Training in Campus RJ Across Student Affairs (Three Days)

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


October 11-13, 2017 
9:00-5:00pm each day
Skidmore College
Registration Fee: $575.00 
(Includes lunches and The Little Book of RJ for Colleges and Universities)

Because there are so many great place to stay in Saratoga, we do not have reserved room blocks. See

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.

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Playing games and circling up at the Fall 2015 Campus RJ Training.


Tentative Agenda

Day 1  

(Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm) 

  • Circle Experience 

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

  • Restorative Justice Defined 

  • Distinguishing circle practice and conference practice 

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

  • Three Philosophies of Student Discipline: Punitive, Developmental, and Restorative 

  • RJ Conference Role Play 

  • Roots of RJ and the “Whole Campus Approach” 

  • The global RJ movement and its varied cultural traditions 

  • Three tiers of campus practice 


Day 2  

(Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm) 

  • Circle Experience for Community-Building: The Talking Piece

  • Trauma-Informed RJ Practice 

  • RJ Questions 

  • RJ practice for one-on-one support 

  • Evidence of Effectiveness 

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm - 5:00pm) 

  • Listing and Brainstorming Harms 

  • Harms to Needs 

  • A Bit of Restorative Theory 

  • RJ Conference Role Play 


Day 3  

(Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm) 

  • How to Convene Circles and Conferences 

  • Restorative Reintegration: Reentry support circles for students on leave 

  • Apology Letters 

  • Assessing Responsibility  

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm - 5:00pm--we'll try to get out early if we can) 

  • Strategic Planning 

  • Self-Assessment and Integration 

  • Closing Experience, certificates and Group Photo! 


Meet the Trainers

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Skidmore College
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York


David R. Karp is Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and campus settings and on prison programs preparing inmates for return to the community. He was the recipient of the 2010 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration. David has published more than 100 academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities and Restorative Justice on the College Campus. David is the Principal Investigator of a multi-campus research project on student conduct practices called the STARR Project (Student Accountability and Restorative Research Project). He is also a volunteer mediator and a restorative justice facilitator and trainer. David received a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington.

Toni McMurphy

Infinite Impact

Toni McMurphy is the Founder of Infinite Impact. She recently served as Vice-President of Culture and Campus Life for St. Louis College of Pharmacy for 6 years where she successfully integrated restorative practices in Student Conduct, Bias Incident Response and myriad conflicts on campus. She served on the faculty of the ASCA Gehring Academy in the first ever offering of Conflict Resolution and Bias Incident Response and has presented at multiple national conferences. As an Organizational Development Practitioner for the past 25 years, Toni has trained more than 65,000 people in over 230 organizations. She is an expert in helping people bring out the best in themselves and each other. Toni is a doctoral candidate at Webster University, a certified Diversity Facilitrainer, and is certified to teach Unconscious Bias, Crucial Conversations and MBTI.



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Learning Laboratories
2618 State Highway 7
Bainbridge, New York


Duke Fisher has been a trainer of conflict resolution since 1988. Duke is a straight-talking, tireless advocate for respectful collaborative conflict resolution, and gets his point across through the use of wisecracks, good films and experiential exercises known to encourage groups to have fun, take risks and learn from each other. In 1999, he founded Learning Laboratories, an independent training venture that finds creative ways to address difficult topics, including workshops on restorative justice, family conflict resolution, responding to discrimination, and building collaborative teams to assemble care for a differently-abled child. He has brought powerful workshops to schools, universities, conferences, prisons, agencies, and to graduate students at Hofstra Law School, where Duke was until recently a Special Professor of Law. Duke is the 2007 “Lawrence P. Cooke Peace Innovator Award” recipient recognized for his never ending search for creative methods to support effective learning. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.