Conflict Resolution Clinics @ CB
An Introduction to Restorative Justice
With Mark K. Thomas
March 2, Thursday | 5:30-7:30pm PST
CB Members: $25 / Public: $45
Live Interactive Workshop on Zoom | 2 MCLE
Restorative justice is a process to involve those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.

Based on his extensive training as an educator, an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitator, and beyond - Mark K. Thomas will introduce participants to the experience of restorative practices and the psychology behind it.

Mark's learning objectives for workshop participants include:
  • Experiencing restorative practices.
  • Understanding the definition of restorative practices.
  • Identifying the types of restorative practices.
  • Understanding the basic psychology behind restorative practices.
Mark K. Thomas
Mark is the new Restorative Justice Coordinator at Community Boards. He became interested in psychology, restorative spiritual practices, and service to humanity as a teenager; then went to college as a psychology major. Shockingly, he went from honor student to convicted bank robber within a year of dropping out of college. However, after being sentenced to a total of 26 years, he learned significant lessons from his 13-year experience with crime and prison.

While incarcerated, Mark became an adult education instructor and an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitator. AVP introduced him to restorative practices and facilitation. After completing his BA in Social Science in prison, Mark went immediately to grad school at CIIS on release, and earned a MA in East-West Psychology.

Though Mark’s career path as an educator and restorative practices facilitator started in prison, he also went through San Francisco’s jails, communities, streets, and homeless shelters as an adult education instructor and restorative justice practitioner. Additionally, he has been certified by IIRP to facilitate restorative justice conferencing and restorative practices training workshops.
This course is approved by the State Bar of California for 2 MCLE credits for the Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society (provider #9323). $25 processing fee required.
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