Professional Development:
Facilitating Restorative Conferences: Strategies for Student Conduct on Campus

Restorative conferences have been used in place of, or in addition to, other sanctions and conduct procedures on college campuses. While many judicial proceedings fail to bring the key parties together, restorative conferences meet the true needs of all involved and help students discover their common humanity and move forward together in a more cohesive campus community.

Satisfy the needs of students to repair harm.

  • People who are harmed have a chance to tell those who harmed them how they have been affected.
  • Those who caused the harm gain empathy and understanding — not only for those directly affected, but for others who were impacted by their actions such as residential staff, faculty, even their families.
  • Those who have harmed have a chance to make amends and shed the “offender” label and break cycles of misbehavior and disruption.

Learn ways to respond effectively to serious incidents on campus.

  • View and discuss videos of true stories that illustrate the emotional dynamics and healing potential of restorative conferences as compared to more punitive approaches.
  • Utilize interactive exercises to identify and prepare students, staff and faculty involved in incidents utilizing restorative questions and affective statements.
  • Practice and receive feedback facilitating scripted conferences to reintegrate students back into their campus, keep them enrolled and refocused on academic goals.

Restorative Justice ConferencingParticipants receive Restorative Justice Conferencing: Real Justice and The Conferencing Handbook, two books in one volume: the official training manual that provides a step-by-step guide to setting up and conducting conferences and actual conference stories o show how conferencing works and how it can change the way our society responds to wrongdoing in schools, criminal justice, the workplace and elsewhere.

The two days run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Cost per person
$420 USD / $420 CAD