Trainings and Resources

Training for Professionals, Organizations and Schools

Peri Stone-Palmquist traning

Rethink Discipline Training

Student Advocacy Center has been helping develop alternative plans to suspension for many years. We have experience working one-on-one with students, parents and schools, as well as helping schools think about improving their policies. We know that one “program” doesn’t cut it when tackling the complex challenge of school discipline. Our training helps people think about the “why” and dig into a whole host of practices (administrative, prevention, intervention, alternatives to suspension) and practical tools.

We customize trainings for each audience, but we can cover topics such as:

  • Overview of the Rethink Discipline
  •  Lesser interventions and alternatives
  • Student rights in school discipline
  • School discipline and homelessness

Trainings are offered on a sliding scale to meet your budget. Contact for more information. 

Our Recommendations for Training



Tana Bridge, PhD, ACTP, CCFP, Trainer and Consultant
Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious

Healing the Inside Child, John Micsak

Children’s Trauma Assessment Center

Phillip Hamberg, Early Childhood and Trauma

Multifaceted Approach Offering New Beginnings Aimed at Recovery, Change, and Hope

Restorative Practices

Handout on Restorative Practices Continuum

Michigan Department of Education’s Resource Page

Mediation Centers around the state may be able to help with training and ongoing implementation.

Neutral Zone offers an interactive, two-day training for schools on restorative practices and helps schools understand how restorative practices can encourage authentic youth voices in schools.

Black Family Development is based in Detroit and is IIRP certified.

Nancy Schertzing is based in Lansing and has extensive experience helping schools implement restorative practices.


Restorative Circle Manual

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Student Advocacy Center’s Anti-Racism Toolkit