Restorative Practices for University Residence Halls
Cultivating a more connected and caring community.
This course will prepare you to implement restorative practices in your residence hall. Universities around the world are using restorative practices to foster meaningful relationships, encourage accountability, improve communication, and encourage feelings of connection and belonging that allow students to thrive.
This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to be a leader of restorative practices implementation in your institution.
Understand and describe the Restorative Philosophy and how it differs from punitive approaches.
Facilitate a Connection Circle to build relationships in your community. The circle supports the development of interpersonal skills, promotes cultural awareness, and contributes to a safe and healthy living and learning environment.
Facilitate a Circle for Establishing Group Norms, providing students with the opportunity to co-create their hall environment and encouraging ownership of community guidelines.
Facilitate a Circle to Respond to a Community Conflict or Trauma, providing a space for healing and resolution following a difficult community experience.
Hold a Restorative Conversation to address a conflict or behavior issue. Participants will learn how to ask effective questions, maintain a focus on impacts and repair, and resolve conflict and misbehavior in a way that honors and strengthens relationships.
Join an international community of professionals transforming their residence halls through restorative practices.
Welcome to the Course
Meet Your Instructor, Dr. Lindsey Pointer
Introduction: The Restorative Lens
Assignment: Apply the Retributive Questions
Applying the Retributive Questions
Assignment: Apply the Restorative Questions
Applying the Restorative Questions
"Taking the focus away from punishment to repair the harm." - Nicole Chelmis
Expanding Applications of Restorative Practices
Apply the Restorative Questions to an Issue in Your Life
“There has been a massive shift in terms of how we influence our students' behavior.” - Ryan Meachen
Introduction: What is a Restorative Community?
Reflect on your Community
"I really believe in Trickle-Down Culture." - Ryan Meachen
Article: Building a Restorative University
"The more we know each other, the less likely we are to cause harm." - Nicole Chelmis
Understanding the Term "Restorative Practices"
Quiz: Which Restorative Practice is the Best Fit?
Introduction: Why Residence Halls?
Reflect on Your Experience
"Our most important asset is our relationships." - Ryan Meachen
Article: Restorative Practices in Residence Halls at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
"What they want more than anything is to feel they belong." -Jamie-lee Costa
Introduction: Circles for Building Relationships
PDF Circle Guide and Example Circle Questions
Elements of the Circle Process
Selecting a Talking Piece
Finding your Talking Piece
Example Talking Pieces
"It helps you understand where they're coming from." - Nicole Chelmis
Why use Circles to Build Relationships?
How the Circle Impacts Community
“We use circles for everything.” - Jamie-lee Costa
Insights from Google's “Project Aristotle"
“There have been some RAs that are reluctant.” - Ryan Meachen
Assignment: Design a Circle for Building Relationships
Introduction: Circles for Establishing Group Norms
Establishing Group Norms Circle Guide
“Probably the most important tool we have for establishing culture in the hall.” - Ryan Meachen
An RA's Experience
"If you set the rule, you're more likely to stick to it." - Nicole Chelmis
Case Study: Circle for Establishing Group Norms with Returner RAs
“What do you need for this to feel like home?” -Jamie-lee Costa
"We re-visit it every six weeks." - Nicole Chelmis
Assignment: Design a Circle for Establishing Group Norms
Introduction: Circles for Responding to a Community Trauma
Responding to a Community Trauma Circle Guide
Reflect: Possible Applications
Case Study: Responding to a Community Trauma
“We have creatively used Restorative Practices to hopefully make a wider shift in university culture.” - Ryan Meachen
Article: Sustained Restorative Dialogue
Assignment: Design a Circle to Respond to a Community Trauma
Introduction: Circles for Responding to a Group Behavior
Group Behavior Circle Guide
Example Circle: The Rowdy Group
How to Design a Circle
Circle Design Guide and Worksheet PDF
Example Circle: The Messy Apartment
“The energy in the room completely changed.” – Ryan Meachen
Assignment: Design a Circle to Respond to a Group Behavior
Introduction: Restorative Conversation
The Social Discipline Window
Social Discipline Window Quiz
“This is my expectation; this is your support to get there.” - Jamie-lee Costa
Restorative Conversation Planning Worksheet
Open-Ended Questions Activity
“It gives people the capacity to still be in the driver’s seat.” – Ryan Meachen
Assignment: Plan a Restorative Conversation
A Benefit of the Restorative Conversation Model
Introduction: Implementation Planning
"It works on all levels." - Nicole Chelmis
Reflect: How will you implement at all levels?
“It takes time.” - Jamie-lee Costa
Reflect: What support do you need?
Revisiting the Restorative Community Triangle
I truly enjoyed this class and the way it made me rethink my approach to leadership roles. Lindsey was amazing and I appreciated her calm demeanor.
I truly enjoyed this class and the way it made me rethink my approach to leadership roles. Lindsey was amazing and I appreciated her calm demeanor.Read Less
It is literally one of the best courses I have ever taken.
It is literally one of the best courses I have ever taken.Read Less
Lindsey has done a great job organizing a course in Restorative Practices for University Residence Halls! It was wonderful to have some of my student staff i...Read More
Lindsey has done a great job organizing a course in Restorative Practices for University Residence Halls! It was wonderful to have some of my student staff in the course with me as a preview for them about some of the practices we plan to implement in our Residence Halls. The different circle outlines were especially helpful, and Lindsey is an excellent instructor. It was a great balance of work outside of class and hands on practice when we were together.Read Less
The course was super helpful. I already knew a good amount about restorative practices, but it was a great course to really refresh my memory and dive deeper...Read More
The course was super helpful. I already knew a good amount about restorative practices, but it was a great course to really refresh my memory and dive deeper in my skills. I loved the videos and testimonies provided by all the different people.Read Less
Through asynchronous content and interactive group sessions Lindsey Pointer guides members through the course skillfully and full of intent. Lindsey holds he...Read More
Through asynchronous content and interactive group sessions Lindsey Pointer guides members through the course skillfully and full of intent. Lindsey holds herself both very professionally and approachable as she navigates online learning. She easy laughs with us and redirects conversation as needed. Lindsey was always available by email for questions and gave constructive feedback on assignments. With short readings and assignments that are completed individually, we were able to cover a lot of content, and put it into practice during group sessions. Although I knew little about circle processes before this class I am now fully convinced that they are one of the most effective ways to bring understanding and change to group or personal behaviors. And I now have a community to walk along side me as I start to put restorative practices in action! I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in an introduction to restorative practices. Even if you are not directly invested in Residence life on University Campuses, these tools can easily be applied to any personal or professional role.Read Less
This class has helped me to see things from a different perspective. It has helped me to focus on how to repair what was broken due to different circumstance...Read More
This class has helped me to see things from a different perspective. It has helped me to focus on how to repair what was broken due to different circumstances. It allowed me to focus on the need that led to people's misconduct or misbehavior.Read Less
Begin building, maintaining, and repairing strong relationships in your community though Restorative Practices.
The online modules include approximately 8-10 hours of case studies, expert interviews, videos, articles, and experiential learning activities. Work through the course at your own pace and receive regular feedback by email. I also offer a range of training packages for university residence life groups that combine the asynchronous training modules with live Zoom classes that include additional learning activities, skills practice, and discussion. This increases the time commitment to 16-24 hours and results in a deeper level of understanding and confidence when implementing the practices. Please be in touch to discuss which package would be the best fit for your community.
The best way to take this course is with a group of your colleagues. Restorative practices implementation at universities is more successful when there is a community of practice. I offer a range of training packages for university residence life groups that combine the asynchronous training modules with live Zoom classes that include additional learning activities, skills practice, and discussion. Please be in touch to discuss which package would be the best fit for your community. Email LindseyCPointer@gmail.com for more information.
This course will prepare you to be a leader of restorative practices implementation in residence halls. You will familiarize yourself with the restorative philosophy and will learn how to hold a restorative conversation and how to facilitate a circle process, which is used to build relationships, establish norms, hold important community conversations, and respond to community traumas and behavior issues. You will also be introduced to the restorative justice process and will work with an example case study to better understand how it differs from punitive responses. However, you will not learn the specific skills and process needed to facilitate a restorative justice conference as a response to a crime or incident of misconduct. If you would like to take that next step through in-person training, please be in touch.
Yes, absolutely! While most of the people in the course are part of university cohorts, this training is a great professional development opportunity for individuals as well. Please reach out if you are interested in registering for the course as an individual.