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From Dream to Reality: Dawning of a New Social Science

The IIRP Europe Conference will be held on 10-12 June 2015 in Budapest, Hungary with the overarching theme "From Dream to Reality: Dawning of a New Social Science." Dozens of practitioners will present 50-minute sessions examining the impact restorative practices is having in various fields.

Confirmed speakers include:

John Bailie (United States) has guided restorative practices training and implementation in hundreds of schools, including some of the most challenging urban schools in America. John is an associate professor and president-elect for the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Terry O’Connell (Australia) developed the first restorative conference process, authoring what have become known around the world as the “restorative questions.” A former police officer, O’Connell continues to refine restorative practice, now focusing on helping people asking the right questions to foster the right conversations. He is the director of Real Justice Australia.

Maria Herczog (Hungary) is a lecturer, researcher and child advocate who brought restorative conferencing and family group conferencing to Hungary in 2000. She serves on the UN Committee on the Convention of the Rights of the Child and as president of Eurochild.

Vidia Negrea (Hungary) has been working for a decade and a half on implementing restorative practices in Hungary — in schools, children’s homes, with victims and more recently in prisons. She is now IIRP’s director for Central and Eastern Europe.

Robert van Pagée (Netherlands) is the founder of Eigen Kracht Centrale in the Netherlands, the agency that has achieved the most successful implementation of family group conferencing in the world. Having convened more than 10,000 family group conferences in the Netherlands, Eigen Kracht is now bringing FGC to the Czech Republic

Bruce Schenk (Canada), former chaplain in a residential youth facility, was a leader in bringing restorative conferencing to Canada. He now serves as director of IIRP Canada. Having done extensive training in schools and other youth-serving agencies, Schenk has pioneered the use of restorative practices in faith communities and workplaces.

Ted Wachtel (United States) founded the IIRP Graduate School and in doing so achieved the first formal recognition of this new social science as a discipline worthy of graduate study. During his presidency, the IIRP has become the international leader in restorative practices training and advocacy.


Post-Graduate Education: This conference can be taken for graduate credit as part of the IIRP's unique hybrid learning model. With the addition of readings and interactive online coursework, you can delve deeper into these sessions with our faculty and participate in our post-graduate-level curriculum.


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Date: 
10-12 June 2015
Host Organisation: 
International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School (IIRP)
Location: 
Budapest, Hungary