Restorative Responses to Adversity and Trauma

Restorative Response to Adversity and Trauma - 2-day event

Explore restorative practices to effectively respond to serious incidents and trauma.

Whether you work with youth living in poverty, families with broken relationships or older immigrants facing language barriers, you know that adversity can be as debilitating as extreme trauma. Learn techniques that can help you work with individuals and communities facing adversity or impacted by trauma.

(This event was previously titled "Restorative Responses to Grief, Trauma and Adversity.")

You will learn how to:

  • help individuals heal in the wake of personal harm
  • foster trusting and supportive relationships with clients
  • develop methods for your own self-care and avoid burnout
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Oct 22-23, 2016Bethlehem, PA

IIRP Campus, 544 Main St., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 USA

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.

Mar 25-26, 2017Bethlehem, PA

IIRP Campus, 544 Main St., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 USA

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.

Apr 27-28, 2017Bethlehem, PA

IIRP Campus, 544 Main St., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 USA

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.

Restorative CirclesYou will receive an e-book copy of Kaethe Weingarten’s Common Shock.

This event is comprised of highly interactive instruction, including case studies, storytelling and personal reflection.

Learn two new techniques to work with highly traumatized populations or clients who have experienced significant emotional distress:

  • Restorative Questions, which help people process their feelings and provide emotional healing.
  • Compassionate Witnessing, as developed by Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D., as a method to explore common shock resulting from witnessing violence and violation.

View and discuss videos of powerful true stories illustrating the emotional dynamics and healing potential of restorative practices in the wake of serious incidents.

Explore the grieving process from a fresh and practical perspective, more beneficial than the traditional linear “stages of grief.”

Address the essential issue of self-care in your work with traumatized clients in a high-stress environment, as well as how your organization can ensure the health and well-being of your staff.

Graduate credit

RP 535 Restorative Responses to Adversity and Trauma is a 3-credit hybrid course that employs online instruction to build upon your professional development experience. Participation in this 2-day event can be applied toward RP 535. Examine the benefits of group processes, emotional dynamics and empowerment strategies to address a wide continuum of harm, with engaging online coursework (27 hours).

Email or call Jamie Kaintz, Director of Student Services, at 610-807-9221 to learn more.

Tuition at the IIRP is $587/credit. Tuition discounts are available for hybrid courses by contacting the Director of Student Services.

Continuing education credit

Professional development events have been approved by national, state and local professional organizations. Learn more »

This has given me the tools and the language to use to be more compassionate with people who are experiencing trauma or grief in their lives.

Karen Schmeltzle | Teacher, Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA

I can use what I have learned to help students process, communicate and recover from the various traumas and adversities that they encounter.

Rodney Toulson | RP Director, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

I will take the skills I learned and make it part of my daily routine to use ‘compassionate witnessing’ and really listen to my students and my colleagues.

Jean LeJeune | Teacher, Horicon, Wisconsin, USA

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