Center for Restorative Justice: RJ Training, Workshops & Certificates

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Restorative Justice (RJ) — an emerging global social movement with many traditions and approaches — embraces community empowerment, collective participation, and personal accountability to address harm and strengthen relationships.

 

The USD Center for Restorative Justice promotes research, teaching, training, and implementation support for restorative justice. 

Restorative Justice for Educational Institutions

Bring Healing and Accountability to Your School

Bring Healing and Accountability to Your School

Educational institutions are at the forefront of innovation and setting the highest standards for equitable and safe learning environments. Restorative justice practices provide the space for learning and personal growth as well and meaningful individual and collective accountability for preventing and addressing harm when it occurs.

Watch our RJ Training in Action

The USD Center for RJ recognizes the very real pressures facing educational administrators to manage high caseloads, ensure fair treatment, minimize institutional liability, protect the campus community, and help community members address harm effectively.

The USD Center for Restorative Justice offers specialized RJ training programs.

Specialized Restorative Training Programs

  • Foundational Campus RJ for Higher Education
  • Restorative Initiatives for Campus Sexual Misconduct
  • Specialized RJ Training for Academic Medical Schools and other Health Professions
  • Adopting Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
  • Restorative Justice Training for K-12 Educators/Leaders

We have pioneered a robust remote RJ training experience via Zoom, conducted in concert with scheduled asynchronous activities. Or, we'd love to visit your campus to deliver our impactful RJ training in-person!

 

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"I was not expecting the strong sense of community we built (over Zoom!)...it was a great foundational course, both in terms of philosophy/values, and also practice!"

— Camille Lizarribar • Dean of Student Affairs • Tufts University

Restorative Training for Other Organizations and Communities

The USD Center for RJ adapts its same core restorative paradigm and orientation methodology for other types of organizations, workplace environments, and community groups, training and coaching them to effectively foster and institutionalize a restorative environment to remedy acute harm and create a culture of respect, empathy, trust, and kindness.

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Our Community of RJ Practitioners

We nurture and grow our RJ community through enriching collaboration. To stay informed and be connected:

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The Restorative Approach, Explained...

Video of USD Trainer Pedro Flores explaining Restorative Justice
USD Trainer Pedro Flores Explains RJ 
David Karp is the Director of USD's Center for Restorative Justice

"Restorative justice is a way to prevent or respond to harm in a community with an emphasis on healing, social support, and active accountability. RJ includes a variety of practices with many rooted in indigenous and religious traditions. Some practices help prevent harm by helping people build relationships and strengthen communities. Other practices respond to harm by helping to clearly identify harms, needs, and solutions through an inclusive and collaborative decision-making process."

— David Karp, Director of USD Center for RJ

Upcoming Workshops, Coursework, & Trainings in Restorative Practices

In addition to private RJ training's by request, we also offer various restorative justice workshops and training programs open to the public.

Foundational RJ Training for Higher Education — IN-PERSON (3 Days)

NOV 3rd '22 / $965

Best for:  This immersive restorative training experience is specially tailored for higher education administrators, faculty, students, and other staff interested in implementing RJ on their campuses for community building, addressing campus climate concerns, and student misconduct.

Experience this in-person transformative 3-day RJ workshop Nov. 3 - 5  at the USD Campus  — participants in this training experience achieve a firm grasp of RJ principles and practices, develop core facilitation skills, explore implementation strategies, and gain vital insights into the restorative mindset.This RJ training is 3 days of interactive group exercises, skill-building, role playing, powerful learning, and meaningful human-to-human connection.

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Living Restoratively — REMOTE (5 Weeks)

OCT 20th '22 / $565

Best for:  Everyone who is struggling with adversity, building resilancy, and leveraging restorative tools for better self-care. Also well-suited for those wanting to share restorative skills for their students, team, company, or group to conquer adversity.

Join us for this specialized remote RJ workshop to conquer adversity, improve self-care, and ease your stress.  If you are struggling or want to support people who are, this unique online restorative experience is for you!  

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Foundational RJ Training for Higher Education — REMOTE (6 Weeks)

JAN 18th '23 / $965

Best for:  This immersive restorative training experience is specially tailored for higher education administrators, faculty, students, and other staff interested in implementing RJ on their campuses for community building, addressing campus climate concerns, and student misconduct.

Experience this innovative, remote 6-week RJ workshop starting Jan. 18, 2023 — participants in this training experience achieve a firm grasp of RJ principles and practices, develop core facilitation skills, explore implementation strategies, and gain vital insights into the restorative mindset.This RJ training is 6 weeks of interactive group discussions, asynchronous exercises and self-reflections, role playing, virtual breakout dialogues, impactful Zoom activities, and meaningful human-to-human connection.

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Earn a Certificate in Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership
The Center for Restorative Justice and Dept. of Leadership Studies offer TWO RJ certificate tracks — Professional and Graduate

Earn a Certificate in Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership

The Center for Restorative Justice and Dept. of Leadership Studies offer TWO RJ certificate tracks — Professional and Graduate

Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Certificate Program for Professional RJ Practitioners

For aspiring/current RJ practitioners seeking to elevate their skills
Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice

Post-graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices

For degree-bearing graduate credit, great for aspiring/current USD students.
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Both of these three-course restorative justice practices certificate programs provide a comprehensive introduction to RJ facilitation and leadership — via online coursework, experiential skill-building activities, and area-specific expert coaching — empowering participants to effectively lead the implementation of restorative justice practices.


Seeking a Masters or PhD in Restorative Justice Practices? Consider USD's specialized graduate programs in Higher Education and Nonprofit Leadership — pursue a special focus on equity-driven leadership and restorative justice, blending academic RJ theory and knowledge with hands-on restorative experience. Its curriculum also includes the completion of the Restorative Justice Graduate Certificate.

Graduate students can explore a broad range of restorative justice topics — some current and past RJ dissertation projects include:

RJ Heals and Restores versus use shame and guilt.

Heal and Restore versus Shame and Punish

Restorative justice approach vs. punitive approach

Advancing Academic Research in RJ

Advancing Academic Research in RJ

Housed in the Department of Leadership Studies and closely partnering with the Student Affairs Office of Ethical Development and Restorative Practices, the Center for RJ pioneers research on the efficacy of restorative justice practices in various environments and community settings, and also highlights and disseminates rigorous research and case studies for other academics and practitioners.

Browse recent RJ Publications from the Center

Learn more about our RJ Research Community