Restoring Community

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

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 three books: The Restorative Practices Handbook, Restorative Circles, and Restorative Justice Conferencing.

Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively

The first half of this event explores practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues, which can be implemented immediately.

On day one, 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 two teaches how to hold group discussions in a circle 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.

Register for Days 1 & 2 only

Facilitating Restorative Conferences

On days three and four, participants will explore in depth a formal restorative justice process for addressing harm and wrongdoing. Through instructional videos and in-depth experiential activities, you will learn 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.

Register for Days 3 & 4 only

Apply this event toward Graduate Studies

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.