The International Institute for Restorative Practices is dedicated to the advanced education of professionals at the graduate level and to the conduct of research that can develop the growing field of restorative practices, with the goal of positively influencing human behavior and strengthening civil society throughout the world.
Our world is changing at a breathtaking pace, driven by scientific and technological advances whose consequences challenge our ability to cope with them. Social patterns that have long characterized human life are changing dramatically around the globe, diminishing social connectedness in families, schools, workplaces and communities. The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) will draw upon a wide range of fields to develop theory and practice and conduct research designed to address this global challenge.
The emerging field of restorative practices is the study of restoring and developing social capital, social discipline, emotional well-being and civic participation through participatory learning and decision making. The further development of restorative practices as a field of study requires eclectic and interdisciplinary graduate-level study and research that includes practice, reflection, scientific inquiry and international academic collaboration.
Further, restorative practices can enhance our relationships and our emotional well-being. The IIRP Graduate School will model that potential by actualizing the principles of restorative practices in its daily operations, its dealings with students, staff, faculty, administration and trustees, and its relationships with other people and organizations.
- We will educate a growing number of professionals who are capable of applying restorative practices to strengthening civil society.
- We and our graduates will contribute to the growth of knowledge through our research and its application.
- We will disseminate the results of our theory and practice to professionals in related disciplines with the goal of positively influencing human behavior.