Introduction to Restorative Practices / Using Circles Effectively (1st 2 days of Basic RP)

Basic Restorative Practices - 4-day event/2-day options

These two days are the first half of Basic Restorative Practices, our 4-day cornerstone event.

Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Practices
Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships.

Day 2: Using Circles Effectively
Discover how to optimally utilize circles in any setting.

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USA

Oct 3-4, 2016Columbia, SC

Saluda Shoals Park, River Center, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212

Event is Full. Call IIRP office to be placed on a wait list. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Oct 3-4, 2016Dallas, TX

Hyatt Place Dallas - North/by the Galleria, 5229 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, Texas 75254

Registration Deadline: Sept 28 noon Eastern time. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided. Room block available: $140+tax/night. Call hotel to reserve room by Sept 15.

Oct 22-23, 2016Bethlehem, PA

IIRP Campus, 544 Main St., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 USA

Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2016Bellevue, WA (Seattle)

Courtyard Seattle Bellevue/Downtown, 11010 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, Washington 98004

Event is full. Contact IIRP to be placed on a wait list. Each day runs 8:30am-4:30pm (registration 8-8:30am). Morning refreshments & simple lunch provided. Call hotel at 425-454-5888 by Sept 30 for IIRP room block: $209+tx/night.

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2016Evanston, IL (Chicago area)

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Event is FULL. Call IIRP to be placed on a wait list. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). AM refreshments & simple lunch are provided.

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2016Napa Valley / Vacaville, CA

Hampton Inn & Suites Vacaville / Napa Valley, 800 Mason Street, Vacaville, California 95688 (convenient to Napa Valley, San Francisco and Sacramento)

1 space available, please contact IIRP office. for information. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Nov 1-2, 2016Milwaukee, WI

Courtyard Milwaukee Downtown, 300 West Michigan Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203 USA

Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Nov 14-15, 2016New York, NY

Adelante Studios, 25 West 31st Street, New York, New York 10001, USA

Registration deadline: Nov 4, noon Eastern time. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Nov 14-15, 2016Philadelphia, PA

School District of Philadelphia, 440 N. Broad St., Rm. 1080, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130 USA

Registration Deadline: Nov 9, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Nov 14-15, 2016Austin, TX

Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Event Center, 1 Chamber Way, Georgetown, Texas 78626

Registration deadline: Nov. 9th noon Eastern Time. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Nov 14-15, 2016Bethlehem, PA

IIRP Campus, 544 Main St., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 USA

Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Dec 5-6, 2016Knoxville, TN

Hosted by Fulton High School, Knox County Schools, 2509 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917 USA

Registration Deadline: November 30, 2016, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Jan 30-31, 2017Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando area)

Courtyard Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre, 8501 Palm Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32836 USA

Registration deadline: Jan 25, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30am-4:30pm (registration 8-8:30am). Morning refreshments & simple lunch provided. Call hotel at 877-557-0598 by Jan 6 for IIRP rm block: $94+tx/night.

Mar 27-28, 2017Bethlehem, PA

IIRP Campus, 544 Main St., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 USA

Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Apr 24-25, 2017Carrboro, NC (Chapel Hill area)

Hampton Inn & Suites Carrboro/Chapel Hill, 370 E. Main Street, Unit 100, Carrboro, NC 27510

Registration Deadline: April 19, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30 am-4:30 pm (registration 8-8:30 am). Morning refreshments & lunch provided. Call hotel at 919-969-6988 for IIRP room block: $119+tx/night. Contact IIRP for hotel parking pass.

Apr 24-25, 2017Cincinnati, OH

Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Kenwood, 2000 Ronald Reagan Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Registration Deadline: April 19, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30am-4:30pm (registration 8-8:30am). Morning refreshments & lunch are provided. Call hotel at 513-794-0700 for IIRP room block: $139+tx/night.

Apr 24-25, 2017Evanston, IL (Chicago area)

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Registration Deadline: April 19, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30 am-4:30 pm (registration 8-8:30 am). Morning refreshments & lunch provided. Call hotel at 847-475-6400 for IIRP room block: $169+tx/night.

Apr 24-25, 2017Grand Rapids, MI

Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown, 11 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 48503, USA

Registration Deadline: April 19, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30 am-4:30 pm (registration 8-8:30 am). Morning refreshments & lunch provided. Call hotel at 877-901-6632 for IIRP room block.

Apr 24-25, 2017Philadelphia, PA

School District of Philadelphia, 440 N. Broad St., Rm. 1080, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130 USA

Registration Deadline: April 19, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

May 1-2, 2017Bethlehem, PA

IIRP Campus, 544 Main St., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 USA

Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

May 1-2, 2017Napa Valley / Vacaville, CA

Hampton Inn & Suites Vacaville / Napa Valley, 800 Mason Street, Vacaville, California 95688 (convenient to Napa Valley, San Francisco and Sacramento)

Registration Deadline: April 26, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30am–4:30pm (registration 8-8:30am). Morning refreshments & simple lunch provided. Call hotel at 707-469-6200 for IIRP room block: $119+tax/night.

May 8-9, 2017El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles area)

Hilton Garden Inn LAX/El Segundo, 2100 E. Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo, California 90245

Registration Deadline: May 3, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30am-4:30pm. (registration 8-8:30am). Morning refreshments & simple lunch provided. Call hotel at 310-726-0100 for IIRP room block at $189+tx/night.

May 8-9, 2017Independence, Ohio (Cleveland area)

Embassy Suites Cleveland/Rockside, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. North, Independence, Ohio 44131 USA

Registration Deadline: May 3, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30am-4:30pm (registration 8-8:30am). Morning refreshments & lunch provided. Call hotel at 216-986-9900 for room block: $139+tx/night.

May 16-17, 2017Bellevue, WA (Seattle)

Courtyard Seattle Bellevue/Downtown, 11010 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, Washington 98004

Registration Deadline: May 11, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments & lunch provided. Call hotel at 800-535-4028 for room block reservations.

Canada

Jan 17-18, 2017Halifax, NS

Best Western Chocolate Lake, 250 St. Margaret's Bay Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3N 1K4 Canada

Registration Deadline: January 12, 2017, noon Eastern. Each day runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 8-8:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments & lunch provided. Call hotel at 902-477-5611 for room block at $109+tx/night.

IIRP professional development imparts practical knowledge and skills you can use immediately in your personal and professional life—whether you are involved in education, criminal justice, social services, counseling, leadership, the pastoral field, volunteer or other work.

Supported by extensive research, restorative practices has demonstrated positive outcomes in a wide variety of settings. We’ve consistently seen proactive circles improve behavior and decrease bullying and violence in schools, fair practice improve workplace morale, a restorative conference provide emotional healing for victims, and family group decision making (FGDM) enhance family engagement in social services.

You will receive two books, which are related to each one of the days (The Restorative Practices Handbook and Restorative Circles).

Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices HandbookLearn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues. Interactive experiences bring you to a full understanding of the fundamental unifying premise of restorative practices—that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them.

Day 2: Using Circles Effectively

Restorative CirclesCircles facilitate conversation and encourage full participation, but there are optimal ways to utilize this process that promote truly meaningful communication. Through video, practice and discussion, participants identify reliable methods for using circles to build community, establish norms and address behavior and relationships. Useful in any setting from education and other human services to organizational management.

Graduate credit

Two-day option: Participation in this two-day event fulfills the prerequisite for the graduate course RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action. This online course will help you implement restorative practices in your setting. 

Full event: Take days 3 and 4 of the 4-day professional development event, and you will be eligible to take RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices, a 3-credit hybrid course that employs online instruction to build upon your professional development experience. Delve deeper with 12 hours of additional online coursework to gain a deeper understanding of the theories that are the backbone of this practice.

Email or call Jamie Kaintz, Director of Student Services, at 610-807-9221 to learn more.

Tuition at the IIRP is $587/credit. Tuition discounts are available for hybrid courses by contacting the Director of Student Services.

Continuing education credit

Professional development events have been approved by national, state and local professional organizations. Learn more »

Restorative practices has really taken root in our culture and transformed our work with students. Now when there is a problem we do a circle and work it out.

Penny Bailer | Executive Director, City Year Detroit, Michigan, USA

Extremely relevant and if properly implemented in Jamaica would no doubt alleviate the stigma attached to our justice system and our education system. We would be served to embrace and practice this even in our lives!

Phillip Morris | Corporal of Police, Jamaica Constabulary Force, Kingston, Jamaica

This has been a powerful week. I am eager to bring these ideas back to our school. I’m beginning to believe that it might be possible to teach empathy. These processes codify a vision that comes to some innately, but that isn’t out of reach for others who aren’t there yet.

Gillian Mamon | Teacher, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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