Creative Response to Conflict

Welcome! We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well in these challenging times. The closing of schools due to Covid-19 has changed much of our work but we’ve adapted and are grateful for technology. Because of the restorative and social-emotional learning content and practices of our work, we’ve been able to offer tools and support to our program participants. Whether it’s our re-entry support groups, teachers, or fellow trainers across the globe, our online circles provide a model and opportunities to teach content and build community.

We’ve just begun restorative circles for men in Rockland who are re-entering their communities after incarceration, and in September we will begin circles in Westchester for women in re-entry. We will also start restorative circles in several New York correctional facilities as soon as Covid restrictions are loosened.

In the fall, we will resume Social Media-tors!, our program to help students respond to cyber-bullying and model affirmation. We just completed an online version of the yearly graduate-level conflict resolution class we teach through SUNY New Paltz and a new course on restorative practices we developed for our partnership with Peace Peddlers.

Our monthly International Restorative Circle, focused on sharing ideas and skills in restorative practices with colleagues, is going strong!

We hope you’ll support our work to transform conflict into an opportunity for growth and give more people the much needed skills to restore harm and build community!