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Building social capital through participatory decision-making

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Community and Family, Schools

At the Citizen University National Conference, IIRP Director of Continuing Education Keith Hickman, discusses how restorative practices can reduce suspensions of students of color by changing the dynamic of authority relationships in schools and communities.

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Building and Sustaining a Restorative City in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Community and Family, IIRP Graduate School

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) is embarking on an unprecedented initiative to improve the lives of children and families in Detroit by mobilizing a “whole-neighborhood” approach, individuals will be active stewards of their community.

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Motivational Interviewing is effective and restorative

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Community and Family, Justice

In this guest blog, Professor John Braithwaite, who leads the Peacebuilding Compared project and is the founder of RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University, discusses the parallels between Motivational Interviewing and restorative practices and describes a framework for understanding why these approaches work.

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Helping people help themselves with Motivational Interviewing

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Justice

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, restorative dialogue process that supports people in identifying their goals and achieving positive changes in their lives.

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IIRP founder taking restorative in new directions

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in IIRP Graduate School, Theory

Ted Wachtel, founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School, who stepped down as IIRP president last summer, has launched a new website, Building a New Reality, as a platform for sharing his ideas about the implications of restorative practices in the areas of politics, governance and economics.

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Motivational Interviewing: Change through restorative dialogue

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Justice, Video

Dawn Schantz, Motivational Interviewing consultant for juvenile justice in the state of Pennsylvania, explains how the skill of motivational interviewing can simultaneously hold people to high expectations while also providing support to help them internalize their own motivations for change.

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Strachan Family Foundation embraces restorative practices

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Community and Family

Harry Strachan explains how the organization he established to honor the missionary work of his parents and grandparents in Latin America can help today’s society navigate a great crisis.

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Leader in Asian & Pacific Islander Community joins Trustees

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in IIRP Graduate School

J.D. Hokoyama, who has been dedicated to diversity education and supporting the Asian and Pacific Islander community to develop leadership capacity, brings to the IIRP Board of Trustees his experience of leading a nonprofit for 25 years as well as expertise in the field of board development.

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Restorative practices can replace corporal punishment

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Community and Family, Faith Communities, Schools

Attorney and IIRP Graduate Certificate holder Hazel Thompson-Ahye speaks on radio in favor of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child ban on corporal punishment and the implications for restorative practices in her country, Trinidad & Tobago.

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Time for a new dialogue on family violence

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Community and Family

Terry O’Connell, restorative pioneer and creator of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Real Justice Conference script, argues that the conversation on family violence needs to change from blame and punishment toward harm and relationships.

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