Julia Getty is a full-time instructor with the IIRP. Her first career was in retail management where, by working with staff and customers in high-volume stores in Manhattan (NY), she began to develop a real-world understanding of basic tenets underlying communication, motivation, and conflict resolution. In the next phase of her professional life, she transitioned to studying and coaching personal health and wellness. Volunteering to do presentations at her daughter’s school led to a 10-year career in independent school education teaching middle school wellness, and eventually serving as Eighth Grade Dean and Director of Secondary School Placement. Her wellness studies, paired with varied life experiences with students and adults, helped Julia appreciate just how much of our mental, physical, and emotional health depends upon the quality of our relationships with others.
When she was introduced to the field of Restorative Practices, her intense interest led her to earn a M.S. from the IIRP and she became passionate about demonstrating how the theories and practices of this emerging social science can contribute to individual and community health by allowing people to explicitly examine personal and professional relationship development. Julia is especially focused on examining how restorative practices can help people who work or learn together bridge ideologic divides and develop mutual empathy and understanding.
In addition to her Master’s degree, Julia holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has trained and coached public school, independent school, and college level educators, staff, and administration across the United States since 2019. Julia enjoys reading mind-opening material, traveling, and completing the New York Time crossword puzzle every day.