This four-week facilitated online course centers on the idea that reconciliation is a critical component at all phases of the conflict cycle. It is not an optional extra or only a possible end-goal in a peacebuilding process. The practice of reconciliation is the relational lubrication that transforms and re-channels violent conflict from a destructive to a constructive force. In this introductory course, reconciliation is embedded in the roots of indigenous practice and trauma healing. The concepts and applications of reconciliation are integrated into transitional and restorative justice, truth commissions, and peace processes.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and discuss multiple definitions and practices of reconciliation worldwide.
  • Identify various indigenous roots and current practices that shape reconciliation today.
  • Explain the connection between trauma healing and reconciliation.
  • Grapple with the complex relationship between justice and reconciliation with a particular focus on the role and function of Transformative and Restorative Justice.
  • Understand how reconciliation has been applied to historical harms and Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in different parts of the world.
  • Integrate reconciliation concepts and practices as support structures for national peace processes and war-to-peace transitions.

Instructor-led Delivery

USIP’s new instructor-led format blends a self-paced curriculum with weekly live, interactive webinars. Enrolled participants will join a group of fellow learners from around the world. Each week will feature a new lesson that includes a real-world case study, a skills-building exercise, and small group discussions. A new course is offered each month and is four weeks in duration. The course is open to the public and is free of charge. Certificates of participation are awarded at the conclusion of the course.


  • Weekly Self-Paced Curriculum: Learn at your own pace and schedule through carefully curated self-guided curriculum and instructional videos.
  • Weekly Live Webinars: Every Friday, a USIP expert will host a country case study, a facilitated exercise, and small group discussions.
  • Group-Based: Join and learn alongside other participants from around the world. 
  • Practical Case Studies: Develop skills through real-world exercises and small group discussions.
  • Certificates: Receive a certificate of participation at the conclusion of a course.

Weekly Webinar Schedule

Join USIP Senior Expert, Dr. Carl Stauffer, for four weeks of live instructor-led webinars covering the following topics:

August 9, 2024 – The Pillars of Reconciliation & Introduction to Restorative Justice, 9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT

August 16, 2024 – Trauma Recovery and the Needs of Victims, Offenders, and the Communities, 9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT

August 23, 2024 – Hybrid Indigenous Approaches to Reconciliation, 9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT

August 30, 2024 – Application of Reconciliation in Transitional Justice Processes, 9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT

Course Instructors