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Why Restorative Practices?

Restorative Practice professional development imparts practical knowledge and skills you can use immediately in your personal and professional life—whether you are involved in education, criminal justice, social services, counseling, leadership, the pastoral field, volunteer or other work.

Supported by extensive research, restorative practices has demonstrated positive outcomes in a wide variety of settings such as schools, workplace, justice systems and home. We’ve consistently seen proactive circles improve behavior and decrease bullying and violence in schools, fair practice improve workplace morale, a restorative conference provide emotional healing for victims, and family group decision making (FGDM) enhance family engagement in social services.

Attendees will receive two books, which are related to each one of the days (The Restorative Practices Handbook and Restorative Circles in Schools).

Intro to Restorative Practices


Introduction to Restorative Practices

Attendees will learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues. Interactive experiences bring you to a full understanding of the fundamental unifying premise of restorative practices—that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them.


Using Circles Effectively

Circles facilitate conversation and encourage full participation to help promote truly meaningful communication. Through video, practice and discussion, participants identify reliable methods for using circles to build community, establish norms and address behavior and relationships. Useful in any setting from education and other human services to organizational management.

Facilitating Restorative Conferences (2 Day)

Restorative conferences help to satisfy people's need to repair harm. Those who have been harmed have the chance to tell those who harmed them how they have been affected. Those who caused the harm gain empathy and understanding — not only for those directly affected, but for others who were impacted by their actions such as family, friends and coworkers. Then those who have harmed have a chance to make amends and shed the “offender” label, ultimately breaking the cycles of misbehavior and disruption.

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