RJ Trainings - Summer

Restorative Practices (RP) are a set of diverse ideas and approaches used to build healthy communities, improve school climate, repair harm and restore relationships. These practices - Affective Statements, Restorative Questions, Proactive Circles, Reactive Circles, and Restorative Conferencing - range from whole school strategies to specific intervention techniques.
Our Summer 2020 trainings have moved to online Zoom conversations.

Restorative Practices in Schools Overview - Zoom Training

Option 1: Thursday, June 18 | 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Option 2: Thursday, June 18 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Intro to Circle Process - Zoom Training

Option 1: Wednesday, June 10, 17, 24 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Option 2: Wednesday, June 10, 17, 24 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Option 3: Tuesday, June 9, 16, 23 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Register today online

RJ Trainings - Fall

Mark your calendars for these important upcoming trainings.

Restorative Interventions for Responding to Student Conflict and Bullying

3-Day Training

Training will be held in both Fargo and Bismarck in the fall of 2020.

More information and training dates to come.

Restorative Justice for College Campuses - Introductory Training

2- Day Training

Tentative - September 21 - 22 (Bismarck)

Tentative - September 23-24 (Fargo)

More information and training dates to come.

For more information or to placed on a mailing list for updates regarding these trainings,

contact Kelli Adams at KelliA@lssnd.org or (218) 791-6380

Program Leaders


Joel Friesz is the Director of Youth Interventions for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. Joel has worked in the field of Restorative Justice since 2005 and instantly felt a connection and passion for restorative processes. Joel and his team work with communities across North Dakota to implement restorative practices into schools, the juvenile justice system, adult corrections, placement facilities, and other community entities. In recent years, Joel has conducted trainings in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Canada.  Joel currently serves on the North Dakota Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group, a position he has held since 2013. In 2016, Joel completed the Reducing Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program at Georgetown University. Joel is a nationally certified Green Dot Bystander Intervention Community Instructor for reducing power-based personal violence. In June 2017, Joel was elected to the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) Leadership Team.  Joel holds a Master’s degree from University of Mary in Strategic Leadership.


Kelli Adams works as a Restorative Practices in Schools Team Lead for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. Kelli was a Middle School Educator for 33 years who “rewired” to continue working with youth and educators using both restorative justice and the circle process through her role with Lutheran Social Services.  Additionally, Kelli is a certified trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP).  Kelli earned both her bachelor and Master’s degrees from University of North Dakota and has taught at the elementary, middle, and college levels.


“Wonderful training & trainers. I can’t wait to try this out to help resolve conflicts.”

“This was so beneficial. I wish it lasted longer!”

“It really changed my thinking of how to talk & listen to students.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this training & found it to be extremely useful.”

“This was one of the best trainings I have ever attended.  All of the information was relevant and able to be
applied to a variety of situations.”