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IIRP Continuing Education brings research, theory and knowledge of restorative practices to professionals. Our instructors include school administrators, teachers and community organizers who have trained tens of thousands of people in all 50 states and Washington D.C., as well as internationally.

Professional development events offered by the IIRP will provide you with skills and competencies that you can use immediately, whether you work in restorative justice, schools, social services, counseling, leadership, the pastoral field or as a volunteer.

Professional development events, symposia and conferences can be a part of your graduate education as part of the IIRP's unique blended learning model. With the addition of readings and interactive online coursework, you can delve deeper with our faculty and participate in our graduate level curriculum.

Many events qualify for continuing education credits from certain professional accrediting organizations. Learn more »

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The cost of professional development events will be increasing. Register and complete payment by March 17th to lock in at the current price!

Please click through to the registration page for any events that interest you to check ticket availability as seating is limited and many events sell out.


Each year, the IIRP convenes scholars and practitioners to share ideas, learn from one another, and push us forward in our thinking and understanding. In addition to collecting and sharing presentations, the collaboration and relationships developed at these events fuel the restorative movement.

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IIRP Latin America Conference
Spanish speaking only
Mexico City | March 5-6, 2020

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Apply Events Toward Graduate Coursework

Following any of our conferences or symposia, we offer the opportunity to enhance your experience by adding online coursework. Participation in an IIRP World Conference may be applied toward blended graduate course RP 541 IIRP World Conference. Our next summer symposium and associated graduate course will take place in 2021. Courses incorporate related readings, writing assignments and online discussion with fellow participants and IIRP Faculty. Students actively evaluate, discuss and critique presentations using restorative practices principles. Contact Student Services — email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 610-807-9221 or schedule a call — for more information.

Past World Conferences and Symposia

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Positive School Culture

SaferSanerSchools™ builds stronger relationships between students and staff to create a more positive school climate.

Increased Equity

Restorative practices empowers a diversity of voices and reduces discipline disparities based on race and other factors.

Strong School Leadership

Our program teaches school leaders 21st century professional competencies to improve workplace culture and foster staff development.

Program Components

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) SaferSanerSchools™ program provides a comprehensive implementation model that works with educators to transform school climate in districts across the United States.


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Staff learn skills to proactively connect with students and respond when things go wrong.

In school Coaching

IIRP coaches help school leadership teams reinforce the use of restorative practices.

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Institutional Licensing

Leaders select a team to become IIRP Licenced Trainers to sustain and expand the program.

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A Program of the IIRP Graduate School

The International Institute for Restorative Practices is a graduate school offering a Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices, the social science of relationships and community. Our continuing education instructors have worked in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.; we have worked in hundreds of schools and districts, urban and rural.

The IIRP has collaborated with national organizations to integrate restorative practices with social emotional learning (SEL), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and bullying prevention programs. The IIRP SaferSanerSchools™ program was the subject of a RAND Corporation report showing restorative practices reduced suspensions in 22 schools over two years in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

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"Restorative practices provide a structure that builds community among students and staff and provides a way for students to restore themselves to the community following misconduct."

Anthony Hamlet
Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Research and Reports

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RAND Corporation, a Randomized Controlled Trial of SaferSanerSchools™


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Advancement Project, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, Opportunity to Learn Campaign

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Experienced restorative practitioners who want a cost-effective way to implement and sustain the use of restorative practices in their school or organization may become IIRP Licensed Trainers. There is an annual fee to use our training materials. Licensed trainers are responsible for purchasing required textbooks for their attendees.

You may become licensed in either or both of our 2-day professional development events:

  1. Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively
  2. Facilitating Restorative Conferences

First, you must have attended the event for which you are requesting a license. After gaining experience, you must then attend the Training of Trainers (3 days) for the associated event. Once trained, participants will be able to provide the 2-day offerings within their agency or limited geographical area.

If you would like to learn more about our Training of Trainers program before continuing, please contact us.

Upcoming Training of Trainers Events

Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively
  • March 23–25 – San Mateo, CA (San Francisco Bay area) [EVENT FULL]
  • March 24–26 – Atlanta, GA [EVENT FULL]
  • March 30–April 1 – New York, NY [EVENT FULL]
  • April 14–16 – Bethlehem, PA [EVENT FULL]
  • April 27–29 – Evanston, IL (Chicago area) [EVENT FULL]
  • May 4–6 – New York, NY [EVENT FULL]
  • May 4–6 – Bethlehem, PA
  • May 12–14 – Bellevue, WA (Seattle area)
  • June 1–3 – Evanston, IL (Chicago area)
  • July 13–15 – Bellevue, WA (Seattle area)
  • July 20–22 – Bethlehem, PA
  • August 3–5 – Evanston, IL (Chicago area)
  • August 3–5 – New York, NY
Facilitating Restorative Conferences
  • April 6–8 – Bethlehem, PA [EVENT FULL]
  • May 27–29 – Bethlehem, PA [EVENT FULL]
  • Aug 17–19 – Bethlehem, PA

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"This training experience has been a wonderful and collaborative coming together of a diverse group of professionals."

Christi DeChamps
Wisconsin, USA