A core objective of Facing Forward is to provide high standard education and training from leading practitioners in the field of Restorative Justice and Conflict Transformation. We provide both accredited and non-accredited training to our members, organizations, communities and all those impacted by and dealing with crime. Our training courses can be tailored to meet the needs of our clients and we adhere to.

Upcoming Courses

Certificate in Restorative Practice 2019-2020


Knowing the Right Conversation (Terry O Connell)

Over thirty people attended a three-day intensive work shop on Restorative Practices with pioneer Terry O Connell from New South Wales, Australia. Organised by Facing Forward and held at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Terry stated that there was something special about ‘holding a workshop at a place like Glencree that had seen its fair share of conflict over the years’.

Major International Restorative Justice Conference in Citywest Hotel, Dublin on 9th 10th May 2017.

Barbara Walshe, Margaret O Quigley present a circle workshop: Are We Victims of Something or Is That Just Life?


Facing Forward welcomed Terry O’Connell, Australian Pioneer of Restorative Practice for a one day Masterclass at the Dublin Dispute Resolution Centre.  It was a fitting venue for Terry to share his insights gained over 30 years since the days he was a young cop with the New South Wales Police Force.




Restorative Practices with Justice Janine Geske from Wisconsin September 2014:

Facing Forward were  delighted to host  Justice Janine Geske from Wisconsin U.S.A, Restorative Justice facilitator, trainer and advocate. During her time with Facing Forward she spoke to the District Court judges at a training seminar, we met the Chief Justice Susan Denham, Prison Governors from Mountjoy campus and some lawyers.

 The Training went well, over fifty came over the six days, all very different, JLO’s, some from Probation Service, Towards Healing, therapists, mediators, a few lawyers. Here are some photos

Child Protection and the Restorative Justice Facilitator

Facing Forward hosted  a seminar on Child Protection which dealt with mandatory reporting  requirements and issues arising when working with sexual abuse cases.

Facilitated by One in Four, it was well attended by over twenty five people from across a range of disciplines.

External Training and Development in Restorative Practices:

Along with providing training from within our organization we also offer training from leading practitioners in Ireland and from other jurisdictions who offer extra skill development and the latest innovations in Restorative Practices.  In 2012 Facing Forward provided workshops facilitated by Distinguished Professor of Law and former Supreme Court Judge Janine Geske and Dr Mark Umbreit, author, lecturer and practitioners in Restorative Justice Dialogue.


Facing Forward can connect you with independent  trained and experience Restorative Practice Trainers who can provide a wide range of bespoke training including: Introduction to Restorative Justice, Victim – Offender Dialogue, Facilitating Restorative Circles among others

If you are seeking an independent Restorative Practice Trainer please consider the following :

  • The level of awareness/understanding the group that you are seeking training for have.
  • The length of time you have available to provide the training

Quality Assurance:

Facing Forward promotes best practice and provide quality assurance throughout our work.

If you have any questions please contact Facing Forward.