Restoring Community

2017 Summer Symposium

July 17-19, 2017
Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 United States


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Event details

Trauma, especially in childhood, is now acknowledged as a major predictor of future mental illness. Sadly, the effects of trauma impact many of the individuals that we as social workers, educators, counselors, probation officers and other restorative practitioners work with on a daily basis. The IIRP’s 2017 Summer Symposium, “A Restorative Journey: Transforming Relational Harm,” will explore the perspectives and tools of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC).

Led by Dr. Frida Rundell, IIRP associate professor and educational psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with at-risk youth and families, the symposium will provide a blend of theory, academic research and practical knowledge for developing healthy habits, pathways to healing and self-care. Drawing from neuroscience and psychology, attendees will learn to recognize trauma, understand its transmission in families and reflect on its effects on individuals and in relationships.                                                                                                                                    

Guest presenters will include:
  • Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, founder and director of The Witnessing Project (“compassionate witnessing”), author of Common Shock.
  • Lyndra Bills, M.D., Psychiatrist. Founder of Trauma Art Narrative Therapy.
Apply this event toward Graduate Coursework

Participation in this event can be applied toward one of the IIRP's hybrid graduate courses.

RP 540: Symposia and Conferences is a 3-credit hybrid course that employs online instruction to build upon your symposium experience. In this course, students build on their participation at an IIRP restorative practices conference, symposium or IIRP-approved event. Students supplement this interactive in-person experience with related readings, writing assignments, and online learning activities as part of a cohesive hybrid-learning course. Students actively evaluate, analyze, and synthesize presentations using restorative practices principles. (20-27 hrs. online; online hours vary by event with which this course is paired)