John Howard Society of Peterborough

Community Training

The John Howard Society of Peterborough is offering you the chance to participate in community training that supports individual and community resilience, relationship skills, and violence prevention. Most of the trainings and workshops offered are informed by nonviolent communication processes for conflict resolution which was developed by Rosenberg (1983, 2015). Our services are located in Peterborough and surrounding areas.

We offer professional development, building relationships, youth workshops, and personal interest trainings in:

  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Restorative/ Transformative Justice  & Restorative/ Transformative Practices
  • Community Mediation
  • Conflict Resolution & Difficult Conversations
  • Anger Management
  • Balancing Honesty with Empathy
  • Empathetic Listening
  • Parent Education
  • Stress Reduction
  • Trauma & Resilience Informed Practices

Click here to see upcoming training dates and sign up.

All fee-based services are non-profit, meaning all proceeds are used to fund free community services (e.g. Community Mediation and Conflict Coaching).



Marion Little is the manager of Community Services & Training for the John Howard Society of Peterborough. She oversees Community Mediation for adults and youth, peer-to-peer listening (“Sidewalk Talk” & Listening Circles), Nonviolent Communication training in schools, the local Suspension/ Expulsion Program, Aspire youth mentorship, and parent education programs.

She is a Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) Certified Trainer, a Certified Mediator Trainer meeting Ontario Community Mediation Coalition (OCMC) standards, a Certified Restorative Justice Facilitator with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and with Community Justice Initiatives (CJI). She is a past Master Trainer for Canadian Red Cross Respect Education programs preventing institutional and interpersonal violence.

Marion is also a past Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration MA Dispute Resolution Program, and a past Sessional Instructor with the School of Public Health and Social Policy BA program at the University of Victoria. Courses taught include: Collaborative Leadership, Governance & Decision-making; Ethics and Reflective Practice; Program Planning and Project Management; Non-profit Human Resources and Fiscal Management. Marion is a past executive director for charities addressing youth homelessness, affordable childcare, and peer-to-peer supports for sex workers.

She has served as an HR Specialist administering abuse prevention and sexual misconduct policies for the Anglican Diocese of BC, and representing the Anglican Church of Canada as an Accredited Observer at the UN Commission for the Status of Women. She co-created a Safe Church Charter, unanimously adopted by the international Anglican Church, requiring abuse prevention and abuse response policies be implemented globally. This has increased safeguards for 18 million Anglicans. Due to her extensive body of work, Marion has been invited to testify before Parliamentary Committee as an expert witness on violence prevention.


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 centres 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.

Graham is also an outdoor educator and wilderness guide. He enjoys clean air, cooking, gardening, and playing outside.


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 which matches young adults (aged 17 – 25) with volunteer mentors to support employment and training goals. 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