Restoring Community

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.

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Event details

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.

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

Apply this event toward Graduate Studies

Participation in this event can be applied toward one of the IIRP's hybrid graduate courses.

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. Examine the benefits of group processes, emotional dynamics and empowerment strategies to address a wide continuum of harm, with engaging online coursework (30 hours).

Earn Continuing Education Credit

Professional associations have approved this for Continuing Education Credit (after completion of both days of the event). Learn more >