Become a Restorative Justice Leader by Developing Skills to Put Into Practice

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Restorative justice is a global social movement with growth in a variety of settings including K-12 schools, higher education institutions, workplaces, community organizations, and criminal justice agencies. There is a growing need for skilled practitioners who understand the philosophical underpinnings of restorative justice, its varied applications, and self-reflective, nuanced practice. The certificate combines an academic understanding of restorative justice with experiential learning to ensure skillful facilitation.

This three-course certificate provides a comprehensive introduction to restorative justice facilitation and leadership through both online coursework and a skill-building intensive workshop held at the University of San Diego's campus*. 

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions and not knowing how long this will continue, after careful consideration, the skill-building intensive workshop originally scheduled for January at the University, will now be offered in a fully online format with synchronous meetings/asynchronous activities and new dates in January/February 2021.

The Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership Certificate is offered by the USD Center for Restorative Justice, housed in the Leadership Studies Department in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and facilitated by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. The certificate is designed for professional practice with the goal of building a new generation of restorative justice leaders.

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Who Should Attend

This certificate program is for people wishing to deepen their understanding of restorative justice, become skillful restorative facilitators, and lead efforts to implement Restorative Justice programs and policies.  This includes K-12 educators, and those working for higher education institutions, workplaces, community organizations, and criminal justice agencies. There is a growing need for skilled practitioners who understand the philosophical underpinnings of restorative justice, its varied applications, and self-reflective, nuanced practice.

The courses in this certificate program receive graduate level extension credits from the University of San Diego.  These credits are designed for professional growth and salary advancement (if applicable) and are not accepted toward a degree program at the University of San Diego.  If you are interested in taking graduate level courses in Restorative Justice to be applied toward a USD degree program, please contact USD's Center for Restorative Justice for more information.

Schedule and Fees

Course # Courses (9 units) Duration SP SU FA Fee
EDU-X785R Introduction to Restorative Justice: A Global Social Movement
(3 units)

7 weeks

OFD
 
OFD
 
OFD
 

$975

EDU-X786R Restorative Justice Facilitation and Skill-Building Intensive
(3 units)

5 days
(Wed - Sun)
in Classroom format/
5 weeks in OFD
format


OFD
 

C
 

C
 
$975
EDU-X787R Restorative Justice Practicum
(3 units)

14 weeks


OFD
 

OFD
 

OFD
 
$975
One Time Certificate Fee $45
Total Certificate Cost $2,970
 
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced  *Schedule and fees subject to change

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Program Details

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership. The certificate can be completed in less than 9 months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete 3 required courses, EDU-X785R, EDU-X786R and EDU-X787R (total of 9 units)

Enroll in this certificate program, by enrolling in the first course, EDU-X785R, offered each semester, to earn graduate level extension credits. Online courses (EDU-X785R and EDU-X786R) are typically scheduled each semester. EDU-X786R is a one week intensive face-to-face workshop that spans five days, held at the University of San Diego campus typically in the Spring.*

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions and not knowing how long this will continue, after careful consideration, the skill-building intensive workshop originally scheduled for January at the University, will now be offered in a fully online format with synchronous meetings/asynchronous activities and new dates in January/February 2021.
  • Understand the philosophy and practice of restorative justice from an ethical and philosophical consideration of the goals and consequences of various approaches to punishment
  • Distinguish various applications of restorative justice from a cross-cultural perspective
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the research on restorative justice including the criteria used for assessment of restorative programs
  • Assess the strategies and effectiveness of restorative justice implementation through critical assessment of grassroots (bottom-up) and administrative (top-down) initiatives
  • Understand the relationship between theory and practice of restorative justice
  • Distinguish and apply various restorative practices, especially circles and conferencing
  • Demonstrate competence in restorative process from pre-dialogue preparation to dialogue facilitation to post-dialogue mentoring and support
  • Develop strong commitment to facilitation self-reflection and co-facilitator debriefing and support for ongoing skill development
  • Create a community of practice for continued learning
  • Practice the tenets of restorative leadership and consider one’s role with the larger restorative justice movement

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