Restoring Community

Experience a thorough introduction to restorative practices during our cornerstone event.

Days 1 & 2

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

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

Register for Days 1 & 2 only

Days 3 & 4

Facilitating Restorative Conferences 
Practice the techniques to facilitate restorative conferences.

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

Register for Days 3 & 4 only

Prerequisite: Days 1 & 2

Register for all 4 days

Event details

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 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

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

Circles facilitate conversation and encourage full participation to help 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 Restorative Conferences

Instructional videos and in-depth experiential activities teach you 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 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

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.

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 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 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.