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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Training School Professionals & Mental Health Professionals
in counseling and trauma-informed care for a multicultural society

Justine Darling, M.A.


Darling received a BA in Psychology from the University of San Diego and graduated from a Masters in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego in 2011, with an emphasis in conflict resolution. She is currently a doctoral student in Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University's Joint Doctoral Program in Education. She also teaches restorative workshops and classes as a Weber Honors Faculty Fellow at SDSU and as a lecturer in the MA in Peace and Justice Studies program at USD.

Research & Teaching Interests:

Theories of conflict resolution and restorative justice practices; Trauma-informed care, Emotional intelligence in schools; Multicultural Education; Professional cultural proficiency in schools; School to prison pipeline; Creating restorative communities through effective communication.

Other Professional Activities:

Darling is the Restorative Practices Coordinator for the National Conflict Resolution Center and supports school districts in transforming campus cultures and discipline practices to be more restorative and trauma informed. She is also an Anti-Defamation League facilitator, empowering communities to identify biases and work towards equality and justice for all.

Recent Selected Professional Presentations:

Darling, J. (December, 2015). Restorative Practices and Justice in Schools. Presentation for San Diego Human Relations Commission.

Darling, J. (July, 2014). How to incorporate restorative circles into schools, communities, and organizations. Facilitated day long pre-conference at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference: Courageous Presence- Shifting Stories and Practices of Peace.

Darling, J. (December, 2013). Impact of Restorative Practices in U.S. K-12 Schools. Presentation at International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Gisborne, New Zealand

Darling, J. (January, 2012). The role of restorative justice in healing the wounds of Uganda. Speaker at School for International Training (SIT) Symposium, Kigali, Rwanda.

Recent Selected Publications:

Darling, J., Horrigan, S. (2012). “A Dynamic Peacemaking Method: Restorative Circles.” Education In Action: Experiential Learning in Higher Education. Ed. Forbes, D., Lin, J., Losh, E.

Hamlin, J.B., and Darling, J. (2012). “Peace Circle use in Large Scale Community Conflict: A Case Study.” Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Vol. 29, 4, Summer 2012.

Personal Interests:

Specializations in facilitating restorative circles to provide spaces of reconciliation and healing for those impacted by harm; identifying and applying effective communication techniques to build strong and lasting relationships; addressing the school to prison pipeline to keep youth in school by creating support plans that address the needs of youth, families, and the communities they live in.


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