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Basic Restorative Practices

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

Experience a thorough introduction to restorative practices concepts during this 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.

Day 3: Facilitating a Restorative Justice Conference
Practice the techniques to facilitate restorative conferences.

Day 4: Family Engagement & Empowerment
Explore ways to engage and empower families.

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USA

Sep 29-Oct 2, 2014Baltimore, MD

DAYS ONE & TWO OF THIS EVENT ARE FULL Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, 100 Village Square Baltimore, Maryland 21210 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.

Sep 29-Oct 2, 2014San Francisco, CA

Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, California 94010 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 20-23, 2014Nashville, TN

Hosted by STARS Nashville - 1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 200 Nashville, Tennessee 37203 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 20-23, 2014Tucson, AZ

Hyatt Place Tucson Airport, 6885 S. Tucson Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona 85756 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 25, Oct 26, Oct 30, Oct 31Bethlehem, 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.

Nov 10-13, 2014Bethlehem, 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.

Nov 18-21, 2014New York, NY

Stepping Out Studios, 37 West 26th Street, New York, New York, 10010 USA

Each day runs 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration 9-9:30 a.m.). Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Feb 23-26, 2015Los Angeles, CA

Embassy Suites Los Angeles - International Airport North, 9801 Airport Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, 90045 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.

Mar 9-12, 2015Columbia, SC

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

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 13-16, 2015Bethlehem, 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 20-23, 2015Minneapolis, MN

Ramada Plaza Minneapolis, 1330 Industrial Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413 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 27-30, 2015Austin, TX

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

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 27-30, 2015Boston, MA

Massachusetts Horticultural Society, The Gardens at Elm Bank, Hunnewell Carriage House, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482

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 27-30, 2015Denver, CO

Noah's, 11885 N. Bradburn Boulevard, Westminster, Colorado 80031 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 18-21, 2015Bethlehem, 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.

Canada

Sep 16-19, 2014Halifax, NS

Best Western Chocolate Lake, 20 St. Margaret's Bay Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3N 1J4 Canada

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 7-10, 2014Greater Vancouver, BC

Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, 633 Poirier St., Coquitlam, British Columbia V3J 6A9, Canada

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.

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 justice conference provide emotional healing for victims, and family group decision making (FGDM) enhance family engagement in social services.

You will receive four books, which are related to each one of the days (The Restorative Practices Handbook, Restorative Circles, Restorative Justice Conferencing and Family Power).

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.

Day 3: Facilitating a Restorative Justice Conference

Restorative Justice ConferencingInstructional videos and in-depth experiential activities teach you to facilitate a restorative justice conference, in which everyone impacted by wrongdoing can share how they have been affected and have a say in how to repair the harm. This formal circle is used to address negative incidents and fosters more positive outcomes than mere punishment, in education, criminal justice, youth work, organizational and other settings.

Day 4: Family Engagement & Empowerment

Family PowerLearn how to engage and empower families through formal and informal strategies that help families develop solutions to their own problems. Participants will learn about formal family group conferences (FGCs), also known as family group decision making (FGDM) conferences, which are helpful to anyone working with families, including social workers, educators, probation or corrections officers, clergy and others.

Graduate credit

Full event: RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices is a 3-credit hybrid course that employs online instruction to build upon your professional development experience. Participation in this 4-day event can be applied toward RP 500. Delve deeper with 12 hours of additional online coursework to gain a deeper understanding of the theories that are the backbone of this practice.

Two-day option: Participation in the first two days of this 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. 

Email or call the Registrar at 610-807-9221 to learn more.

Tuition at the IIRP is $587/credit. Tuition discounts are available for hybrid courses by contacting the Registrar.

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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