Basic Restorative Practices
During our flagship event, you will learn skills you can use immediately to strengthen relationships and respond to conflict in your classroom, community or organization.
In the 21st century, technical expertise is not enough. Successful professionals must also excel at building relationships, responding to conflict and collaborative problem-solving.
The Basic Restorative Practices event will teach you these skills.
|"Everything about this experience was invaluable - from the skillsets and content to the camaraderie and community created."
- Angela Breaker, Stem, North Carolina
Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively - Days 1 & 2
From day one, you will learn a range of strategies you can use every day. You'll learn how to set high expectations while being supportive. You will practice how to provide direct feedback and how to ask questions that foster accountability.
You will also learn the most effective methods to resolve common conflicts.
We devote the second day entirely to teaching attendees to facilitate restorative circles. Circles are an essential process for building social capital, resolving social problems and responding when harm occurs. Circles create a positive learning environment.
You will learn by participating in circles with other attendees, taking turns to learn how to facilitate. By the end of the day, you will be prepared to return to your setting and run your first circle!
Facilitating Restorative Conferences - Days 3 & 4
Effective responses to incidents of conflict, wrongdoing and harm are the hallmark of restorative practices. We dedicate two full days to teaching you how to facilitate a formal, scripted circle process to address racial incidents, bullying, vandalism and other serious infractions.
You will learn all the steps required to conduct a restorative justice conference, from determining the readiness of victims, offenders, their families and friends to participate, to running the formal meeting itself.
Even if you will not be responsible for conducting conferences yourself, you will learn how to better address everyday conflict and incidents in your workplace and community. Skills taught include monitoring your own reactions in stressful situations, listening with empathy and creating shared understanding among conflicting parties.
Two day options available:
Register for Facilitating Restorative Conferences.
Note: While this event will help attendees strengthen social bonds in any setting, many of the examples are drawn from K-12 schools.
Apply this event toward Graduate Studies
Participation in this event can be applied toward one of the IIRP's hybrid graduate courses and is a prerequisite for another.
Full event: RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices is a 3-credit hybrid course that employs online instruction to build upon your professional development experience. Participation in this 4-day event can be applied toward RP 500. Delve deeper with 18 hours of additional online coursework to gain a deeper understanding of the theories that are the backbone of this practice.
Two-day option: Participation in the first two days of this event fulfills the prerequisite for the graduate course RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action. This fully online course will help you implement restorative practices in your setting.