Source: (2003) Saint Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Department of Corrections.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections has produced a set of practical materials for people training to facilitate restorative group conferences. Lesson 4 deals with the role of the facilitator. Subjects covered by this lesson include the following: lesson objectives; the dynamics of diversity among people and the implications for facilitators; cross cultural communication; hate crimes; logistical arrangements for restorative conferences, including a preparation checklist and facilitator’s script; self-care for facilitators; the facilitator as umpire; communications skills; functions of a facilitator; typical duties, responsibilities, and qualifications; standards of conduct; safety and legal issues; volunteer protection; community service opportunities; and self-assessment for facilitators.

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