I’m just back from a highly successful 2-day training of 15 school teachers in New Delhi, India.

The training was a follow-up to our kick-off training last October 2009 of 55 teachers implementing our Children’s Resiliency Program in a dozen schools in 5 cities across India.

Restorative Practices training mitigates conflict

This time around the training focused specifically on Restorative Practices. This essential resilience tool is a proven easy-to-learn method rapidly gaining use in schools around the world for dealing with interpersonal conflict, problem solving, and building community in an inclusive and non-punitive way.

New resilience advocates in the making

This was the first time for me personally to teach this training at this level of intensity and I have to say it was really exciting.

Restorative Practices training | CorStone
Teacher Restorative Practices training in New Delhi, India | CorStone

The teachers learned the skills easily and before I knew it they were running practice ‘circles’ in which they broke into small groups and used the Restorative Practices techniques to support each other to solve their own conflicts with administrators and other teachers. In addition, they conducted role play with their students to to expand the use of the new skills they had learned.

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Differences come together to create a community to support change

Perhaps the most rewarding take-away from this training was witnessing first hand what unites us as human beings on this planet.

Despite ‘barriers’ of language, culture, and even differences of religion and ‘caste’ within the group, universal values of empathy, forgiveness, and a preference for peaceful resolution of conflict were displayed throughout the day.

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