John Howard Society of Peterborough

Educational Services

Conflict Resolution & Communication Skills

We offer a range of educational services for high schools, community groups, organizations, businesses, and the general public. We focus on conflict resolution, communication, and violence prevention skills to foster community-wide resilience and compassionate relationships.

As an agency we’re committed to ongoing learning around trauma/ resilience informed practices, anti-oppressive practices, anti-racism, decolonization, and Restorative/ Transformative Justice principles. This informs all our programs.


Available Training

Nonviolent Communication/ NVC (Rosenberg, 2015)
Conflict Resolution and Difficult Conversations
Listening with Compassion
Community Mediation and Circle Facilitation Training
Restorative and Transformative Justice Practices
Anger Management in the workplace
Sidestepping the Power Struggle (for adults living/working with children and youth)

We can tailor our programs to serve your group’s learning needs. To book sessions for your team, please contact us for a full list of trainings and our fee scale. All proceeds go towards supporting our free Community Mediation programs.

Registration for Upcoming Events


Marion Little, Manager, Educational Services
Cell: 705 760 2348





Marion Little, BA Linguistics, MA Dispute Resolution
CNVC Certified Trainer, OCMC Mediator Trainer

Marion is currently developing and managing JHS Peterborough’s Educational Services for schools and for the community. She’s offered dynamic professional trainings for over 22 years, including graduate level university courses in Collaborative Leadership, Ethics and Reflective Practice. Marion has devoted her career to fostering community wellness, resilience, and sanctuary. This includes providing education, policy development, and services that address interpersonal, social, and institutional harms as well as conflict resolution. 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 on Self-empathy for caregivers (48 min)


Graham Petty

Graham 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 Sidestepping the Power Struggle. He has supported youth in Peterborough for over 10 years and is currently our Youth Programs Facilitator. He’s mindful of the vulnerability and resilience of youth in our community.


Bethann Brown

Bethann parents two children, aged nine and six.  She is currently co-facilitating the Sidestepping the Power Struggle with Graham. She is a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers and has experience working with youth and children of all ages.  In addition to her degree in Education, Bethann  is a certified Restorative Justice Facilitator and Community Mediator.


Don Gibson

Don is our Anger Management specialist. He has worked in various settings addressing violence and abusive behaviour for over 2 decades. 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 is the developer and sole facilitator for the Anger Management program offered through JHS Peterborough. He also provides individual coaching for both programs.