Restorative Works is a leading provider of training and consulting in Australia.
Our practice has evolved significantly over the last decade to now encompass organisational change, community development and the provision of a range of specific strategies for assisting professionals who work in education, justice and other community settings.


Our Framework

Restorative Practice recognises that the ability to manage relationships is central to lifelong learning and success. The Socratic Method (asking questions) encourages self-reflection, creates the space to be heard and challenges negative behaviour in the context of its impact on others. This process cultivates the capacity to build and maintain significant relationships.

Restorative Practice builds on the theory and practice of Restorative Justice and its key elements: shame, re-integration, explicit practice, fair process and Socratic engagement. As a central practice framework, it ensures our practice is explicit and fair, whilst developing accountability and self-awareness in our client group. It requires practitioners to examine:

Is My Practice:

  • Respectful – distinguishing behaviour from the person
  • Fair – engaging, with explanations and clarification of expectations
  • Restorative – by repairing harm and building relationships

Does My Practice:

  • Develop Empathy through reflection, insight and learning
  • Enhance responsibility and accountability
  • Promote positive behavioural change

Our aim through dialogue is to create those conditions that best support others to:

  • Make sense and meaning of what is happening in the lives of young people;
  • To work out what is important in all that is happening for young people;
  • To identify what needs to change, and responsibilities for young people and their families in this process; and,
  • To strengthen their capacity to build and sustain healthy relationships.

Our restorative practice framework is the foundation for how we engage others and has the following distinct characteristics:

  • It is explicit.
  • Focusses on building and sustaining healthy relationships.
  • Is easily shared with families and young people.
  • Provides dialogue for families to recognise and appreciate the importance of their relationships.
  • Views conflicts and tensions as an opportunity to rebuild or strengthen relationships.
  • Provides a common language and practice that ensures that practitioners are operating from the same framework.
  • Assists practitioners to become more intentional and consistent in their day-to-day practice.


Kerrie Sellen has over twenty years’ experience in the community services including Youth Justice, Homelessness, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol, Youth Development, Case Management and Program Design & Delivery. She started her career with fifteen years in Youth Justice in South Australia including on the ground work in youth detention facilities and home detention roles. She has gone on to build and lead two large not for profit youth services, both recognised for their strong staff culture and high levels of client and family engagement and outcomes.

Kerrie is known in the sector for her leadership and operational management, strategic and business development, service delivery, relationship and financial management and professional development and training.

Kerrie has transformed organisations using a deliberate and intentional restorative practice framework with staff as well as clients, resulting in being recognised and published in Business Review Weekly as Australia’s 6th best workplace based on a vigorous study into workplace culture.

Kerrie has extensive experience working in remote Aboriginal communities in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands and West Arnhem Land, setting up new services and consulting with existing service providers to better meet the needs of their communities.

Kerrie takes a proactive role in shaping the youth sector, sitting on several boards and networks, including chairing the Southern Youth Round Table and a member of South Australian Childhood Death and Serious Injury Review Committee and South Australian Youth Worker’s Association.

Kerrie is an accredited Restorative Practice Trainer by the International Institute of Restorative Practice, along with being an accredited trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and Coaching Young People for Success. Providing ongoing accredited professional development training opportunities remains a cornerstone of Kerrie’s commitment to raise standards and service delivery of within the youth and community sectors.

Kerrie frequently lectures at TAFE and University in Youth Work, Youth Justice and Drug and Alcohol.


Grace Moncrieff is passionate about choice, inclusion and the right of all people to reach their full potential. She has more than 13 years’ experience working within the community sector, with a particular focus on youth justice, mental health, alternative education, and drug and alcohol addictions.

Grace has held leadership roles in large not for profit youth agencies and has led and run South Australia’s only 24-hour youth Drug and Alcohol service including sobering up unit and rehabilitation service. In these roles, Grace was instrumental in implementing accreditation and quality processes to improve case management outcomes and has taken the lead role in compliance activities, including auditing.

Grace has on the ground experience in case management, counselling, program design and delivery and staff support and supervision including services in remote Aboriginal communities in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands and West Arnhem Land.

With formal qualifications in Youth Work, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Youth Justice, Mental Health, Restorative Practice and Training and Education, Grace brings broad experience and insight to her role as accredited trainer, and has broad experience in tailoring accredited training packages to suit different audiences.




Basic Restorative Practices Training

 “Restorative practices are focused on healing the community rather than retribution and blame. Our troubled kids need this.”
Father Chris Riley | Founder and CEO of Youth Off the Streets | Sydney

Explore the full range of restorative practices with the International Institute of Restorative Practice, world leader in the field.

IIRP professional development imparts practical knowledge and skills you can use immediately in your personal and professional life—whether you are involved in education, criminal justice, social services, counseling, leadership, the pastoral field, volunteer or other work. The skills you learn in these four days will strengthen your ability to help others handle their own issues and achieve their own goals.

Supported by extensive research, restorative practices has demonstrated positive outcomes in a wide variety of settings. We’ve consistently seen better behaviour and decreased bullying and violence in schools, improved workplace morale, reduced recidivism in juvenile and criminal justice and enhanced family engagement in social services.

We deliver 2 day and 4 day options for the IIRP Basic Restorative Practice Training. The 2 day option includes Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively. The 4 day option covers the whole Basic Restorative Practice Training curriculum. You will receive a book relating to each day of the event.

Further details of the focus of each day are as follows:

 Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Practices

Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues. Interactive experiences bring you to a full understanding of the fundamental unifying premise of restorative practices—that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.

Day 2: Using Circles Effectively

Circles facilitate conversation and encourage full participation, and there are optimal ways to utilize this process that promote truly meaningful communication. Through video, practise and discussion, participants identify reliable methods for using circles to build community, establish norms and address behaviour and relationships. Useful in any setting from education and other human services to organisational management.

Day 3: Facilitating Restorative Conferences

Instructional videos and in-depth experiential activities teach you to facilitate a restorative conference, in which everyone impacted by wrongdoing can share how they have been affected and have a say in how to repair the harm. This formal circle is used to address negative incidents and fosters more positive outcomes than mere punishment, in education, criminal justice, youth work, organisational and other settings.

Day 4: Family Engagement & Empowerment

Learn how to engage and empower families through formal and informal strategies that help families develop solutions to their own problems. Participants will learn about formal family group conferences (FGCs), also known as family group decision making (FGDM) conferences, which are helpful to anyone working with families, including social workers, educators, probation or corrections

Next Scheduled Training: 

4 day IIRP Basic Restorative Practices

Adelaide 2nd-3rd August & 9th-10th August
Venue: Holdfast Bowling Club, 583 Anzac Highway, Glenelg Nth – 8:45 a.m.(for a 9:00 a.m. start)

Brisbane 12th- 15th September
Venue: Soul Space Brisbane
23 Parker Street Newmarket QLD 4051
8:45 a.m.(for a 9:00 a.m. start)

Sydney 4th – 7th December
Venue: To be confirmed – 8:45 a.m.(for a 9:00 a.m. start)

Contact Kerrie Sellen or register at: http://www.cvent.com/d/05qdtn
Phone: 0412 181 590
or email: kerrie@restorativeworks.com.au

Cost: $1,150 for the 4-day event or $650 to attend Day 1 & Day 2 only



safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
  • Access to support from a local community resource person
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Hands-on skills practice and development

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Learning goals and objectives:

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST helps to build regional networks of trained caregivers who can support each and use common terminology to approach suicide and safety.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

This 2 day course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.  Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation. All course participants receive a copy of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Learning objectives:
The Youth MHFA course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Developing mental health problems covered:
– Depression
– Anxiety
– Eating Disorders
– Psychosis
– Substance misuse

Mental health crises covered:
– Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
– Non-suicidal self-injury
– Panic attacks
– Traumatic events
– Severe psychotic states
– Acute effects from alcohol or other drug misuse
– Aggressive behaviours.

Contact Kerrie Sellen to enquire about attending or hosting one of these trainings in your area or within your organisation
Phone: 0412 181 590
or email: kerrie@restorativeworks.com.au


From the combined years of experience, ours, our mentors and the sages, we know transformative value doesn’t come from an add on program but from experiences of alignment- an organisation practicing what it preaches, acting in sync with its deepest purpose and values. We know the Restorative Practice Framework will only reach its full potential when it is embedded in our communities, organisations and systems so much so that it’s become a part of their DNA. BUT that doesn’t happen by accident. It is a journey to get there. We love the way this graphic captures that…

Having worked within a Youth Work organisation to lead that journey, we have developed a unique approach to organisational change that we are keen to share.

Our supported organisational change can involve:

– Implementation practice sessions
– Development or update of organisational practice manuals
– Development or update of organisational policies and procedures
– Professional supervision

We also offer Restorative Practice conversation facilitation for specific organisational, staff or other relational issues.

While we can offer a menu of options like this the important thing is that TOGETHER we look at where you or your organisation or community are at and tailor a journey that will support you to move towards where you want to be, living out your deepest purpose and values.

To begin that conversation or find out more contact Kerrie Sellen 
Phone: 0412 181 590
or email: kerrie@restorativeworks.com.au