Turning the Tide Symposium

A participatory symposium about implementing restorative practices in a variety of settings

Choose from two dates

July 7-9 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada or
July 21-23 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

The most challenging aspect for many restorative practitioners isn’t working with students and clients; it can be getting their organizations and systems to embrace change. By exploring strategies to implement change, this event will benefit those in formal leadership positions, as well as those with more limited influence and power. Featuring speakers with a wide range of experience in a highly participatory format, this event will help you identify steps to implement organizational change.

Learn how to:

  • overcome skepticism
  • build relationships that encourage buy-in
  • showcase successes in other settings that apply to your own
  • manage organizational change in a participatory manner consistent with restorative practices

The event is highly participatory and readily customized so that you can:

  • reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses in achieving change
  • examine roadblocks and resources in your setting
  • identify your current stage of organizational change and what is needed next
  • develop communication strategies to share vision and progress

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.

Toronto speakers: Ted Wachtel & Bruce Schenk

Bethlehem speakers: Ted Wachtel & Craig Adamson

Craig AdamsonCraig Adamson is assistant professor at the IIRP Graduate School and executive director of Community Service Foundation & Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont), IIRP model programs for at-risk youth and their families. Craig has worked in these programs for close to two decades and has experience at every level implementing restorative practices.


Bruce SchenkBruce Schenk is director of IIRP Canada. He has brought restorative practices development, facilitation and training to schools, youth and adult justice settings, aboriginal groups and workplace and faith communities across Canada, from British Columbia to the Maritimes, for close to two decades.


Ted WachtelTed Wachtel is president and founder of the IIRP and co-founder of CSF Buxmont programs. He has been making things happen for restorative practices in schools, social services, criminal justice and workplace settings worldwide for more than 35 years.


Toronto, ON – July 7-9

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Toronto-Airport East, 600 Dixon Rd., Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J1 Canada (not the Holiday Inn International Airport at 970 Dixon Rd.)

Book your room by June 5 at the Holiday Inn Toronto-Airport East using group code IIR.

Bethlehem, PA – July 21-23

The event will be held at the IIRP Campus, 544 Main St., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 USA.

Book your room by June 18 at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. Call 1-610-625-5000 and ask for the IIRP rate, $129 plus tax per night (applies July 18-July 25).

Participation in this event can be applied toward the graduate course RP 542 Turning the Tide Symposium. Course requirements include an additional 20 hours of online coursework. Focusing on the book Immunity to Change, students, guided by faculty, explore the challenges they’re facing and develop a road map to progress and change in their own settings.

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.

Cost per person:
$450 USD or $450 CAD