Expert on community conflict prevention, resolution to speak at Auburn University

AUBURN – Author Ted Wachtel, an internationally recognized expert on community conflict prevention and resolution, will present a public lecture on the subject at Auburn at noon Thursday, April 12, in the University Student Center, room 2222.

Wachtel is widely known as the co-author of “Toughlove” and “Toughlove Solutions,” books that helped communities nationwide implement prevention-centered approaches to reducing juvenile delinquency in the 1980s.

In the mid-1990s, Wachtel expanded his focus beyond the criminal justice system to address broader social and community issues. In 2000, he established the International Institute for Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, Pa., to implement systematic approaches toward preventing and resolving conflict in schools, the criminal justice system, the workplace, public institutions and community organizations.

Much of Wachtel’s current work focuses on building a more civil society at the community level. The restorative practices model developed by Wachtel presents a process by which community, school or organization leaders and professionals work with constituents to identify and prevent or overcome issues before conflict arises or worsens. Also known as restorative justice, the model is used in many schools and communities to address issues such as bullying, vandalism and other civil and criminal offenses.

Wachtel’s presentation is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The public lecture is in conjunction with a training session at Auburn City Hall on April 13-14 for invited professionals, administrators, faculty and advanced students. The training program is sponsored by the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts, the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach and the City of Auburn.

For additional information, contact Ted Becker in the Department of Political Science at or 844-6161.

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