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Restorative Practices


Restorative Practices are approaches for working with individuals and groups that create communal feelings, communication, and self-regulation skills. Rooted in indigenous traditions they connect human evolution and neuropsychological development to promote preventative intervention and crisis response skills. Practitioners of Restorative Practice are typically called Circle Keepers and are tasked with facilitating groups with a focus on equality and utilitarianism. These restorative approaches promote relationship building and conflict solving in less restrictive ways than standard group or individual psychotherapy. This class offers an introduction to the basic components of Restorative Practices commonly used by organizations around the world and utilized by the Minnesota Department of Education to address school and organizational connectedness, as well as issues related to rites of passage, strategic planning, inquiry, and inclusion.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the basic components of Restorative Practices

  • Explore the link between indigenous cultures and Restorative Practices

  • Interpret their neurological and prosocial impact

  • Review their use school and community organizations

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)           

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