Areas of Expertise:

Listening Circles, Motivational Interviewing, Classroom and Leadership Application of Restorative Practices

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Director of Continuing Education Instruction / Lecturer

Elizabeth Smull is a skilled restorative practitioner who has provided direct services to struggling youth and their families. She provides restorative practices professional development to a worldwide audience of educators, counselors and social workers and has worked with schools across the country to improve school climate. Most recently, she helped develop the IIRP professional development event on Motivational Interviewing (MI) and supported the implementation of MI at the IIRP model programs — Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) — through training, coaching and observation. Beth also facilitated listening circles in response to rising tensions around racism in our country and communities. Her breadth of experience continues to grow as she has been supporting training in higher education and previously attending the Singapore Criminal Justice Conference

Previously, Beth worked at CSF Buxmont for 15 years. As a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, she supported individuals involved in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. She did extensive work with youth and families, oversaw the Conferencing Program, which includes both Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) and restorative conferences, and supervised counselors for at-risk youth.

Beth coauthored a book on FGDM, Family Power: Engaging and Collaborating with Families (2013). She is a frequent presenter on restorative practices at numerous state, national and international conferences, including the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (Blacksburg, VA); the International Motivational Interviewing Conference (Philadelphia); the Pennsylvania FGDM Biannual Conference (Harrisburg, PA); the New Jersey School Climate and Anti-Bullying Conference; and the Virtues Based Restorative Discipline Summer Institute (Archdiocese of St Louis). She received a Bachelor of Science in Education: Social Studies from Millersville University and a Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the IIRP.

Twitter: @bethsmull_IIRP

Selected Publications:
  • Hebling, M. J., Hickman, K. & Smull, B. (2021, February 8-11). Restorative practices: A prevention framework for advancing student well-being in K-12 [Paper presentation]. 2021 ESEA National Conference.
  • Abrams, G. B., Smull, E., & Hala, A. (2020, January 16-18). Restorative practices: An innovative prevention framework for advancing health and well-being [Pre-conference institute]. NASPA Strategies Conference, New Orleans, LA, United States.
  • Abrams, G. B., & Smull, E. (2019, November). Advancing campus community wellbeing using restorative practices [Keynote address]. presented at the Restorative Practices in Maryland Student Affairs Meeting, Baltimore, MD, United States.
  • Abrams, G. B., & Smull, E. (2019, July 8-10). Strengthening cross-sector collaboration [Paper presentation]. IIRP 2019 Summer Symposium, Bethlehem, PA, United States.
  • Abrams, G. B., Smull, E., Hala, A., Stone, J., & Willson, S. (2019, May 28-June 1). Building health campuses by increasing social connectedness and sense of community [Pre-conference workshop]. American College Health Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, United States.
  • Abrams, G. B., Hebling, M. J., & Smull, E. (2018, October 24-26). Proactive restorative practices: Creating the conditions for individuals and communities to flourish [Paper presentation]. Strengthening the Spirit of Community, IIRP World Conference, Detroit, MI, United States.
  • Smull, E., Wachtel, J., & Wachtel, T. (2012). Family power: Engaging and collaborating with families. International Institute for Restorative Practices.
Courses Taught:

RP500 Basic Restorative Practices

RP504 Foundations of Restorative Practices

RP517 Restorative Approaches to Leadership