Restorative Practices Training (Mar 23-24, 2022)

Event Information

03/23/2022 - 03/24/2022
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Restorative Practices

Date/Time: March 23-24, 2022, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm EST

Location: Grand Rapids, MI.  (Exact Location: TBD)

Audience: All Staff 

Facilitators: Betsy Winkle, Director of Evaluation Services and a certified Restorative Practices Trainer

Format: In Person Only 

SCECHS: 11.5


As faithful Christians, we are called in inclusive community to pursue reconciliation in our relationships, and to teach our students how to build community in the midst of conflict. Restorative Practices is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities.

On the first day, participants will learn a range of strategies to use regularly, how to set high expectations while still being supportive, and the most effective methods to resolve common conflicts. Participants will also practice how to provide direct feedback and ask questions that foster accountability.

The second day is devoted entirely to teaching attendees how to facilitate restorative circles. Circles are an essential process for building social capital, resolving social problems, and responding when harm occurs. Circles also create a positive learning environment. Attendees will learn by participating in circles with other attendees, taking turns practicing facilitating. By the end of the day, participants will be prepared to return to their setting and run their first circle!


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