Restorative Approaches for Social Workers: Strategies & Processes
Social workers are rarely trained in conflict resolution, including restorative approaches, though their work regularly involves navigating conflict-heavy scenarios and environments across practice areas and levels of practice (micro, mezzo, and macro).
Though “restorative justice”, an alternative response to conflict and crime (Zehr), is increasingly used in contexts in which social workers practice, such as schools and criminal legal settings, there are very few educational opportunities for social work practitioners to learn about and use restorative approaches.
This interactive two-hour workshop will provide social workers with a broad overview of restorative approaches, with an emphasis on learning history, values, and processes, as well as learning and practicing specific restorative skills across practice needs. Formal methods, such as conferencing and circles, as well as informal methods, such as restorative language for practice, will be covered. Emergent areas of restorative practice, including in organizational and family settings, will be discussed.
Participants will be able to:
- Increase knowledge of restorative approaches, including history, values, and processes.
- Increase ability to use restorative communication and other restorative approaches across social work contexts and roles.
- $75 – Registration Fee
- $55 – Alumni, Field Instructor, FFL, Adjunct Rate
- $35 – Veterans Rate/AUSSW Students
Dr. Jacoba Rock
Dr. Jacoba Rock (she/they) is a Social Work faculty member at Boise State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, with a doctoral minor in Criminology, from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Rock received her M.S.W. from the University of Denver, where she also earned a graduate certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also received an undergraduate certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Dr. Rock’s primary experience as a forensic social work practitioner and scholar focuses on needs, strengths, pathways, and treatment opportunities with incarcerated juveniles and young adults. She has provided assessment, consultation, and testimony as a legal expert on over 50 cases of juvenile life without parole and other cases of juvenile sentencing in adult court, as well as a small number of death penalty cases, and supervised many social workers and social work interns in these capacities. Dr. Rock is also a leader in state- and national-level policy initiatives and program development opportunities that initiate or enhance trauma-informed care, mental health service access, family involvement, and re-entry opportunities for incarcerated and system-involved populations. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Rock has also held positions as a group treatment provider for young adults with substance-related violations, individual and group provider in a state youth corrections system, counselor in a juvenile diversion program, and program coordinator for two restorative justice programs (one based in a police department, and another based in a university student conduct office), as well as previously holding assessment specialist and caseworker roles in the child welfare system.
Dr. Rock is also invested in progressing social work education and continuing education through a focus on equity, innovation, and collaboration. She is an advocate for making a social work degree accessible and optimally valuable for both practitioners and the community. Dr. Rock teaches across the social work practice, policy, and research curriculum, and has taught at B.S.W., M.S.W., and D.S.W. levels since 2012, including for Boise State University and Simmons University (current), and the University of Denver and Juniata College (prior).
Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:
- Social Workers
- CASAC Renewal upon approval
- APA Psychology
- NYSED Psychology
Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.
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