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Professional Development:
Basic Restorative Practices (4 days)

Explore the full range of restorative practices with the IIRP, world leader in the field.

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.

Participation in this event can be applied toward the graduate course RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices. Course requirements include an additional 12 hours of online coursework after completion of all four days. Email or call the Registrar at 610-807-9221 about applying this event toward graduate credit.

Two-day option: Register for just the first two days of this event here »
Complete the experience: If you have previously attended the first two days, you can register for the final two days here.

Participation in these two days of professional development 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.

Full event: Register for the full event here »


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 how to organize 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.

Participants receive four books: The Restorative Practices Handbook, Restorative Circles, Restorative Justice Conferencing and Family Power.

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.


Hear from past participants:

Carey Doucette, Principal,
Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Jay Crow, School Counselor,
Ephrata, Pennsylvania


Cost per person
$550 USD / $580 CAD /
$600 AUD