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F22- Daniel Thursz Social Justice Lecture: Restorative Approaches in Policy, Programs, and Practice (VIRTUAL)

Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 Category II CEs

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This interdisciplinary panel will describe the history and theory of the contemporary restorative justice (RJ) movement and how restorative approaches and practices have been applied at the community, university, and state levels. Restorative approaches have their origins in the middle eastern, southeast Asia and indigenous practices worldwide, that promote restorative rather than punitive responses to harm. Restorative practices engage those who have been impacted by harm in examining what happened, identifying who was affected, and deciding how to heal the harm as much as possible. Restorative systems aim to create inclusive community environments where all members are respected, and relationships are nurtured and maintained.

Major principles of restorative justice and restorative practices correlate with social work values and practice with individuals and communities. This event will encourage the discussion about the different ways social workers might seek training or become involved in restorative justice practices. 


Professor John Braithwaite

Visiting Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland

Emeritus Distinguished Professor and Founder of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNetat the Australian National University.



Nancy Schertzing, Director of Restorative Approaches and Schools, CDRUM, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Larell Smith-Bacon, Executive Director, Restorative Response Baltimore

Shantay McKinily, Director, Positive School Center

Neijma Celestine-Donnor, Assistant Dean and Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Maryland Baltimore



Inbar Cohen, PhD, MSW, Haruv Institute and CJAE Postdoctoral Fellow



John Braithwaite Related seminars and products

Visiting Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland

Emeritus Distinguished Professor and Founder of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNetat the Australian National University.

Nancy Schertzing's Profile

Nancy Schertzing Related seminars and products

Nancy Schertzing, MS, directs the Restorative Approaches in Education Program for the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (C-DRUM). Her passion for restorative approaches is nurtured from over nearly two decades of facilitating schools-based restorative circles, training thousands of educators and supporting school districts integrate restorative approaches.

The transformation she saw in young lives and learning communities led her to return to her alma mater, Michigan State University, to earn a Master of Science degree. Under the College of Social Sciences, Ms. Schertzing focused on human development courses while also earning a certificate in Community Engagement. Her thesis, A Case Study of Restorative Justice Circle’s Effect on Dynamics Between Directors and Assistant Hall Directors, is a mixed methods analysis of a restorative justice intervention between employees and management in a university’s residence life program.

Ms. Schertzing’s passion drives her to help schools embrace restorative philosophy and practices and harness their healing power for the people they serve. Her role at C-DRUM integrates her experience with her passion for Maryland’s learning communities. Collaborating with the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Judiciary, and various schools within the University of System of Maryland, she loves seeing the transformations here that she saw early in her career.

Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C's Profile

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As the School of Social Work’s first assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Neijma Celestine-Donnor will help lead the school's diversity and anti-oppression efforts and guide the achievement of a new standard for inclusive excellence. As a member of the dean’s executive leadership team, Celestine-Donnor has a strategic position responsible for promoting and enabling an inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff while championing organizational change.

Grounded in pursuing social justice for minority populations and supporting equity in higher education, Celestine-Donnor is an experienced leader focused on providing strategic oversight for protocols, services, and policies related to campus climate. She uses her clinical and conflict resolution skills to provide individual and systemic trauma-informed outreach, advocacy, and support for all. Her extensive experience developing, facilitating, and assessing professional development workshops, training, and programming designed to enhance the intercultural competency of students, faculty, and staff will be a tremendous benefit to the school.

Celestine-Donnor comes to the school from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as director of campus climate support and engagement in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a 2009 graduate of the School of Social Work’s MSW program and previously served as a clinical training instructor and adjunct faculty member at the school. In addition, Celestine-Donnor is studying for a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore.

Inbar Cohen, PhD's Profile

Inbar Cohen, PhD Related seminars and products

Inbar Cohen's research focuses on the interchange between criminal law and mental health, examining the mutual effects the two discourses have on each other, primarily in sexual assault and in prostitution criminal proceedings. Her main scholarship concerns are therapeutic jurisprudence and critical discourse analysis. Her interest in the interchange draws from her 20 years of social work practice in the Israeli Sexual Assault Crisis Centers, ten of them as the head of the Witness Assistance Program, assisting victims throughout criminal proceedings and facilitating courses for prosecutors and judges about sexual assault trauma. In addition, for the past eight years Dr. Cohen has been teaching socio-legal courses in the School of Criminology at the University of Haifa, and in the school of law at the College of management, in Israel.   

Cohen earned her PhD in Criminology at the University of Haifa, Israel. She holds a BSW from the University of Haifa as well and her MA in NGO management and in Criminology (supplemental) is from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In her PhD dissertation, Dr. Cohen examined the interchange between law and mental health focusing on sexual assault criminal cases that require expert testimonies of mental health professionals. Her study revealed a fundamental change in the legal discretion of lawyers, applying therapeutic concerns, which occasionally override legal considerations. 

Cohen is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, on the Israeli prestigious "Haruv" scholarship. She is working with Dr. Corey Shdaimah, furthering her research on the mental health – legal interchange focusing on Prostitution Diversion Programs. In her study, Dr. Cohen examines the effect of punitive goals on court-mandated therapeutic interventions. 

Learning Objectives


Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

1. understand the concept of restorative justice and restorative practices

2. describe some of the ways that restorative approaches have been applied in different settings

3. consider the connection between social work practice and values and restorative justice and restorative practices at the micro, meso, and macro levels

4. identify skills they can acquire to implement in their own practice

5. discuss how restorative practices have been integrated into law and policy in Maryland 


We'd like to thank the following Sponsors: 

Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland (CDRUM)

Community Justice and Equity (CJAE) Initiative


This workshop is free. However there is a $15 fee for CEs. Please hit the "Purchase CEs" button that appears once you add the workshop to your cart. 


There are no refunds or transfers for this event. 

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed