John Howard Society of Peterborough

Community Training

We are excited to offer a range of professional development and personal interest trainings that support social resilience, relationship skills, and violence prevention across our community. Training topics for youth and adults include:

  • Nonviolent Communication/ NVC (Rosenberg, 1983, 2015)
  • Restorative & Transformative Justice Practices
  • Community Mediation
  • Conflict Resolution & Difficult Conversations
  • Listening with Compassion
  • Parent Education
  • Trauma & Resilience Informed Practices

Click here to see upcoming training dates and sign up.

As an agency we are committed to ongoing learning and knowledge sharing around trauma/ resilience informed practices, anti-oppressive practices, anti-racism, decolonization, and Restorative/ Transformative Justice principles.

The John Howard Society of Peterborough is a registered charity through Canada Revenue Agency. When you pay for our trainings, you help fund our free community programs (like the free Community Mediation and Conflict Coaching for neighbors, click to learn more).



Marion Little, MA Dispute Resolution, CNVC Certified Trainer, OCMC Mediator Trainer
Marion manages Community Services and Training at JHS Peterborough. She’s offered dynamic professional trainings for over 20 years, including graduate level university courses in Collaborative Leadership, Ethics and Reflective Practice. Marion has devoted her career to fostering community wellness, resilience, and physical sanctuary spaces. This includes providing education, policy development, and services that address interpersonal, social, and institutional harms. Due to her extensive body of work, Marion has testified before Parliamentary Committee as a recognized expert on violence prevention in Canada.

Video defining compassion (4 min)

Sample webinar (60 min)

  • Training Topics: NVC, Restorative & Transformative Justice, Community Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Listening, Parent Education, Anger, Trauma & Resilience


Caitlin Jacobs is living, playing, and learning on Michi Saagiig territory in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough). She recognizes that the work she does in Restorative Practices is inspired by and adapted from Anishinaabe, Maori, and Mennonite cultural practices. Caitlin is the Mediation and Restorative Justice Coordinator at the John Howard Society, and supports students in grades 7-12 with compassionate communication and conflict prevention. Caitlin teaches in the Mediation-Alternative Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate Program at Durham College, and is a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology candidate. She is interested in processes of accountability in interpersonal relationships, and she centers empathy, consideration, choice, and justice in her work with both youth and adults.


Graham Petty is a father of two children, aged ten and eight, Graham has 13 years of experience working with youth and families. For the past 6 years, he has facilitated the John Howard Society of Peterborough’s Caring Dads program (for fathers) and Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth (for teens and their parents). He has supported at-risk youth in Peterborough for 10 years and currently runs the John Howard Society of Peterborough’s alternative school program for youth in Long-Term Suspension and Expulsion. He’s mindful of the vulnerability and resilience of youth marginalized in this way.


Bethann Brown parents two children, aged nine and six. For the past 5 years, she has coordinated volunteers and delivered programming for the John Howard Society of Peterborough’s Aspire youth mentorship program. She is a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers and has experience working with youth and children of all ages. She’s currently teaching high school full time at the Northumberland Centre for Individual Studies in Cobourg. In addition to her degree in Education, Bethann holds a graduate degree in Human Resources Management and is a certified facilitator for the Canadian Red Cross violence prevention program, “Beyond the Hurt.” She is also a certified Restorative Justice Facilitator and Community Mediator.


Don Gibson has worked in various settings addressing violence and abusive behaviour. His career began as a Correctional Officer with Corrections Services Canada (CSC). He continues to work towards encouraging and motivating others to achieve their desired goals. For the past 14 years, Don has worked as a Partner Assault Response (PAR) facilitator for the John Howard Society of Peterborough and he also coaches individuals through the Anger Management program.

He has attended numerous training programs that include: Compassion Fatigue,  Train the trainer program, Critical Incident Stress Management (Group crisis intervention), Conflict First Aid Fundamental Program, The ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Anger Management Group Facilitation Training – John Howard Society and Crisis Negotiation Course – Correctional Service of Canada.