Pre & Post Conference

Below are the pre and post conference offerings that occurred during the conference.

Pre-Conference Offerings:
1) Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience – STAR Training offered by Donna Minter & Crixell Shell
Saturday, August 4th – Wednesday, August 8th (Registration Closed)

2) Connection Before Correction – Living Restorative Culture offered by Greg Jansen and Rich Matla ($120)
Wednesday, August 8th, 9AM – 4PM
Embassy Suites at 175 East 10th Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55101

3) Creating a Restorative City offered by Christopher Straker 
Wednesday Morning, August 8th, 9 AM – Noon
Embassy Suites at 175 East 10th Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55101

4) The Diverse Role of Shame In Trauma and Restorative Healing offered by Vick Kelly ($65, lunch included)
Wednesday Afternoon, August 8th, 1 PM – 4PM [lunch starts at noon]
Embassy Suites at 175 East 10th Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55101

The Power of Restorative Conversations: Taking Restorative Justice Practices into Your Workplace and Community offered by Margaret Thorsborne and Lee Rush. Sunday, August 12th.



Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – the STAR Training Saturday, August 4th – Wednesday, August 8th

STAR is a 5 day evidence-based, research and practice supported, multi-cultural training that has a 16 year reputation of national and international success teaching practical productive strategies to transform psychological trauma into nonviolent power. STAR integrates neurobiology, psychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality, setting the stage for authentic reconciliation for individuals and communities. Everyone is welcome and space is limited.

ICPR attendees receive a $100 discount for this STAR Training. Discounted early tuition is $750 before June 23, 2018. Discounted standard tuition is $895. To receive the discounted STAR Training rate, please register here. Optional 27-29 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit are available for Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, and Teachers approved by Minnesota professional licensing boards for an additional $60.

Donna Minter, PhD, LP

Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist,
Forensic Psychology Examiner
Founder and Executive Director
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Certified STAR Trainer

Crixell Shell, MS
Associate Peacebuilding Trainer
Coming to the Table Facilitator
Rule 114 Community Mediator

Connection Before Correction – Living Restorative Culture Wednesday, August 8th

Teaching is a craft that requires great skill, creativity and personal integrity. As teachers and schools seek to meet increasing demands, expectations and challenges, it is vital that we build and sustain strong relationships across our learning communities.

As organizations our school’s often espouse key values. A challenge to reflect on; are these simply displayed on our walls or are they lived out in the way we lead, teach and manage people in our learning communities and grow our restorative culture?

This workshop will explore strategies and techniques that can be used to build healthy connections between individuals and groups and help to invest meaningfully in maintaining these relationships so should issues arise we are draw on that investment. Once repair and reconnection have taken place, what does it mean to sustain healthy learning relationships as we move forward together?

This highly practical, interactive workshop will include opportunities grow your kete (basket of ideas) and will explore how the ‘Connection before Correction’ framework can be used to reflect on personal practice, draw on the experiences of others and to design ongoing learning and growth opportunities for staff groups, teams and individuals.

This workshop has been designed for school leadership, pastoral teams / leaders of learning and individual classroom teachers, who desire to grow, learn and support others in living out a restorative culture.

Greg Jansen and Rich Matla are educational consultants / trainers working with schools and organizations both throughout New Zealand & internationally. They are passionate and committed to the needs of children and young people, the professional growth of educators and the development of healthy cultures within our learning communities. This includes specific skill training for teachers, students and staff groups, developing safe learning communities using the continuum restorative approaches, through to school strategic planning, leadership coaching and development and whole school culture change.

They are passionate about developing the potential and capability in those they works with, sharing strategies that are practical and real. Greg and Rich have worked extensively with New Zealand Ministry of Education supporting them in resource development / training and programme design of a National Restorative Practice work-stream that is currently been rolled out’ to hundreds of schools across New Zealand. They are also heavily involved in supporting schools rebuild and re-store following the devastating earthquakes that hit their home town of Christchurch in 2011. They bring a wealth of experience, both teaching and leading within and beyond mainstream education and are contributing authors of the book Responsive Pedagogy – Engaging Restoratively with Challenging Behavior. Rich and Greg created in 2007 and since then have worked in over a thousand schools, with thousands of teachers, students, principals, administrators, youth workers and parents both within New Zealand and Internationally.
The Restorative City: Working in the Spaces Where the Circles Intersect by Christopher Straker Morning Wednesday, August 8thCANCELLED

Drawing by: Sara Heppner-Waldston, Graphic Recorder,

The United Kingdom (UK) has seen major growth of restorative practices (RP) across schools, social care settings, in children’s services as well as in organizations and across cities. The results have been positive, but as with restorative justice (RJ) in the criminal justice setting, the picture across the country has not been consistent. Christopher Straker believes that it is the job of those involved in restorative work to ensure that RJ/RP continues to develop and that this happens in a principled, value-led way that is guided by safe practice that gives voice to the stories of individuals and communities.

He asserts that a restorative organization or city must take context into account and that “It is not enough to be solely guided by good intentions… success cannot be bought off the shelf.” Christopher Straker will use the UK as a backdrop for participants to explore their own ideas on what a restorative city/organisation means for them. Context is everything and there are some models Chris will use to create the opportunity for dialogue. Is the restorative city concept a move towards a new paradigm or just Emperor’s new clothes?

This workshop explores the concept of right relationships (between professionals and the families they work with) and how best to develop these through explicit dialogue; not only around our areas of agreement, but also our areas of difference.  The workshop will look to see how restorative processes can be used to deepen relationships (within an organisation and across organisations) by an explicit and shared understanding of behaviors and language. Sometimes our best intentions and goals are undermined, consciously or unconsciously, by the methods chosen to achieve them. Ends and means need to be explicitly underpinned by restorative principles. Dialogue is at the heart of establishing restorative communities and the workshop will engage participants by modelling constructs that could be applicable within their own restorative community building.

Pre-Conference: Afternoon Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
The Diverse Role of Shame In Trauma and Restorative Healing

Shame plays a unique role in human behavior and emotion. It is easy to ignore its positive benefits because of the part it plays in feelings of embarrassment, humiliation, rejection, and low self-esteem, as well as the in the creation of pathological responses to acute and chronic trauma. Feeling deeply ashamed is one of the most unpleasant experiences a person can have. At the website, educational specialist David Boulton describes “mind-shame” as learning disabling with serious effects on “how children learn their way into adulthood.”

The advantages of shame, however, have been recorded by a number of authors, including Braithwaite in Crime, Shame and Reintegration; Nathanson in Shame and Pride: Affect, Sex, and the Birth of the Self; and the workshop presenter in two books: The Art of Intimacy and the Hidden Challenge of Shame and with coauthor Mary Lamia in The Upside of Shame: Therapeutic Interventions Using the Positive Aspects of a “Negative” Emotion.
This half-day, interactive workshop will focus on the bio-psycho-social aspects of shame in order to clarify how shame can be both a primary source of harm and low self-esteem AND a primary motivator of learning and restoration of self-esteem and broken relationships. There will be a specific emphasis on the recognition and management of shame-based behaviors.

This workshop is designed for restorative practitioners, no matter what their field. An understanding of shame is critical to the success of restorative processes, and the self- management of facilitators and circle keepers in what are sometimes deeply uncomfortable moments.


Vernon C. Kelly, Jr., M.D. (Vick) is a psychiatrist whose long-time professional interest in the motivational impact of affect and emotion has led to invitations to lecture across the USA and internationally. He has covered a variety of topics, including childhood trauma, the theoretical foundations of restorative justice and other restorative practices, psychotherapeutic interventions, and emotional intimacy. His psychiatric practice has included work with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. He cofounded the Tomkins Institute with Donald L. Nathanson, M.D. in 1991 and is Chairman Emeritus of that organization. He is a member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and a lifetime member of the American Psychiatric Association. He has also served on the Board of Restorative Practices International. He is the author of The Art of Intimacy and the Hidden Challenge of Shame; co-editor with Margaret Thorsborne of The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice; and co-author with Mary Lamia of The Upside of Shame: Therapeutic Interventions Using the Positive Aspects of a “Negative” Emotion.
Post Conference
Full Day: The Power of Restorative Conversations: Taking Restorative Justice Practices into Your Workplace and Community offered by Margaret Thorsborne and Lee Rush. Sunday, August 12thCANCELLED
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Whether we live in specific geographic communities like neighborhoods, are members of groups united by common interests such as churches or sporting clubs, are management or staff in various workplaces, members of a family or volunteer for community organizations, one thing unites us all – our relationships with each other. We need to know that we matter to others and that we belong. Our connections matter. This is universal for all humans. We thrive when those relationships are robust and healthy and suffer deeply when they are not. Using a methodology called A Small Group, (popularized by Peter Block), this workshop will explore essential conversations and issues of connection and will help participants better understand the power of dialogue and restorative conversations to create connections. In addition, we will tackle the issue of how to re-connect after life’s inevitable disconnections occur.

LEE RUSH is the Executive Director of just Community, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Quakertown, PA specializing in training and consultation services in the areas of youth development, community mobilization, student assistance programs and restorative practices. He is a trainer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and has trained extensively throughout urban school districts in the United Sates. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) honored Lee in 2013 as its National Prevention Advocate.

MARG THORSBORNE is a restorative justice consultant with a background in education and counseling. She was a pioneer of and played an important role in the introduction of Restorative Practice into education in Australia and New Zealand. She has since trained conference facilitators in education, police and justice sectors across Australia, New Zealand, Britain, USA, Asia and Canada. She is author/co-author of many books in the field of restorative justice, including Restorative Practice and Special Needs: A Practical Guide to Working Restoratively with Young People, Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools: A Practical Guide to Transforming School Communities, The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice: How Affect Script Psychology Explains How and Why Restorative Practice Works, and The Workplace Conferencing Manual.