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This certificate includes courses that will teach you the foundational concepts and skills of victim-offender reconciliation program (VORP) development, conflict management and restorative justice. This certificate is useful for those working in roles closely tied with the justice system and community-based organizations assisting in offender transitions, victim services or other restorative justice fields.


  • Hands-on experience in mediation and facilitation
  • Opportunities for hands-on experience with local victim-offender
  • Faculty are founding members of victim/offender mediation program in Fresno and leaders of the movement

Career opportunities

The purpose of this program is to prepare people to become trainers and leaders in developing victim-offender reconciliation and other restorative justice programs.

Program director

Peter Smith, Ph.D.
Peter Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • Three references
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Letter of explanation if GPA is below 2.75
  • Writing sample indicating graduate-level proficiency

Course listing

Required Courses (15 Units)

PACS-700Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation2
PACS-737Institute in Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Development2
PACS-746Restorative Justice3
PACS-751Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures3
PACS-764Internship in Peacemaking2

Select one of the following:

PACS-716Group Dynamics and Processes3
PACS-740Victims, Trauma and Recovery3