Education

Repair is heavily invested in providing education, to the public -- particularly racially and economically vulnerable communities, to service providers and professionals in the areas of healthcare, social services, and law, and to academic colleagues and students with shared interests. Our educational curriculum and events generally concentrate in our priority areas, although upon invitation or in response to particular demand, we may also participate in or generate educational content related to other topics involving social justice, vulnerable  populations, health, or disability.   

Our Approach

We use a range of methods and formats. When creating community education for the public, we tend to favor lively, entertaining content using skits, role-playing, or arts and crafts, and for instance, prefer multiple short learning exercises or lessons by several teachers or facilitators, rather than one long lecture. Our live events, usually workshops, can range between 60 minutes and 4 hours. Whenever possible, our community education is free to the public, to ensure that low-income individuals are not excluded. If there must be a fee or charge to offset our costs, we generally provide sliding-scale options, and will not turn anyone away for lack of funds.

Our continuing education for service providers includes live training – utilizing in-person and webinar formats, and home-study curriculum, generally with text, audio, or video options. We draw heavily on empirical data and evidence-based practice standards wherever appropriate and available, provide test questions with curriculum in order to assess comprehension, and solicit practitioner feedback through post-curricular evaluation forms. Our overarching aims in providing practitioner education involve promoting improved dissemination of critical, rigorous research into relevant areas of practice, increased practitioner sensitization regarding effective, ethical interaction with extremely vulnerable populations, and inter-professional collaboration between healthcare, social service and legal providers. As a non-profit organization, we generally set practitioner fees for access to our curriculum well below the norms in a given occupation or use sliding-scale fee schedules, in order to ensure that public interest, solo, and low-income practitioners face minimal obstacles to securing training. Practitioners who are able, and who appreciate the quality of the curriculum, are welcome to voluntarily donate beyond our minimal fees, in order to support our educational efforts.

Our academic programming includes speaker series, symposia, solo lectures, and workshops. We are very pleased in 2016 to partner with several partners within UCLA, including the Disability Studies Program, the Gender Studies Department, the American Indian Studies Center, the Center for the Study of Women, and the Youth & Justice Clinic. While our own staff provide some academic programs directly as lecturers, we primarily prioritize organizing inter-disciplinary events featuring scholars whose work critically engages racial, gender, and/or disability justice. We often emphasize improving knowledge translation and dialogue between scholars, practitioners, and stakeholder populations, as an organic element of our programming, for instance through panel discussions that integrate academics, advocates and practitioners, and community stakeholders. Whenever possible, our academic programming is free and open to the general public. Our events at UCLA are video-recorded, and many can be accessed through our media archive.

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Distribution Rights

If you are seeking permission to screen or re-distribute any of our text or recorded programming, please contact us at repair.inquiries@gmail.com, and include a brief description identifying the program(s) you would like to screen or disseminate, planned timing, location, the planned audience(s), any fees you plan to assess in programming (as well as any solicitation of donations), and the purpose or aims of your use of our materials.