McLeod, and Marty Price (see Workshop # 12 for presenter information).

 

Workshop 20: Facilitating Forgiveness: How a Mediator Addresses the Issue (1.5 hours) ( W )

The issues of forgiveness can’t be ignored, set aside, deemed irrelevant, left totally to the participant’s initiative, or facilitated by the mediator. This workshop will review the theories and myths of forgiveness, the anatomy of apologies, techniques for helping the participants process their issues, and personal stories.

Presenter: Martha Green, Mediator Coordinator, Richland County Court of Common Pleas, Mansfield, OH.

Workshop 21: Circles of Support and Accountability (1.5 hours) (W)

An experimental program in providing community safety, victim support and offender accountability after sex offenders are released from prison in Toronto, Ontario.

Presenter: Dave Worth (see Keynote Speaker, back page of brochure)

 

 

10:00 - 10:15 BREAK

10:15 - 11:45 MORNING WORKSHOPS - SESSION TWO

 

Workshop 17: Starting a VOM Program: Issues and Strategies Part Two

Workshop 22: Mediation and the Quest for Meaning: Maximizing the Model (1.5 hours)

For many participants, mediation is a microcosm of the conflicts inherent in the human community. This workshop explores a process that maximizes the benefits for parties by tapping into their deeper human need for meaning, connection, and purposes. Participants will be asked to draw on their experiences, values, and spiritual traditions.

Presenter: Jean Greenwood, M.Div., researcher, writer, trainer and speaker in the field of VOM and restorative justice. She conducted a national survey of mediation programs in cooperation with the Center for Restorative Justice and Mediation, University of MN.

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Saturday, September 19

 

Workshop 23: Mediating Victim-Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence –

Emerging Issues and Concerns (1.5 hours) ( Y )

A facilitated, interactive discussion forum for mediators who have worked with crimes of severe violence and those who have attended all (or most) of the previous sessions in this conference track. Some likely topics include ethical issues, neutrality, access to participants, case funding, case screening, case preparation, training and use of volunteers, collaboration with victim advocates and the corrections system and follow-up support for victims and offenders.

 

Workshop 24: An Aboriginal Youth’s Perspective: A Traditional First Nations’ Look at VOM

(1.5 hours) ( Z )

There is an increasing concern surrounding youth crime, and The Youth Diversion Project (YDP)has identified that Aboriginal Youth are among the most at risk for involvement in youth gangs. This workshop will examine some of the problems that these youth face in the present legal system and will offer their perspectives surrounding the concepts of justice and punishment that traditionally brought balance and peace to their communities.

Presenters: Mike Alexander, YDP, Mediation Services, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Mike has worked with youth for many years and assumes a creative approach to the court worker’s program. Tracy Lavadier, YDP, Mediation Services, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Tracy is originally from Sagkeeng First Nation, MB, and has gained much experience and understanding of Manitoba’s Aboriginal community.

 

Workshop 25: Navajo Peacemaker Court (1.5 hours)

The Navajo Nation has established the Peacemaker Court, a dispute resolution program which parallels mediation but differs in some aspects. This workshop will offer a comparative view of the peacemaker process and distinguish the average off-reservation mediation from the peacemaker process. The participants will learn steps and phases particular to peacemaking, such as the telling of traditional narratives and the remembering of shared values.

Presenter: Thelma Butts Griggs, JD, Tucson, AZ, a peacemaker, mediator, and trainer who lived on the Navajo reservation for three years.

 

11:45 - 1:45 ANNUAL VOMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING

 

1:45 - 2:00 BREAK

 

2:00 - 3:30 AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

 

Workshop 17: Starting a VOM Program: Issues and Strategies Part Three

Presenter: Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Director, Mennonite Central Committee, Office on Crime and Justice

and VOMA Board Co-Chair.

 

Workshop 26: Program Information and Evaluation Management Systems (1.5 hours) ( V )

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of having a successful program is the efficient and effective management of information including case progress, the activity of the people who refer cases, evaluation data, mediator activity, etc. The New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution has developed database systems that quickly and efficiently handle all aspects of running various programs. This workshop will provide an examination of these systems and participants will look at the costs and benefits of this type of investment.

Presenter: David River, Coordinator and Case Manager for the Victim Offender Program, School Suspension Mediation Program and Parent Teen Mediation Program, New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution,

Santa Fe, NM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Saturday, September 19

 

Workshop 27: Developing a RJ Youth Mediation Referral Network (1.5 hours) ( Z )

A Youth Mediation Referral Network (YMRN) is designed to provide local police departments, school districts, and social service agencies with a system to efficiently refer youth conflicts to mediation. It prevents juvenile crime and reduces the need for extreme measures in schools and neighborhoods. This workshop will review the planning process and implementation of the YMRN.

Presenters: Beverly Moore, RJ Program Manager and VOMA Board member, Carene Davis-Stitt, Ph.D., Management Consultant/Mediator, CMS Board member, and Johnny Schwerk, Graduate Student Intern/Volunteer Mediator, all from Community Mediation Services, (CMS), Eugene, OR.

 

Workshop 28: Peacemaking, Spirituality and Restorative Justice: A Journey of the Heart

(1.5 hours) ( X & Y )

This workshop will examine the role of spirituality for people working in the field of RJ and VOM. This will be done with a focus on the harm caused by crime as assessed within the context of restorative justice, including the spiritual dimensions for mediators and participants in the application of VOM to conflict, restoration, and peacemaking. For this workshop, "spirituality" is NOT synonymous with dogma, creeds, or other aspects of the major religions, although for some people religion may be a pathway to their own spirituality. Participation requires an openness and acceptance of diverse religious and spiritual beliefs and practices.

Presenters: Mark S. Umbreit, Ph.D., Director, Center for Restorative Justice and Mediation, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. Bruce Kittle, JD and M.Div., Director of the Restorative Justice Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Co-Chair of the VOMA Board.

 

Workshop 29: VOM in Arizona: Where is it and Where is it Going (1.5 hours)

For years different agencies and courts have been trying to develop victim offender mediation services in the State of Arizona. Through group discussion, participants will examine its success and explore what lies ahead for restorative justice and victim offender mediation.

Presenter: Adam Glaser, Mediation Coordinator, Arizona Attorney General’s Office

 

3:00 - 3:45 BREAK

 

3:45 - 5:00 Closing Plenary: "Sharing Our Experience"

This plenary will be a facilitated discussion – what brings us to this work and what issues matter to us? What did we bring to the VOMA conference and what do we take home with us? All conference attendees are invited to participate.

Facilitators: Dave Doerfler and Barbara Schmidt

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Conference Location and Hotel Reservations

 

The conference site, the Holiday Inn City Center, is located in the heart of the Historic and Arts District in downtown Tucson. Shopping, museums, unique restaurants and art galleries are within easy walking distance.

 

This hotel is full-service, and guests may take advantage of the spectacular Arizona climate in an outdoor pool and sun deck on the second floor. The Fitness Institute of Tucson is adjacent to the hotel. The Holiday Inn City Center is a 12-story high-rise with many comfortable amenities and incredible city views. Guests may enjoy dining in the pleasant atmosphere of LILIES Restaurant that features a full menu, friendly service and great food. The LILIES Restaurant and Lounge are located just off the hotel lobby.

 

This newly renovated hotel is offering a special room rate of $59.00 single/double occupancy and $69.00 triple occupancy (plus 9.5% tax and a $1.00 city surcharge). In order to take advantage of rooms reserved at this special rate, mention you are with the VOMA Conference and make your reservations on or before August 14th. After that date, rooms will be provided on an as space is available basis.

VOMA also has a block of rooms available at the Clarion Santa Rita Hotel. Rate is $59.00 Single $69.00 double plus $1.00 surcharge and 9.5% sales tax. Reservations for the Clarion should be made through the internet at this link only, as the Holiday Inn main reservation department is controlling the block.

If you would like assistance in finding a roommate, call Kathy Hall at (515) 223-2318.

 

To make reservations or for more information about the conference hotel, please contact:

Holiday Inn City Center

181 West Broadway

Tucson, AZ 85701

Telephone: (520) 624-8711 or (800) 448-8276

Fax: (520) 624-9963

Web site: http://www.holidayinntucson.com

Airline Information

The airport provides convenient access and is well served by airlines including; America West, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Reno, Southwest, and United Airlines.

Transportation

The Holiday Inn City Center has offered to provide complimentary airport transportation when the van is available. Please discuss transportation requests when making reservations by contacting the hotel.

Alternative Transportation

If the hotel van is not available, after claiming your luggage, check in at the Arizona Stage Coach Shuttle booth located in the airport, on the baggage level (next to Hertz). The cost for this shuttle is $10.50 each for one person, or $9.00 each for two or more arriving at the same time and traveling to the same destination (these prices include tax, driver gratuity is optional). The shuttle service operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and accepts payment in the form of cash and travelers checks only. For more information, you may contact them at (520) 889-1000.

You may arrange for a cab from the Yellow Cab Company at the main airport entrance, lower level or by calling (520) 624-6611. The company estimates the cost of the ride from the airport to the Holiday Inn City Center to be approximately $16.00.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - DAVE WORTH

Dave Worth has worked with issues surrounding criminal justice and community conflict throughout Canada since 1973 and was a co-founder of the first Victim Offender Reconciliation Program in North America. He has visited prisons and served as a consultant for criminal justice programs in many countries and has been involved in program development and public education for community mediation, prison visitation, family violence and sexual abuse.

Dave currently serves as the Executive Director for the Mennonite Central Committee, Ontario. He is a past president of the Church Council on Justice and Corrections and he is one of the founders of The Network: Interaction for Conflict Resolution.

Dave’s work with new criminal justice programs and his gifts in creative problem-solving, communication and group leadership assure us of an engaging, thought-provoking keynote address involving Innovative Practices in Restorative Justice and Victim Offender Mediation.

 

VOMA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM

Please register early, some training and workshop space is limited!

September 15-19, 1998

 

Name __________________________________________________________________________

Title __________________________________________________________________________

Organization ____________________________________________________________________

Address__________________________________________________________________________

Phone ( )__________________ Fax ( )___________________________

I am a VOMA member: yes_____ no______ Make checks payable to: VOMA

I am joining now (membership fees included) _____ Send check and form to: VOMA

C/o The Restorative Justice Institute

Total Amount Enclosed ** $_____________ P.O. Box 16301

Washington, DC 20041-6301

Special Dietary Requirements:

( ) Vegetarian

( ) No Dairy

 

Important: Mark the appropriate square(s) below to register

 

Training Institute

Tuesday – Sept. 15 Wednesday – Sept. 16 Thursday – Sept. 17

Training A r Training A continues Training A continues

Training B r Training B continues Training B continues

Training C r Training C continues ______

Training D r Training D continues ______

Training E r Training E continues ______

______ ______ Training F r

______ ______ Training G r

______ ______ Training H r

 

Conference Workshops

Friday – Sept. 18 Saturday – Sept. 19

10:15 1 r 2 r 3 r 4 r 5 r 6r 8:30 17 r 18 r 19 r 20 r 21r

1:00 7 r 8 r 9 r 10r 11 r 6r 10:15 17 r 22 r 23 r 24 r 25r

2:45 12 r 13r 9 r 14r 15 r 16r 2:00 17 r 26 r 27 r 28 r 29r

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES

Cancellations prior to September 4, 1998 are refunded at a rate of 85% of amount paid. After September 4, cancellations will be refunded at 70% of amount paid.

Postmarked before August 29, 1998                  Postmarked after August 29, 1998

Fee (includes lunch and afternoon breaks)           Fee (includes lunch and afternoon breaks)

 

$400 for 5 days $ ____________                         $450 for 5 days $ ____________

$315 for 4 days $ ____________                         $365 for 4 days $ ____________

$255 for 3 days $ ____________                         $280 for 3 days $ ____________

$170 for 2 days $ ____________                         $195 for 2 days $ ____________

$ 85 for 1 day $ ____________                           $110 for 1 day $ ____________

 

Indicate amount: $ ____________                         Indicate amount: $ ____________

minus                                                               minus

VOMA Member                                                  VOMA Member

Agency Discount $ ____________                       Agency Discount $ ____________

(30% of fees up to $150 maximum*)                     (30% of fees up to $150 maximum*)

equals                                                                  equals

Subtotal after Agency discount $ ____________ Subtotal after Agency discount $ ____________                            

plus (if applicable)                                              plus (if applicable)

Annual Membership Fee $ ____________       Annual Membership Fee $ ____________

plus                                                                  plus

Keynote Dinner                                              Keynote Dinner

$15.00 per person $ ____________                  $15.00 per person $ ____________

 

Total Enclosed $ ____________                     Total Enclosed $ ____________

 

VOMA Membership Fees:

Agency/Organization $150.00

Individual $ 40.00

Full-Time Student $15.00

** Please register early as space in some trainings and workshops is limited!

 

For additional information please contact:

Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA)
c/o The Restorative Justice Institute
P.O. Box 16301
Washington, DC 20041-6301

(703) 404-1246
(703) 404-4213 Fax

E-Mail: voma@voma.org


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