Cultivate change and improve well-being across your higher education setting. 

We recognize that every campus is unique. In-person, off-campus and virtual academic life is vast and diverse. Encouraging deeper relationships between individuals and promoting social connections within the campus community strengthens equity, belonging, and collective efficacy. This leads to happier, healthier, and more productive campus communities. 

In this professional development event, you will learn ways to foster and facilitate engagement and build positive relationships, whatever your sphere of influence on campus. This event is applicable to all members of the higher education community, including academic affairs, student life, faculty, staff, and students. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe restorative practices concepts and principles. 
  • Describe how restorative practices can improve leadership and interpersonal influence. 
  • Reflect on your relational culture, professional practice and interpersonal influence. 
  • Identify areas for improvement in professional practice and interpersonal influence. 
  • Demonstrate the restorative practices continuum. 

Learning Format

This online event is interactive with participant engagement highly encouraged throughout. Led by an experienced IIRP instructor, you will learn and practice restorative concepts over two 4.5-hour days from 12:30 – 5:00pm EST.

Price: $495

 

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For Advanced Practitioners

Intentional_Classroom_Engagement_Boxshot__83138_1.jpg Students thrive in a school where they feel welcomed and accepted. This event is designed for restorative practitioners who have had previous training or classroom experience in restorative practices and will help you foster a spirit of shared ownership and responsibility within your classroom.  The content of the four-session workshop is based on the book Advanced Practitioner Series: Intentional Classroom Engagement by IIRP Provost and Assistant Professor Craig W. Adamson.

For the best experience possible, we strongly recommend purchasing and reviewing the book prior to this training.

Led by an experienced instructor, you will develop advanced skills and competencies for engaging with students. During each two-hour online session, you will explore a different aspect of intentional classroom engagement.

  • Session 1 – Building RelationshipsExamine areas for improvement in your professional practice and interpersonal influence in order to build relationships and community so that all feel included.
  • Session 2 – Self-ReflectionExplore the role of self-reflection in building relationships in order to advance your practice and identify personal biases as a means to overcoming barriers to change.
  • Session 3 – Maintaining RelationshipsCultivate a brave and safe space to foster vulnerability and authenticity, allowing students to genuinely express their identity, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Session 4 – Responding to Harm and ReintegrationExplore the meaning and purpose of reintegration by examining ways to address harm and welcome students back into the classroom community.

Learning Format

This workshop includes four two-hour interactive online Zoom sessions. Learning is highly experiential. 

Each session includes specific instruction along with interactive breakouts where you will engage in practical exercises and discuss topics with fellow participants.

There will be no pre- or post-work for this event.

Price: $325

 


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Help your community gain a shared understanding of collective harms.

Our communities need opportunities to process the personal and collective impact of emotionally charged events. From the effects of COVID and racism to natural disasters and sexual abuse, we seek healthy forums in which to express our feelings and truly hear one another.

With roots in indigenous cultures around the world, listening circles provide people an opportunity to speak and listen to each other in an atmosphere of safety, decorum and equality.

Listening circles emphasize storytelling for cultivating empathy. To help people gain a shared sense of understanding and emotional connection, these circles can be used in communities, workplaces, schools, organizations, neighborhoods, universities and families.

During this event, you will participate in a listening circle on a current topic. Regardless of the topic you choose, you will learn to facilitate listening circles for any topic your community requires.

Learning Format

This highly interactive experience interweaves learning, practice and reflection. The online learning environment, led by two experienced instructors, incorporates individual pre-work, live Zoom sessions and threaded discussions.

  • Begin your learning with videos, readings and reflection questions to familiarize yourself with listening circles and prepare to listen empathically. (1 hour of individual preparation.)
  • Experience a listening circle and explore the role of the facilitator, as well as barriers to listening, in preparation to facilitate your own circle. (4.5-hour live Zoom session, breaks included.)
  • Apply your learning, ask questions and reflect on your experience. (Participants have 2 weeks to implement a listening circle and engage in threaded discussions.)
  • Debrief and learn from others’ experiences so you will feel prepared to implement circles in a variety of contexts. (2.5-hour live Zoom session, breaks included.)

This professional development learning experience is open to anyone, regardless of your prior familiarity with restorative practices.

Please note: The skill building and information presented in the Facilitating Listening Circles event is the same for each event. The only difference in each event is the topic for the listening circle experience.

Price: $450

 

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A network of school leaders managing their community

As a school or district leader, you face a unique set of challenges when adapting to your school's new learning plans while striving to maintain positive relationships. Putting Theory into Practice for School Administrators is an intensive online experience designed for principals, superintendents and other school administrators with leadership responsibility over school culture and climate.

Led by an experienced IIRP Instructor, this event is designed to help you take what you learned during Basic Restorative Practices* professional development, and apply it to your current challenges. Throughout seven live sessions over six weeks, you, your peers and your instructor will take a deep dive into finding practical solutions to your most pressing needs.

  • Units 1 and 2 focus on the social discipline window, emphasizing self-reflection and competencies to set high expectations and provide high levels of support in your school.
  • Units 3 and 4 delve deeply into proactive community building, including practical ways to foster positive relationships with staff, students and parents.
  • Units 5 and 6 explore responses to harm and how to utilize problem-solving strategies to address needs that arise among your entire school community.

In all the units, participants will ask relevant questions and share their creative experiences to develop strategies for effective school leadership during this demanding time.

* Prerequisite: You must have completed Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively (days 1 and 2 of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event) or Restorative Practices for Educators before registering.

Learning format

Each session is facilitated by one of our engaging instructors — experienced restorative practitioners who clearly articulate key concepts and field your questions. They have worked in urban and rural districts facing a wide range of issues. You will join them in a professional learning community with up to 15 dedicated school leaders from around the country.

Problem-solving circles during seven 90-minute weekly zoom sessions, as well as asynchronous threaded discussions, will provide multiple opportunities to reflect on your strengths and stumbling blocks, propose action steps and get feedback.

Readings, videos and lectures will be provided as supplementary material.

Price: $1295

This event is not currently scheduled. Contact us if you are interested in learning how to bring this event to your school or district.

The most valuable resource educators have is each other.

Are you invested in creating stronger relationships in your educational environment through the use of restorative practices?

This collaborative online professional learning community explores what works, what doesn’t, how and why.

Four live weekly Zoom sessions provide opportunities to practice the full range of restorative practices:

  • Session 1 — Take inventory of successes and challenges and establish personal learning goals.
  • Session 2 — Strategize what it means to set high expectations while also providing high levels of support in your setting.
  • Session 3 — Delve deeply into proactive community building, including practical ways to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents.
  • Session 4 — Explore responses to harm and how to utilize restorative problem-solving strategies to address needs that arise among any group in the school community.

During each live session, participants may ask relevant questions, share their experiences, receive valuable feedback from their instructor and peers, and develop strategies for effective teaching and leadership.

This event is recommended for those wanting to gain the practical experience needed to Become a Restorative Practices Trainer.

Learning format

Designed for school and district leaders, teachers, counselors and paraprofessionals, each session is facilitated by one of our engaging instructors — experienced restorative practitioners who clearly articulate key concepts and field your questions. You will join them in a professional learning community with up to 20 passionate educators from schools around the country.

  • You will participate in four 90-minute live Zoom sessions.
  • Threaded discussions provide opportunities to reflect on your strengths and challenges, propose action steps and solicit feedback.

A basic familiarity with restorative practices is expected of participants.

Price: $595

 

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Bring together those impacted to resolve conflict

Incidents of conflict, wrongdoing, and harm occur everywhere, every day in schools, workplaces, college campuses, neighborhoods, and families. The restorative justice conference provides a way to engage with those who cause and experience harm, along with the related community.

Restorative Justice Conferencing covers the fundamentals of facilitating a formal conference in response to an incident of wrongdoing or harm. You will then be able to utilize those skills to create deeper interpersonal understanding and repair relationships among those involved or affected by such an incident.

Designed for:

K-16 teachers, staff, and administrators, members of the criminal justice field, and other organizations. This experience is applicable to other audiences, but examples used come from school and criminal justice settings.

Learning Format:

  • Online: Two consecutive 4.5-hour days of live instruction.
    (2 hours of pre-work required prior to each session.)
  • In Person: Two consecutive 6.5-hour days of live instruction.

Note:

In conjunction with Restorative Practices for Educators, this event can be applied to the blended RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices course at the IIRP Graduate School.

Price: $450

 

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Foster positive classroom and school culture

Building and strengthening relationships and community is a critical component of school culture. Restorative practices is an essential process for creating a positive learning environment, building social capital, and resolving relational issues.

During this two-day introductory experience, you will learn the fundamental theory and practices for engaging with students, staff, and parents in your school setting.

Topics include the importance of being explicit about practice, how to set high expectations while being supportive, and ways to build community in your setting. We will discuss giving direct feedback and asking questions that foster accountability, as well as utilizing effective methods to resolve common conflicts.

You will learn to apply the restorative practices continuum, understanding which restorative processes are best for achieving certain goals or responding to particular situations. We will focus specifically on facilitating circles, an essential process for creating a positive learning environment and school culture. Circles can be used both proactively and responsively to build social capital, sustain relationships, address social problems, and respond when harm occurs. Participants will spend time planning circles to use in their schools immediately.

Designed for:

K-12 teachers, staff, administrators. This experience is applicable to other audiences,
but school-based examples are used.

Learning Format:

  • Online: Two consecutive 4.5-hour days of live instruction.
    (2 hours of pre-work required prior to each session.)
  • In Person: Two consecutive 6.5-hour days of live instruction.
  • Restorative Practices for Educators is also offered as a public event for individuals and small groups to attend with other learners.

Note:

In conjunction with Restorative Justice Conferencing, this event can be applied to the blended RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices course at the IIRP Graduate School.

Price: $450

 

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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 is an advanced restorative practices event, which assumes you have already received introductory professional development in the field. If you haven’t, please consider starting with our Basic Restorative Practices or Restorative Practices for Educators event.

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

1. 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.

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

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

4. 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.

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.

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

No in-person events are scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

A highly participatory experience for anyone in a position of responsibility or authority

Learn the principles of restorative leadership, an engaging, collaborative and effective way to exercise your authority.

This is an advanced restorative practices event, which assumes you have already received introductory professional development in the field. If you haven’t, please consider starting with our Basic Restorative Practices or Restorative Practices for Educators event.

During this very personalized event you will examine your own leadership style and characteristics through inventories and reflective processes. Participants share their own leadership challenges and receive support and feedback from others to help build new organizational and implementation strategies.

You will also learn about:
  • Building relationships with staff using practical supervision strategies.
  • Responding to conflicts using an approach that repairs relationships.
  • Effectively managing organizational change.
  • Employing your strengths as a leader to overcome gaps and weaknesses.

Upcoming Restorative Leadership Development: Authority with Grace events

No in-person events are scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

To empower others, it is essential to learn how to listen

Expert listeners are not passive. They are strategic, structured and purposeful in how they engage others. Listening is a skill that can be learned, and this event will help you gain proficiency in how to listen.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, research-based dialogue process that strengthens the motivation for change in people you support. This interactive event will help you learn how to bring awareness to individuals about the discrepancy between their current behavior and their future goals. You will learn how to empower them to make meaningful life changes.

MI grew out of addictions treatment, but it has also demonstrated effectiveness in the fields of criminal justice, education, organizational management and the healthcare industry. MI is particularly effective with individuals who are non-compliant and resistant to making changes. Understanding the “Stages of Change” as outlined in MI will help practitioners develop strategies to support individuals in identifying and achieving their goals or developing new ones.

You will learn how to:
  • Create dialogue with a range of individuals and families, identifying current behavior and future goals.
  • Help individuals overcome internal resistance to change.
  • Engage and empower people to make meaningful changes, employing Motivational Interviewing.
  • Focus on “Change Talk” and “the Stages of Change” to help people identify and achieve their goals.
  • Increase motivation, empowering people to move thorough the change process.

Professional associations have approved this for Continuing Education Credit. Learn more »

Upcoming Motivational Interviewing events

No in-person events are scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

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