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Mark S. Umbreit
Mark Umbreit received his BA major in Sociology and minored in Psychology from Valparaiso University in 1971, an M.P .A.(Masters in Public Administration) from Indiana University Northwest in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University School of Social Work with an emphasis in criminal and conflict resolution in 1988. In 2006 he received an Honorary Ph.D. from Valparaiso University.
His first employment was in Indiana where was the Director/Founder of the Porter County Peace and Human Relations Center, project of the American Friends Service Committee. After being there two years he became President/Founder of PACT (Prisoner and Community Together) Institute and the PACT Institute of Justice in Valparaiso, Indiana. He was there for 13 years when he came to Minnesota where he worked for the Minnesota Citizens Council on Crime and Justice as the Vice President for Research and Programs. After three years he worked on his social work degree and served as Research Associate for the Center for Youth Development and Research. During these years he worked closely with Dr. Gisa Konopka.
He has been at the University of Minnesota, School of Social Work since 1990, as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and full Professor. His pioneering work has been in the area of restorative justice and mediation. He is currently Director of the Restorative Justice & Mediation Center and the National Restorative Justice Training Institute and continues as associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.
For the academic year of 2005-2006 he was the Boden Chair Visiting Scholar at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee and has served as Fellow of the International Centre for Healing and the Law in Kalamazoo, Michigan for two years. He also serves on the faculty of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, teaching courses on Peacemaking and Spirituality and Forgiveness and Healing.
Dr. Umbreit is an internationally recognized trainer, ,editor, author and researcher in the field of restorative justice and mediation with over twenty-fiver years of experience as a practioner. He has been a featured speaker on restorative justice and mediation throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Berlgi,un1, Italy, Denmark, China, Japan, Northern Ireland, Iarae1/Palestine, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad, and the Ukraine. He is the author of six books, and more than several hundred articles, book chapters, and monographs in the field of restorative, mediation, and peacemaking.