Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Restorative Practices and Social Emotional Learning: A Transformative Approach to School Discipline

Restorative Schools Vision Project

Presents a Workshop on
 Restorative Practices and Social Emotional Learning:
A Transformative Approach to School Discipline
* August 16 & 17, 2012, in Sacramento, CA *

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This 2-day interactive workshop will introduce participants to Restorative Narrative Practices and Social Emotional Learning, focusing on the success of these alternative approaches in school discipline.   We will discuss the applications of these practices in the context of Suspensions and Disparate Minority Impact, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Mental Health and School Climate, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, and Mediation. Other topics include Bullying Prevention and Response, Gender Issues, Circle Power, Human Rights, Neuroscience and Child Development.
RESTORATIVE SCHOOLS VISION PROJECT (RSVP): We are a Human Rights non-profit dedicated to achieving education equality by ending harsh punishment and the school-to-prison-pipeline. We believe that to achieve this goal we must replace zero tolerance based discipline with educating the whole child using restorative practices based on social emotional learning. Administrators, teachers, and other adults in the school community can learn how to create a positive school climate.  
THE TRAINERS:The workshop will be led by four main facilitators.
  • David Nylund, LCSW, PhD---David is Professor of Social Work at CSUS and Clinical Director of the Gender Health Center, a nonprofit counseling agency serving the LGBTQ community. He has authored many publications and books including “Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Treating Kids Diagnosed With ADD/ADHD.” 
  • Stella Connell Levy, JD--Stella is the founder and president of RSVP. She has extensive experience in peace, human rights, and social justice work with special concern for children and youth.  Stella has worked for several years to bring Social Emotional Learning into the classroom and has facilitated many workshops in Restorative Narrative Practices.
  • Lisa Bertaccini, LCSW---Lisa has over 25 years of community mental health as both a clinician and a manager. She teaches Ethics and Client Rights at American River College. Lisa is committed to social justice and fostering positive, collaborative partnerships across diverse populations and programs. She also serves on RSVP’s Advisory Board.
  • Richard Jaffee Cohen, JD---As a law professor in New Zealand, Richard participated in development of Narrative Mediation. As a mediator, Richard has conducted over 1,000 mediations. He has taught Mediation, Family Law, Negotiations and Restorative Justice to law students, teachers, and collaborative professionals. Richard serves on the RSVP’s Board and the Working Group of Dignity in Schools Campaign.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: This training is approved for 14 hours of Continuing Education to Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Social Workers (LCSW) by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE 3609). MCLE credits for attorneys are pending.  All participants will receive a Certification of Completion of 14 hours of Restorative Practices Training.                                            
COST: The cost of the training is $200, which can be paid by check or credit card.  The cost includes course materials and continental breakfasts.
LOCATION: The training will take place at 1414 K Street, Suite 500, Sacramento 95814. Thank you to The California Endowment for providing our venue.
DATES & TIME: Thursday August 16, and Friday August 17, 2012. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:30 am.  Each day’s sessions begin promptly at 9 am and end at 4:45 pm, with two 15-minute breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: In order to give everyone a participatory experience, the number of places available will be limited to approximately 35.
The first 8 people to register will receive a book or a pie!

For more information and to receive the registration form, lease call Richard at916-213-5089 or email Stella at 

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