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June Summer Intensive: Restorative Practices

June 23 @ 9:00 am - June 25 @ 4:00 pm MDT


What are restorative practices?

We define Restorative Practices as a process by which an individual acknowledges wrongdoing, takes steps to repair harm and is welcomed back into the community. This, in effect, fosters a culture that elevates dialogue and values relationships.


Day 1: 101 – 5 R’s of Restorative Culture: An Intro to Restorative Practices in Schools

Introductory training designed to provide a baseline understanding of the pillars of RP, fundamental practitioner skills and insight on why it is needed to help transform school and community culture.

You will leave this training confident in the following areas:

  • History, values, theory and applications of Restorative Practices.
  • The 5Rs that make up the foundation of restorative culture.
  • Strategies to create buy-in for implementing Restorative Practices within your school
  • The Restorative Practices Continuum (i.e. affective statements vs. formal conferences)
  • Understanding the appropriate restorative strategy to use in different situations.

Day 1 Agenda

  • Welcome, Introductions, TCC overview
  • Training Goals/Group Agreements
  • Introduction Circle
  • What is RP? History and Standards
  • RP is and is not
  • Paradigm Shift
  • Why RP
  • Implicit Bias in RP overview
  • Observation Circle
  • 5 R’s
  • RP Continuum
  • Affective Statements Questions
  • Creating Buy In
  • RP Implementation Skills
  • Appreciation Circle
  • Questions

Day 2: 201 – Implementing Restorative Circles in Your School

With an emphasis on prevention and the development of RP language, we’ll learn to use restorative practices skills to develop collaborative norms, learn how and why to run proactive circles, how to use affective statements & reframing and how to address conflict in the moment. By implementing restorative practices in the everyday culture of a school, conversation and problem solving become the norm and preventative in nature. This course is geared toward education professionals who will be establishing relationships within a school and managing a group of students or peers.

You will leave this training confident in the following areas:

  • Facilitating proactive circles
  • Creating group agreements and setting norms within circles
  • Building skills and competencies for restorative language
  • Creating affective statements and questions
  • Reframing inflammatory statements
  • Implementing strategies to general awareness and empathy of students


Day 2 Agenda

  • Welcome, Overview and Goals
  • Circle Essentials and Opening Circle
  • Essentials of RP Implementation HANDOUT (10 minutes)
  • RP Continuum
  • Proactive Circles Intro and Essentials Video
  • Run Your Own Circle (low level)
  • Active Listening Exercise
  • Review Affective Statements and Questions
  • Reframing Intro
  • Reframing Tag Team Activity
  • Impromptu conference- uses and essentials and case studies
  • Mindfulness
  • Closing Appreciation Circle and Questions


Day 3: 301 – Sustaining a Restorative School Culture

Focusing on the intervention aspect of restorative practices, especially when conflict arises, we’ll practice the skills required to address situations using an intentional facilitation process. 101 and 201 of the Restorative Practice trainings teach the informal language and dialogue used to create restorative culture and prevent greater harm. 301 picks up when a greater harm has been caused and addressing this harm requires a more intentional facilitation process. This workshop is specifically designed for those who have attended RP101 and RP201, or for those who are looking for formal circle facilitation practice. Ultimately, this session provides attendees with the ability to conduct formal Restorative Practice circles.


You will leave this training confident in the following areas:

  • Formally pre-conferencing students
  • Facilitating a formal circle
  • Following up with students and gaining feedback for greater insight
  • Using restorative language within the facilitation of a formal circle

Day 3 Agenda

  • Welcome, Introductions, Overview and Goals Opening Circle
  • Review Continuum
  • Facilitator Mindset
  • 3 Stages of Formal Conference
  • Purpose of Pre-Conferencing  & Guidelines
  • #1  Pre-conference Role plays and debriefs
  • Purpose of Formal Circles (Conferences)
  • Formal Circle Guidelines
  • Generating Dialogue
  • Affective Questions for Formal Circles
  • Steps for Formal Circle and Role Plays
  • Agreements
  • Purpose of debriefing and students feedback
  • Questions/Reflections
  • Closing Circle


A full refund up to two weeks before and 50% after that.  Full refund will also be offered in the case of state or city changes or restrictions re: ability to meet in person because of COVID-19 and are not able to provide a virtual alternative.


June 23 @ 9:00 am
June 25 @ 4:00 pm
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The Conflict Center


The Conflict Center
4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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When conflict happens in the workplace or people experience inappropriate or difficult behavior at work, relationships are damaged and productivity often suffers.
Workplaces that embrace Restorative Practices have the potential to create a safer, happier and more effective workplace for everyone. Restorative Practices can be used within the workplace both as a preventative measure and to address conflict when it does arise, enabling teams and individuals to work well together.

Restorative Practices can be an effective way to resolve workplace conflict. It involves:
  • bringing together all those affected by conflict
  • providing a safe environment for the expression of perspective
  • allowing participants to come to a shared understanding
  • identifying creative ways to deal with conflict
  • providing opportunities to rebuild damaged relationships and strengthen teams 

Restorative approaches can also be used proactively within the workplace to build strong, positive relationships. Staff meetings, for example, can be focused on building relationships and based around a foundation of mutual respect.
To discuss opportunities to bring this training to your workplace or to customize this training to your organizations needs, please contact Jessica Sherwood at Jessica.Sherwood@conflictcenter.org or call 303.865.5624.