The Revive program of CJI provides restorative justice approaches and responses to sexual harm and healing. A range of support groups for sexual trauma survivors, persons who have offended sexually, and their respective intimate partners are co-facilitated by trained, supervised community volunteers. These volunteers create a confidential, non-judgemental space of belonging for these populations, reducing their isolation and assisting in their healing journey.
Each spring the Revive program provides a 30-hour training over two weekends, followed by a screening interview, for community members and placement students who wish to volunteer in this capacity. The training provides learning opportunities focused on group dynamics, the role and responsibilities of group facilitators, program protocols, volunteer management, sexual trauma survivorship, sexual offending behaviour, and ways in which restorative justice intersects with sexual harm. Information is shared via lecture, small group work, role play, digital stories, panel discussions, and hearing the personal stories of current and former Revive clients who are members of the Speaker’s Bureau.
Training fees are $300 or $150 for students/unwaged individuals. Training participants must complete the training in its entirety, as well as a screening interview prior to providing direct client services. We welcome community members of all gender, orientation and lifestyle to attend this unique training opportunity and embark upon a rewarding and meaningful volunteer opportunity.