Restoring Community

*NOTICE*: As of June 1, 2017, Days 3 & 4 of this event will be converting to two full days of our standard Facilitating Restorative Conferences event. If you are still interested in experiencing Family Engagement and Empowerment, please sign up to attend this event before June 1.

All events before June 1, 2017

Days 1 & 2

Introduction to Restorative Practices
Using Circles Effectively

Register for Days 1 & 2 only

Days 3 & 4

Facilitating Restorative Conferences
Family Engagement & Empowerment

Register for Days 3 & 4 onlyPrerequisite: Days 1 & 2

Register for all 4 days

All events after June 1, 2017

Days 1 & 2

Introduction to Restorative Practices
Using Circles Effectively

Register for Days 1 & 2 only

Days 3 & 4

Facilitating Restorative Conferences (2 days) 

Register for Days 3 & 4 onlyNo Prerequisite

Register for all 4 days

Event details

IIRP professional development imparts practical knowledge and skills that 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 and restorative conferences provide emotional healing for victims.

During this course, 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). Note: After June 1, 2017, participants will receive the first three books.

Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Practices

Learn 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

Holding group discussions in a circle helps to facilitate meaningful conversation and encourages full participation from everyone involved. 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.

(Before June 1) Day 3: Facilitating Restorative Conferences

Instructional videos and in-depth experiential activities teach you how to facilitate a restorative 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 incidents where harm has occurred and fosters more positive outcomes than mere punishment in education, criminal justice, youth work, organizational and other settings.

(Before June 1) Day 4: Family Engagement & Empowerment

Learn to engage and empower families through strategies that help families develop solutions to their own problems. Participants will learn how to enlist the collective strengths of families and their communities of care to work together in support of those they love. Because families understand their own issues better than anyone else, these strategies provide more effective outcomes for anyone who works with them, including social workers, educators, probation or corrections officers, clergy and others.

(Starting June 1) Days 3 & 4: Facilitating Restorative Conferences

As of June 1, 2017 we will be converting days 3 and 4 to our standard two day Facilitating Restorative Conferences event. This will allow for extended practice engaging in formal restorative conferences, building each participant's capacity to be a more well-rounded facilitator.


Apply this event toward Graduate Coursework

Participation in this event can be applied toward one of the IIRP's hybrid graduate courses and is a prerequisite for another.

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 18 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 fully online course will help you implement restorative practices in your setting.

Earn Continuing Education Credit

Professional associations have approved this for Continuing Education Credit (after completion of all 4 days of the event).

Most states permit individual school districts to determine the value of continuing education units. Let us know if you need additional information.