Restoring Community

In times of crisis, we need to transform our interpersonal patterns

Hosted by IIRP Professor Frida Rundell, Ph.D., this series will address anxiety and fears within individuals, families and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be supported to recognize our common human needs for staying healthy in body and spirit.

Competencies and key concepts will include:

  • Being mindful of our self-worth
  • Developing coping strategies to meet our needs
  • Treasuring our existing support systems
  • Using the "relational care ladder" as a guide
  • Compassionate witnessing, an intentional method of being present in our own lives and the lives of others

The online workshop incorporates four 90-minute Zoom sessions. Seating is limited to 30 participants (individuals only; no groups please). Instruction will use handouts, lectures and small group work. Tips for self-management will be provided each session.

  • Session 1 – Self-care: You will learn techniques to ground yourself in challenging circumstances. We will talk about self-compassion versus self-pity and do a practical partner exercise around intentional witnessing for our own self-care. A self-compassion survey will be used to take an inventory of the elements of self-care.
  • Session 2 – Listening to others: Participants will focus on listening competencies, including responding without judgement and how to use restorative questions. A practical exercise in triads will be used to practice mindfulness and reflection.
  • Session 3 – Family time: We will focus on the trials of using our homes as workplaces during the COVID-19 crisis. We will explore the competencies needed to parent, share restricted space with partners and carve out time for work and self-care. In groups of five, participants will unpack the relevant issues and generate ideas for working in restricted spaces.
  • Session 4 – Grieving and loss: Participants will learn a formal interactive process – compassionate witnessing – for addressing grief and loss. Competencies include dealing with discomfort and remaining present during hard conversations. Participants will experience a compassionate witnessing process in small groups using real incidents.

Price: $350

Build school climate with a network of motivated school leaders

As a school or district leader, you face a unique set of challenges when implementing fundamental restorative concepts. Putting Theory into Practice for School Administrators is a six-week intensive online experience designed for principals, superintendents and other school administrators with leadership responsibility over school culture and climate.

Led by an experienced IIRP Instructor, this event is designed to help you put into practice what you learned during Basic Restorative Practices* professional development. Throughout the six weeks, you will practice the full range of restorative practices and gain support for transforming relationships between students, teachers and other administrators.

  • Weeks 1 and 2 focus on the social discipline window, emphasizing self-reflection and competencies to set high expectations and provide high levels of support in your school.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 delve deeply into proactive community building, including practical ways to foster positive relationships with staff, students and parents.
  • Weeks 5 and 6 explore responses to harm and how to utilize problem-solving strategies to address needs that arise among your entire school community.

* Prerequisite: You must have completed Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively (days 1 and 2 of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event) or Restorative Practices for Educators before registering.

Learning format

Each session is facilitated by one of our engaging instructors — experienced restorative practitioners who clearly articulate key concepts and field your questions. They have worked in urban and rural districts facing a wide range of issues. You will join them in a professional learning community with up to 15 dedicated school leaders from around the country.

Problem-solving circles during seven one-hour weekly zoom sessions, as well as asynchronous threaded discussions, will provide multiple opportunities to reflect on your strengths and stumbling blocks, propose action steps and get feedback.

Readings, videos and lectures will be provided as supplementary material.

Price: $1295

Upcoming Events

This event is currently not scheduled. Please check back.

Take your basic restorative practices to a deeper level

Putting Theory into Practice for Teachers and School Staff is a six-week intensive online experience designed for teachers, school counselors and paraprofessionals who have participated in Basic Restorative Practices* professional development. The essential theme of this event is how to set high expectations of students while also providing high levels of support — working with students rather than doing things to or for them.

Throughout the six weeks, you will engage in opportunities to practice the full range of restorative practices in your setting with the goal of building positive classroom community as well as responding fairly and directly when problems occur.

  • Weeks 1 and 2 focus on the social discipline window, emphasizing self-reflection and competencies to help you stay more in the "with" box.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 delve deeply into proactive community building, including practical ways to foster positive relationships in your classroom.
  • Weeks 5 and 6 explore responses to harm and how to utilize problem-solving strategies to address needs that arise among students, staff and families.

* Prerequisite: You must have completed Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively (days 1 and 2 of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event) or Restorative Practices for Educators before registering.

Learning format

Each session is facilitated by one of our engaging instructors — experienced restorative practitioners who clearly articulate key concepts and field your questions. You will join them in a professional learning community with up to 15 passionate peers from schools around the country.

Problem-solving circles during seven one-hour weekly zoom sessions, as well as asynchronous threaded discussions, will provide multiple opportunities to reflect on your strengths and challenges, propose action steps and get feedback.

Readings, videos and lectures will be provided as supplementary material.

Price: $1295

 Upcoming Events

This event is currently not scheduled. Please check back.

Bring together those impacted to resolve conflict

Incidents of conflict, wrongdoing and harm occur throughout society — in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and families. The restorative justice conference provides a template to engage with those who cause and experience harm, along with related community.

All kinds of incidents, from arguments to bullying, racial incidents to property crimes and violence can be addressed in this format. During this event, you will learn the steps needed to facilitate these meaningful, healing conversations.

Whether or not you are responsible for conducting restorative justice conferences, the insights gained will help you address conflicts in everyday settings. The elements of the conference can be broken out to inform less formal processes — including restorative circles, small impromptu conversations and one-on-one interactions. Skills taught include monitoring your own reactions in stressful situations, listening with empathy and creating shared understanding among conflicting parties.

Learning Format

This online experience — tailored for teachers, administrators and other school staff — is led by an experienced IIRP instructor:

  • On two successive days, you will participate in 4.5-hour synchronous video conference sessions (breaks included).
  • Prework includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately two hours of prework for each day of synchronous instruction.
  • Our online engagement platform allows for interaction of participants before and between video sessions.

This event addresses topics that are also covered in the last two days of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event: Facilitating Restorative Conferences. This event satisfies the in-person prerequisite for our graduate courses. This event is not a prerequisite to Become a Licensed Trainer.

Price: $450

 

Foster positive classroom and school culture

During this two-day introductory online experience, you will learn fundamental theory and practices for engaging with students, staff and parents in your school setting.

Topics include how to set high expectations while being supportive, how to provide direct feedback and ask questions that foster accountability, and the most effective methods to resolve common conflicts.

You will also learn to facilitate circles, an essential process for creating a positive learning environment and school culture. Circles may be used to build social capital, resolve social problems and respond when harm occurs.

Learning Format

This online experience — tailored for teachers, administrators and other school staff — is led by an experienced IIRP instructor:

  • On two successive days, you will participate in 4.5-hour synchronous video conference sessions (breaks included).
  • Prework includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately two hours of prework for each day of synchronous instruction.
  • Our online engagement platform allows for interaction of participants before and between video sessions.

This event addresses topics that are also covered in the first two days of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event: Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively. This event satisfies the in-person prerequisite for our graduate courses and our six-week intensive professional development experiences. This event is not a prerequisite to Become a Licensed Trainer.

Price: $450

Explore restorative practices to effectively respond to serious incidents and trauma

Whether you work with youth living in poverty, families with broken relationships or older immigrants facing language barriers, you know that adversity can be as debilitating as extreme trauma. Learn techniques that can help you work with individuals and communities facing adversity or impacted by trauma.

This is an advanced restorative practices event, which assumes you have already received introductory professional development in the field. If you haven’t, please consider starting with our Basic Restorative Practices or Restorative Practices for Educators event.

This event is comprised of highly interactive instruction, including case studies, storytelling and personal reflection.

1. Learn two new techniques to work with highly traumatized populations or clients who have experienced significant emotional distress:

  • Restorative Questions, which help people process their feelings and provide emotional healing.
  • Compassionate Witnessing, as developed by Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D., as a method to explore common shock resulting from witnessing violence and violation.

2. View and discuss videos of powerful true stories illustrating the emotional dynamics and healing potential of restorative practices in the wake of serious incidents.

3. Explore the grieving process from a fresh and practical perspective, more beneficial than the traditional linear “stages of grief.”

4. Address the essential issue of self-care in your work with traumatized clients in a high-stress environment, as well as how your organization can ensure the health and well-being of your staff.

You will learn how to:
  • Help individuals heal in the wake of personal harm.
  • Foster trusting and supportive relationships with clients.
  • Develop methods for your own self-care and avoid burnout.

You will receive an e-book copy of Kaethe Weingarten’s Common Shock.

Upcoming Restorative Responses to Trauma and Adversity events

Many of our in-person events are not scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

A highly participatory experience for anyone in a position of responsibility or authority

Learn the principles of restorative leadership, an engaging, collaborative and effective way to exercise your authority.

This is an advanced restorative practices event, which assumes you have already received introductory professional development in the field. If you haven’t, please consider starting with our Basic Restorative Practices or Restorative Practices for Educators event.

During this very personalized event you will examine your own leadership style and characteristics through inventories and reflective processes. Participants share their own leadership challenges and receive support and feedback from others to help build new organizational and implementation strategies.

You will also learn about:
  • Building relationships with staff using practical supervision strategies.
  • Responding to conflicts using an approach that repairs relationships.
  • Effectively managing organizational change.
  • Employing your strengths as a leader to overcome gaps and weaknesses.

Upcoming Restorative Leadership Development: Authority with Grace events

Many of our in-person events are not scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

Few in-person events are scheduled at this time. However, we are currently offering two online eventsRestorative Practices for Educators and Restorative Justice Conferencing — that cover the same material as Basic Restorative Practices. Please see below for our limited current in-person offerings and check back for future offerings.

Skills you can use immediately to strengthen relationships and respond to conflict

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 will 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.

Note: While this event will help attendees strengthen social bonds in any setting, many of the examples are drawn from K-12 schools.

Upcoming Basic Restorative Practices events

Choose your date and location below. During the registration process, you will be asked to choose all four days ($800) or two days ($450).

To empower others, it is essential to learn how to listen

Expert listeners are not passive. They are strategic, structured and purposeful in how they engage others. Listening is a skill that can be learned, and this event will help you gain proficiency in how to listen.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, research-based dialogue process that strengthens the motivation for change in people you support. This interactive event will help you learn how to bring awareness to individuals about the discrepancy between their current behavior and their future goals. You will learn how to empower them to make meaningful life changes.

MI grew out of addictions treatment, but it has also demonstrated effectiveness in the fields of criminal justice, education, organizational management and the healthcare industry. MI is particularly effective with individuals who are non-compliant and resistant to making changes. Understanding the “Stages of Change” as outlined in MI will help practitioners develop strategies to support individuals in identifying and achieving their goals or developing new ones.

You will learn how to:
  • Create dialogue with a range of individuals and families, identifying current behavior and future goals.
  • Help individuals overcome internal resistance to change.
  • Engage and empower people to make meaningful changes, employing Motivational Interviewing.
  • Focus on “Change Talk” and “the Stages of Change” to help people identify and achieve their goals.
  • Increase motivation, empowering people to move thorough the change process.

Professional associations have approved this for Continuing Education Credit. Learn more »

Upcoming Motivational Interviewing events

Many of our in-person events are not scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

Empower youth to take responsibility for their behavior and learn healthier ways to interact

Explore how to reduce violence and youth aggression, whether you work in education, criminal justice, social services or youth counseling. Aggression Replacement Training® is an intervention for aggressive adolescents and children consistent with the restorative practices framework. An extended series of studies has demonstrated its efficacy with skill learning, anger control and reducing recidivism.

This two-day workshop will present the rationale and background underlying this group process, its specific procedures, materials, application and administrative challenges, and evaluation results.

Note: This event is the first step in learning about Aggression Replacement Training® as a practitioner and also as a graduate student if you are taking this for credit. If you are planning on implementing the Aggression Replacement Training® with fidelity as a 10-week program, please be aware it is a co-facilitated process; you will need to have two people trained and work with master trainers for additional support.

Recognition:

Aggression Replacement Training®  has been recognized by the following entitites:

  • U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention —Model Program
  • U.S. Department Education's Safe, Disciplined, and Drug-Free Schools Expert Panel —Model Program
  • U.S. Department of Justice —Promising Program
  • American Correctional Association —Model Program
  • U.K. Home Office —Model Program

Through interactive exercises, demonstration, guided practice and implementation planning, you will learn the three components of Aggression Replacement Training®:

  1. SkillStreaming, which teaches a curriculum of prosocial, interpersonal skills (i.e., what to do instead of aggression);
  2. Anger Control Training, which teaches youth what not to do if provoked;
  3. Moral Reasoning Training, which promotes values that respect the rights of others and helps youths want to use the interpersonal and anger management skills taught.
You will also learn about:
  • Causes of aggression, its magnitude and impact, as well as “best practice” solutions.
  • Updated research on brain development and meta-cognition strategies for new neural pathway development.
  • Generalization techniques to increase the likelihood that prosocial skills learned in the training setting will transfer to other settings and endure over time.

You will receive two books, Skillstreaming the Adolescent: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills by Ellen McGinnis, with Robert P. Sprafkin, N. Jane Gershaw and Paul Klein, as well as Anger Control Training: Prepare Curriculum Implementation Guide by Mark Amendola and Robert Oliver.

Upcoming Aggression Replacement Training® events

Few in-person events are scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

Subcategories

Welcome to the information page for your online professional development event, Restorative Practices for Educators. On this page you will find details about the event, links for materials to download and videos for viewing. Additional information, including specific dates, times and video conference links of online synchronous sessions, as well as contact information for your instructor, can be found in the automated emails you received following your registration for the event.

Note that while these materials provide the prework for the online event, the vast majority of the learning occurs during the synchronous experience with your instructor and classmates.

Welcome to the information page for your online professional development event, Restorative Justice Conferencing. On this page you will find details about the event, links for materials to download and videos for viewing. Additional information, including specific dates, times and video conference links of online synchronous sessions, as well as contact information for your instructor, can be found in the automated emails you received following your registration for the event.

Note that while these materials provide the prework for the online event, the vast majority of the learning occurs during the synchronous experience with your instructor and classmates.