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.
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).
- Pre-work includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately two hours of pre-work 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 and other professional development.