Restoring Community

Dean of Continuing Education / Lecturer

As Dean of Continuing Education, Mary Jo Hebling serves as a bridge between the IIRP Faculty and graduate courses, and the institute’s noncredit professional development offerings. She oversees the design of professional development curriculum and supervises the instructors and coaches who work directly with schools and other organizations to implement restorative practices. Mary Jo has been a faculty lecturer since 2014, and she serves as a leadership coach with the IIRP Higher Education Collaborative.

In 1990, Mary Jo began working as a foster care casework counselor with CSF Buxmont, which is now a model program of the IIRP Graduate School. She later became a supervisor and trainer of foster parents and counselors. In this environment, she gained significant experience providing restorative services to youth and families.

Ten years ago, Mary Jo began working as an instructor and coach with IIRP Continuing Education, providing hands-on experience in K-12 schools. Her work through the IIRP’s SaferSanerSchools™ program helped dozens of schools implement restorative practices to improve school climate in districts across the U.S., including Detroit, Philadelphia, Newark and Baltimore.

Mary Jo earned a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts at Temple University and holds a Master of Science in Restorative Practices from the IIRP Graduate School. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

View a list of Mary Jo's publications and presentations.