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The IIRP conducts two Training of Trainers events (3 days) to teach experienced practitioners how to facilitate the following 2-day professional development events:

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

Once trained, participants will be Licensed Trainers and able to provide these 2-day offerings within their agency or limited geographical area. For organizations that have already held some amount of on-site training from the IIRP, this will provide a cost-effective way to continue to train new staff by becoming capable of providing this high-quality training "in-house." For others, it provides a way to initiate the implementation of restorative practices in your setting or conduct training in your locale.

When am I eligible to become a Licensed Trainer?

The Licensed Trainer programs are for experienced restorative practitioners. For the Introducation to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively license, individuals should be well versed in restorative practices and should have experience holding group discussions in a circle. For the Faciltating Restorative Conferences license, it is integral that you have participated in or facilitated a restorative conference prior to registering for the program. During the training, attendees will be required to share their previous experiences with the group. There is no specific timeframe that the IIRP has that you can accomplish becoming a practitioner. Since this is dependent on personal experience, timing will vary for each individual.

If you would like to learn more about our Training of Trainers program before continuing, complete our information request form.

Steps to Become a Licensed Trainer:
  1. Attend the relevant prerequisite 2-day event — either Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively or Faciltating Restorative Practices. If you have yet to attend these events, view upcoming training dates here.
  2. Gain experience using these practices in your setting.
  3. Register for a 3-day Training of Trainers event. These are scheduled throughout the year. The Training of Trainers can also be held on-site at your organization with a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of twelve (12) participants.
  4. Complete a Licensing Agreement with the IIRP outlining the potential target audience — who and where you would like to train, agreeing to all terms of the agreement. The IIRP will ask that this be narrowly defined, such as within a specific organization or limited geographical area.
  5. Start training and get experience.
  6. Sign up for the IIRP's free ongoing Trainer Development webinars. This is an opportunity to receive extra support from IIRP's master trainers for developing your skills and receive useful feedback on providing the highest quality training. (Access to webinars provided once licensing process is complete.)

Upcoming Training of Trainers Events

Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively
  • March 27-29 — Bethlehem, PA
  • April 29-May 1 — San Mateo, CA (San Francisco Bay area)
  • May 7-9 — El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles area)
  • May 8-10 — Bethlehem, PA
  • May 14-16 — Bellevue, WA (Seattle area)
  • June 24-26 — San Mateo, CA (San Francisco Bay area)
  • July 15-17 — El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles area)
  • July 15-17 — Bellevue, WA (Seattle area)
  • July 22-24 — Bethlehem, PA
Facilitating Restorative Conferences
  • April 3-5 — Bethlehem, PA
  • May 15-17 — Bethlehem, PA
  • July 22-24 — Bethlehem, PA

To ensure professional development quality and fidelity, the IIRP expects trainers to meticulously comply with their licensing agreements:

  • Trainers will need to use the scripts, digital presentations, videos, role plays and prescribed activities that are provided for each professional development event.
  • The IIRP professional development events are to be delivered in their prescribed sequence or configuration and provided as a whole day.
  • Trainers who provide trainings other than IIRP training should clearly identify in advance to their attendees when they are not IIRP professional development events.
  • It is the obligation of the Licensed Trainer to purchase and/or provide each trainee with a copy of the paperback book related to each IIRP professional development day. The IIRP books ensure that trainees have permanent access to a wealth of information related to each topic without the burden of taking notes.
  • To maintain status of an IIRP Licensed Trainer the annual fee will need to be paid.
  • All professional development materials (scripts, digital presentations, videos, role plays, etc.) are provided to licensed trainers. The IIRP wants to ensure that its materials are not being used by unauthorized trainers and that they are kept up-to-date.
  • Trainers are to reach out to the IIRP before agreeing to conduct IIRP professional development events outside of their identified institution or geographic area so they do not infringe on the rights of other IIRP trainers.