Academic Overview

CJP offers a Graduate Certificate in restorative justice and an M.A. in Conflict Transformation with a specialization in restorative justice. Our mission is to train and educate reflective practitioners, with a focus on personal and social transformation.

Here are some of the distinctive characteristics of Restorative Justice (RJ) at CJP:

  • RJ is grounded in the larger field of social justice, healing and peacebuilding. This provides broad theoretical orientations and tools for analysis and practice that have wide application including not only criminal justice or schools contexts but many others as well. Although many RJ graduates work in RJ-related fields, graduates employed in other areas report that they frequently use RJ principles and practices in their work.
  • CJP’s primary orientation is toward working at grassroots and community leadership levels. Our RJ focus, then, is especially on community-based efforts with the belief that restorative justice can be a catalyst for empowering and strengthening communities.
  • RJ includes critique and applications at an international level, especially as it relates to transitional justice and post-war reconstruction processes.
  • Education and training is oriented toward practice and applications. Therefore, classroom teaching utilizes real-world case studies and applications, and instructors are required to be practitioners as well as academics.
  • Several RJ courses are offered in a 7-day format in May and June during our Summer Peacebuilding Institute. These can be taken as training or for academic credit.
  • Because trauma is a dynamic in many experiences of conflict and injustice, trauma courses are part of the curriculum. Restorative justice as a response to trauma is explored in another CJP program, STAR – Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, which offers 2-5 day seminars.
  • As an internationally-diverse community, CJP provides opportunities to learn from and connect with practitioners with similar interests and concerns from many contexts.

We are also exploring the possibility of offering a Master’s in Restorative Justice. If you are interested in learning more, please us.

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