Spring 2020 Training

Introductory Training in Campus RJ for Sexual Harm (Three Days)
Restorative Justice Facilitator Training


April 2-4, 2020
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 and The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Sexual Abuse)

Accommodations: USD has a great relationship with Bartell Hotels, which provides you with a discounted rate and 10% is donated by the hotels to student scholarships. When you reserve, just tell them you are attending a USD event (no special code necessary). USD/Bartell Hotels website

In this introductory, but 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. This training is equivalent to our introductory 3-day training, Campus RJ Across Student Affairs. However, all of the examples and experiential learning activities will be focused on campus sexual harm.

Swarthmore 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 Title IX violations.

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.

Kaaren Williamsen, PhDKaaren-headshot2.jpg

Co-Chair, Campus PRISM
Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center 
University of Michigan

Kaaren M. Williamsen, PhD, is Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. She has also served as the Title IX Coordinator at Swarthmore College and was the founding director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at Carleton College, where she also served as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Kaaren has masters degrees in Women’s Studies and Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the University of Minnesota.  Her 2017 dissertation focused on the limitations of the student conduct response to sexual misconduct and the possibilities of restorative justice.  

Alissa R. Ackerman, PhD


Professor of Criminal Justice
California State University, Fullerton

Alissa Ackerman is a criminal justice professor at California State University, Fullerton. She has been researching sexual violence and sex crimes policy for almost fifteen years. She has written extensively on the topic and is often called on by media outlets to comment on cases related to sexual victimization, policy, and accountability. Her most recent co-authored book, The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement, was published in 2018 and her newest book Healing from Sexual Violence: The Case for Vicarious Restorative Justice will be published in early 2019. Alissa is a restorative justice facilitator who has worked with over 500 men and women who have committed various sexual offenses. Her work was recently featured in an HBO Vice News segment. Alissa has been invited to speak in various US States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.