Webinar- Using Restorative Practices to Prevent and Respond to Bullying
This webinar will explore the using of “restorative practices” to both prevent and if needed to respond to bullying behaviors. Preventing bullying incidents from occurring in the first place is a primary concern, however what is the best course to take after bullying incidents occur? One such response may be a formal restorative justice conference. This process could include a face-to-face meeting between all participants. Also an overview will be provided on using other restorative practices throughout an entire school district to build a sense of community among all parties.
Lee Rush, M.Ed. is the Executive Director of justCommunity, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Quakertown, PA. that provides training and consultation services to communities, schools and organizations in the area of youth development, community mobilization strategies, student assistance programs and restorative practices. Lee is also an instructor and consultant with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), the world’s first graduate school dedicated solely to Restorative Practices. Previously Lee has served as the Executive Director of the National Student Assistance Association (NSAA) and also as the Director of Human Resources for LifeQuest, a mid-sized healthcare services corporation. His direct experience with adolescents was in various positions as an administrator, counselor and teacher in a private school and day-treatment setting.
Lee was certified as a national field representative for the New Games Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that provided trainings and seminars throughout the country on cooperative play and community building. In 2013, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) honored Lee as its National Prevention Advocate. CADCA is the country’s largest advocacy group working on behalf of over 5,000 members to prevent substance abuse. Lee graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned an undergraduate degree (BA) in Criminology. He completed his graduate work (M.Ed.) in education at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, specializing in organizational dynamics, group processes and adult learning.