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:
Phone: 0412 181 590
or email:

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: