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Introduction to Restorative Practices: Becoming a Restorative School Psychologist

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Introduction to Restorative Practices: Becoming a Restorative School Psychologist

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Time: 1:30 PM

Presenter: Amanda Montani, M.A., Psy.S.

Description:  Restorative practices is a philosophy encompassing restorative justice, an alternative approach to repairing harm between two or more parties. Differing from traditional punitive methods such as suspension and expulsion, restorative practices in schools offers not only a more teachable approach to discipline, but a continuum of methods to build community. This workshop will arm participants with an introduction to the founding concepts of restorative practices. Participating in a restorative circle to create an experiential learning opportunity, school psychologists will engage with one another to discuss how restorative practices can work practically with staff, students, and families. Consideration for cultural implications, working with students with special needs, and managing time demands will be encouraged in this collaborative group forum. We will promote a goal of all members leaving the session with a plan for next steps towards a more meaningful, restorative practice. This session will help participants: • Understand the principles of restorative practices as a philosophy • Learn proactive and responsive strategies for building community in schools • Problem solve with colleagues around realistic ways to build new strategies into practice

Presenter: Amanda Montani, M.A., Psy.S.

Amanda Montani is currently working as a school psychologist in Allentown School District. A graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, she spent the early part of her career in DC Public Schools with a more unique role as a school psychologist. Focusing on conflict resolution and behavior support for students, she became interested in restorative justice. After moving to New Jersey with her growing family in 2012, she began to pursue a graduate certificate in Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) while working as a school psychologist at the Morris County Vocational Technical School District. During that time, she became a member of NJASP and a participant of the Diversity Committee. Finding the concepts of Restorative Practices immediately applicable as a school psychologist, Amanda pursued the Trainer of Trainers certificate from the IIRP. In 2016, she and her still growing family moved to Allentown, PA where they currently reside. She is looking forward to continuing to provide future professional develop on the topic while putting the training into action with students, families, and educators. 
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