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Transformative Practices in Social Work: Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circles

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November 17, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NYU Silver School of Social Work
1 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003

(Follow up/report-back session will be offered on 1/26/18 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm).


Restorative circles are truly transformative. Within criminal justice efforts, restorative circles are used in sentencing, reentry, and to support individuals on the sex offender registry. Restorative circles are also used extensively in schools to build classroom cohesion, address racism, and reduce suspensions. Child welfare systems in the United States and abroad use restorative circles to plan for family reunification. Restorative circles are also used by organizations to team build, for strategic planning, and to solve disputes.

Restorative circles are valued in many communities around the globe as a way to repair harm caused between two or more parties and/or to build a shared sense of purpose related to common goals. There is a growing movement of social workers and restorative justice practitioners who seek to use restorative methods, rather than traditional clinical methods, by implementing circle processes in schools, community outreach and organizing, and criminal justice practice. Join us to learn how you can use restorative circles to increase dialogue and collective action with clients, families, and communities; make decisions about responsibility and accountability in the workplace; and create a place for trust and shared wisdom.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to: 
  • Connect the history of restorative practices to social work best practices
  • Explain the value and purpose for utilizing circles to repair harm
  • Plan and facilitate a restorative circle
  • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the circle process



Vivianne Guevara, LMSW

Vivianne Guevara is the Director of Client and Mitigation Services at the Federal Defenders of New York in the Eastern District. Prior to joining The Federal Defenders, Vivianne was an Investigator and Social Worker at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, where she supported litigation that challenged conditions in juvenile and adult jails and prisons in Georgia and Alabama, the provision of indigent defense in Georgia, and the proliferation of debtor’s prisons in Georgia. She also worked with clients individually to reduce the impact of the collateral consequences that resulted from civil and criminal court involvement. Vivianne began working in public defense as a Social Worker at the Bronx Defenders, where she worked with clients charged in domestic violence and mental health courts.

While working towards her Master’s Degree in Social Work, Vivianne was an Outreach Specialist at The Bowery Residents’ Committee where she worked one-on-one with persistently homeless individuals on the streets and in the subways of New York City. She interned at the Dr. Susan McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn and worked on case management and discharge planning with clients suffering through long-term dementia, terminal illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, and short-term rehabilitation.  Vivianne is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

Vivianne holds a certificate in Restorative Justice and Restorative Circles and received training from Kay Pranis, Planning Change, and the International Institute in Restorative Practices. She facilitates circles for her clients, fellow staff, non-profit organizations and community members.


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Attendance Fees

General Admission: $200.00
NYU Faculty & Staff: $150.00
NYU Silver Alumni (Graduate and Undergraduate degrees): $150.00
NYU Silver Post-Masters Certificate Program Alumni: $187.20
NYU Silver Current Field Instructors: $150.00
NYU Silver Retired Full Time Faculty: $150.00
NYU Silver Current Students: $100.00
Non-NYU Silver Current MSW and PhD Students: $133.33
3+ from one agency: $150.00/each
Veterans: $100.00

Continuing Education Contact Hours

NYSED & ACE Approved for 7 Continuing Education contact hours.

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.
NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 7 continuing education clock hours.
New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.
For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

Cancellations and Refunds

In the event that after registering, you determine that you can no longer attend this event, The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning offers refunds on the following basis:

Refund requests made on or before November 9 (by midnight): full refund
Refund requests made on or before November 15 (by midnight): 50% refund
Refund requests made on or after November 16: no refund

In the instance of event cancellation, all registrants will be fully reimbursed.

If you can no longer attend this event and wish to be reimbursed, please complete the form located here.


Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to

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For information on our Grievance Policy, please click here. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.

Contact Us

NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
1 Washington Square North, G08
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5973
Fax: 212-995-4497