(Bethlehem, PA) Basic Restorative Practices from IIRP

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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.

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

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