Summer 2020 Training

RJNCCTraining in Campus RJ Across Student Affairs for Catholic Campuses (Three Days)

Restorative Justice facilitator training for college student misconduct and for campus community building 


June 22-24, 2020
9:00am-5:00pm each day
University of San Diego  

(Includes lunches )

  • Free Registration for Members of Catholic campuses because of a generous grant and the voluntary donation of the trainers' labor, there is no fee to attend this training for members of Catholic campuses. Participants must cover their own travel/accommodation expenses

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

Open to Catholic campus student affairs administrators, faculty, students and other staff interested in implementing restorative justice on their campuses.This training is supported by the Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Campuses. 
Recognizing a natural alignment between the philosophy of restorative justice and the guiding ideals of the Catholic social tradition, the RJNCC encourages Catholic campuses to articulate and cultivate restorative principles and to assist each other in the strengthening interest, commitment, and implementation of restorative practices on their campuses.  

Accommodation: Campus housing will be available and information will be provided after registration. USD also has a great relationship with Bartell Hotels, which provides a discounted rate to you and 10% is donated by the hotels to student scholarships. When you reserve, just tell them that you are attending a USD event (no special code necessary).USD/Bartell hotel website 

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 would’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 R. Karp, PhDDK headshot

Director of the Center for Restorative Justice 
Professor of Leadership

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.

Sheila M. McMahon, PhD, MDiv, MSW, LCSWSheila McMahon portrait.

Assistant Professor 
Barry University School of Social Work 

Sheila M. McMahon is an Assistant Professor at the Barry University School of Social Work in Miami, FL. Her research focuses on the prevention of sexual violence on college campuses using strategies such as bystander education and restorative justice to prevent and address individual and community-level harms. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she served as a University sexual assault prevention educator and rape crisis counselor. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, where she studied feminist ethics and liberation theologies. She earned her MSW and PhD at the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she was trained in intervention research at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC). Dr. McMahon is also a licensed clinical social worker in Florida.

Sean Horrigan, PhDSean Horrigan portrait.

Director of University Centers and Staff Development
University of San Diego

Sean Horrigan, PhD, is the Director of University Centers and Staff Development at the University of San Diego (USD). Previously, he served as the Director of Student Conduct and founded the restorative justice program at USD implementing restorative practices across various functional areas in Student Affairs. He has lectured in USD's School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Professional Studies at National University teaching courses in leadership, group dynamics, and adult development. Sean serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation whose mission is to promote safer schools and communities through education in the restorative principles of compassion, forgiveness, and peacemaking.  He has a BA in Education from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA and PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. At USD's Center for Restorative Justice he is on the leadership team of the RJNCC (Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Campuses) and is a restorative justice facilitator and trainer