Fall 2019 Training

Training in Campus RJ Across Student Affairs (Three Days)

Restorative Justice Facilitator Training
for College Student Misconduct and for Campus Community-Building


October 16-18, 2019
9:00-5:00pm each day

University of San Diego
Registration Fee: $600 

(Includes lunches and The Little Book of RJ for Colleges and Universities)

In this intensive training, you will gain a thorough understanding of restorative justice principles and practices, strong facilitation skills, practical information about program implementation, and the satisfaction of having participated in a powerful intellectual, emotional, and spiritually-uplifting training experience.

Open to student affairs administrators, faculty, students, and other staff interested in implementing restorative justice on their campuses for community building, addressing campus climate concerns, and student misconduct including bias incidents and Title IX.


Day 1
(Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00)

Circle Experience
  • Introduction to Circle Practice with a focus on the “5 C’s” of circles: convening, connection, concern, collaboration, and closing
  • Using circle practice to build community

Restorative Justice Defined

  • Exploring the definition and institutional alignment of RJ

Three Tiers of Campus Practice

  • Build and strengthen relationships
  • Respond to conflict and harm
  • Support reentry

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm 5:00 pm)

RJ Origins and Practices

  • The global RJ movement and its varied cultural traditions

Taking Responsibility

  • RJ referrals, apologies, and the nuances of denying and taking responsibility

RJ Conference Role Play

Day 2

(Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00)

Circle Experience for Community-Building: The Talking Piece

  • Please bring a “talking piece” with you—an object you wouldn’t mind passing around the circle, but is meaningful to you and has a story you can share

A Bit of Restorative Theory

  • Why does RJ work?

Trauma-Informed RJ Practice

  • Harmed party awareness in RJ process

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 5:00 pm)

Evidence of Effectiveness

  • What does the research say?

Listing and Brainstorming Harms

  • Translating participant narratives into concrete harms and brainstorming solutions
  • Identifying underlying needs in order to customize solutions

RJ Conversations and Coaching

  • Exploring the impact of RJ’s core questions
  • RJ practice for one-on-one support

RJ Conference Role Play

Day 3

(Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00)

Climate Circle Design

  • Planning and preparation

Restorative Reintegration

  • Reentry support circles for students on leave

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 3:00 pm)

Strategic Planning

  • Next steps for implementation

Self-Assessment and Integration

Closing Experience and Group Photo!

Training Team

David Karp portrait.David R. Karp, PhD

Director of the Center for Restorative Justice 
Professor of Leadership
Curriculum Vita (with links to publications)

David Karp is a professor and director of the Center for Restorative Justice in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. His current scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. For his work on campus restorative justice, he was the recipient of the 2019 Leadership and Innovation Award from the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice as well as the 2011 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration. David has published more than one hundred academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and UniversitiesWounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-Based Perspectives on the Death Penalty and The Community Justice Ideal. David serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College. David received a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington.

Sean Horrigan, PhDSean Horrigan portrait.

Director of University Centers and Staff Development
University of San Diego

Sean Horrigan has been a university administrator and leadership educator for over 15 years.  He currently serves as the Director of University Centers and Staff Development at the University of San Diego.  In 2011, Dr. Horrigan founded the restorative justice program at USD and began to integrate restorative practices into the student conduct program, eventually expanding into other areas of Student Affairs including residential life, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, as a response to critical campus incidents.  He also serves as a Lecturer in USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is a Core Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Business and Management at National University, teaching courses in leadership, group dynamics, and adult development.  In his work he engages in opportunities to promote reflection, meaning-making, and values clarification for students who are struggling with the difficult choices and big questions presented by the college experience.  He earned his Ph.D. and masters in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.