Lehigh Valley, PA - November 16, 2022 – From January 25-27, the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) will host its online 2023 World Conference. During the three-day event, participants will experience a mix of live panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions, and music and art presentations, as well as research poster presentations and community exhibitor booths. Additionally, live panels will be interpreted into Spanish, Portuguese, and French in real time. Key topics include explorations in the role restorative practices plays in environmental justice, school and workplace challenges, and intergenerational cooperation that can bring global transformation.

The Judicial Drug Treatment Monitoring Program being implemented by the municipal government in Bogotá, Colombia, uses a restorative approach to justice by attending to victims, providing evidence-based medical treatment to participants, and encouraging reparations for damages caused. A delegation from the U.S. government supporting this initiative included Todd D. Robinson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Rahul Gupta, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Peter Natiello, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. In August 2022 they participated in a hearing of the Judicial Follow-up Program for Drug Treatment to observe the program’s outcomes.

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) inaugurated Linda Kligman, Ph.D., as its new President during a ceremony at Hotel Bethlehem on November 4. During her acceptance speech, Dr. Kligman announced the institute’s expansion of its Impact Scholarship program, awarding five additional full-tuition scholarships to international candidates for the next five years.


The International Institute for Restorative Practices

is proud to announce the inauguration of

Linda J. Kligman, Ph.D.

The IIRP is inviting restorative practitioners and others working in the field to submit proposals to create 15-minute video presentations that will be featured as on-demand content in the upcoming virtual World Conference running January 25-27, 2023. The deadline for submitting a proposal is September 15, 2022. The selection committee will review all proposals and determine which will be accepted by September 30, 2022.

Restorative practitioners are currently faced with historic opportunities to advocate for fundamental changes in education, organizations and communities. Watch a recording of this 60-minutes webinar, which brought together experts in the field of “complexity science” with leading change agents from the field of restorative practices.

Episode 4 of the Three Questions video series features special guest Ramin Sedehi. Ramin is the Chief Strategy Advisor at EmC Leaders and a transformative leader in academic medicine, healthcare and higher education. EmC Leaders is a consulting firm that helps transform leadership in organizations with the Emotional Connection (EmC) strategy through training programs, consultation, as well as publications of articles and books.

Mural BuxmontUnder the guidance of art teacher Heather Walter, students at the newly renovated Buxmont Academy Pottstown campus designed a mural depicting the promise and challenge of making life changes!For nearly 45 years, Community Service Foundation (CSF) has operated counseling, foster care and other programs serving youth and families in southeastern Pennsylvania. These programs pioneered many ideas that would be incorporated into the field of restorative practices, and they continue to serve as model restorative programs of the IIRP Graduate School.

CSF is always striving to refine its offerings to meet the changing needs of our community. Jerry Bradley, Assistant Director of Community Based Services, says they recently launched a new weekend program for young people on juvenile probation called Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CSR) Weekend Program. Sessions run a full day Saturday and half day on Sunday. Youth take part in meaningful community service projects in the morning followed by life- and social-skills building exercises such as personal financial literacy, public speaking, study skills, computer skills, and social and digital responsibility. Families are also invited to participate with staff and students to discuss what has been learned.

With everyone back to school, we took time to feature three educators who shared creative ways they are building and maintaining positive community throughout the school year. Watch a recording of this 60-minute webinar.

ShawnSuzch1James Mureithi, an IIRP graduate student and founder and executive director of Youth Promise Centre Kenya, has been awarded the Shawn Suzch scholarship. The center is associated with Urban Promise International, a Christian-based youth development organization that serves vulnerable children and teens in under-resourced communities around the world.

Located at Embu at the foot of Mount Kenya in Kenya, Africa, the Youth Promise Centre focuses on training in computer literacy, basic life skills, leadership and entrepreneurship for young people ranging from middle schoolers to post-college graduates. The programs empower students to develop their individual interests and talents to help them realize their potential and that of their community.

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