Training of Trainers: Introduction to Restorative Practices & Using Circles Effectively
Become a licensed trainer of our two most popular events.
The IIRP conducts a three-day "Training of Trainers" (TOT) to teach experienced practitioners how to facilitate the “Introduction to Restorative Practices” and “Using Circles Effectively" professional development days.
Once trained, participants will be licensed trainers and able to provide this 2-day offering within their agency or limited geographical area. For organizations that have already held some amount of on-site training from the IIRP, this will provide a cost-effective way to continue to train new staff by becoming capable of providing this high-quality training "in-house." For others, it provides a way to initiate the implementation of restorative practices in your setting or conduct training in your locale.
The IIRP also offers a Training of Trainers for our 2-day Facilitating Restorative Conferences event.
When am I eligible to take the TOT?
The Training of Trainers Programs are for experienced restorative practitioners. Individuals should be well versed in restorative practices and should have experience holding group discussions in a circle. During the training, attendees will be required to share these experiences with the group. There is no specific timeframe that the IIRP has that you can accomplish becoming a practitioner. Since this is dependent on personal experience, timing will vary for each individual.
Complete the request form to receive more Training of Trainers information.
Steps to Become a Licensed Trainer:
- Attend both of the prerequisite “Introduction to Restorative Practices” and “Using Circles Effectively" events. If you have yet to attend these events, view upcoming training dates here.
- Gain experience using these practices in your setting.
- Register for the 3-day Training of Trainers. These are scheduled throughout the year. The training of trainers can also be held on-site at your organization with a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of twelve (12) participants.
- Complete a Licensing Agreement with the IIRP outlining the potential target audience — who and where you would like to train, agreeing to all terms of the agreement. The IIRP will ask that this be narrowly defined, such as within a specific organization or limited geographical area.
- Start training and get experience.
- Sign up for the IIRP's free ongoing Trainer Development webinars. This is an opportunity to receive extra support from IIRP's master trainers for developing your skills and receive useful feedback on providing the highest quality training. (Access to webinars provided once licensing process is complete.)
To ensure professional development quality and fidelity, the IIRP expects trainers to meticulously comply with their licensing agreements:
- Trainers must use the scripts, digital presentations, videos, role plays and prescribed activities that are provided for each professional development event.
- Trainers must offer IIRP professional development events in their prescribed sequence or configuration and must provide them as a whole day.
- Trainers who provide other kinds of trainings must clearly identify in advance to their attendees when they are not IIRP professional development events.
- Trainers must buy and provide each trainee with a copy of the paperback book related to each IIRP professional development day. The IIRP books ensure that trainees have permanent access to a wealth of information related to each topic without the burden of taking notes.
- Trainers must pay the annual licensing fee.
- All professional development materials (scripts, digital presentations, videos, role plays, etc.) are provided to licensed trainers. The IIRP wants to ensure that its materials are not being used by unauthorized trainers and that they are kept up-to-date.
- IIRP professional development must be delivered as taught in the training of trainers and in accordance with updated materials to ensure they can be integrated with IIRP hybrid graduate courses.
- Trainers must check with the IIRP before agreeing to conduct IIRP professional development events outside of their identified institution or geographic area so they do not infringe on the rights of other IIRP trainers.