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Training 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 11-13, 2018 
9:00-5:00pm each day

Chestnut Hill College
Chateau at Sugarloaf

Registration Fee: 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 colleges and universities.
Participants must cover their own travel/accommodation expenses.
There will be a limit to the number of participants from any one campus to ensure widespread participation.

Email David Karp at


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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 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 strengthening interest, commitment, and implementation of restorative practices on their campuses. 

Meet the Trainers

Desirée Anderson


Director, Intercultural Center
Saint Mary’s College of California

Desirée Anderson was born in San Diego, California. Before coming to serve as the Director of the Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC) she served as the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University in New Orleans for six years. In addition to working at SMC she is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans studying the use of campus-based restorative justice approaches as a response to racially motivated bias incidents which she plans to defend in Spring 2018. In her free time she enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and watching an unnecessary amount of TV.

Sean Horrigan


Director of University Centers and Staff Development
University of San Diego

Sean Horrigan has been a university administrator and leadership educator for over 15 years.  He currently serves as the Director of University Centers and Staff Development at the University of San Diego.  In 2011, Dr. Horrigan founded the restorative justice program at USD and began to integrate restorative practices into the student conduct program, eventually expanding into other areas of Student Affairs including residential life, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, as a response to critical campus incidents.  He also serves as a Lecturer in USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is a Core Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Business and Management at National University, teaching courses in leadership, group dynamics, and adult development.  In his work he engages in opportunities to promote reflection, meaning-making, and values clarification for students who are struggling with the difficult choices and big questions presented by the college experience.  He earned his Ph.D. and masters in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

David R. Karp

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Professor of Sociology
Skidmore College  

David Karp is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His current scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. He was the recipient of the 2010 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration for his work on campus restorative justice. David has published more than 100 academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities (2013), Wounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-Based Perspectives on the Death Penalty (2006), and The Community Justice Ideal (1999). David is on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Director of the Program in Law and Society. 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.

Sheila M. McMahon


Assistant Professor of Social Work
Barry University

Sheila M. McMahon, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor at the Barry University School of Social Work in Miami, FL. Her research focuses on the impact of the campus environment on student outcomes in two areas: primary prevention of sexual assault on college campuses and strategies to improve the implicit curriculum in social work education, particularly for students of diverse backgrounds. In addition, her work explores the use of restorative justice practices in incidents involving sexual assault. Prior to beginning her professorship at Barry, she served as the inaugural Director for Sexual Assault Services and at Brandeis University and is a licensed social work practitioner in Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, an MSW and a PhD from the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she was trained as a research assistant at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).

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!