Tip of the Week – Talking Pieces

I had a student approach me and comment on the 14 pages in Kay Pranis’s book “Peacemaking Circles” dedicated to the talking piece.  It was a good reminder for me.  I have gathered a variety of talking pieces and my favorites are the ones that other people give me.  Introducing a talking piece is a…

Comments on Attending a SCVRJP Program

Please let us know what program you attended and what your thought about attending and participating. Victim Impact Panels – providing first hand accounts of the harm that drinking and driving has caused. Underage Consumption Panels – Circle process, using harm reduction CHOICES program. Victim Offender – Conferencing – a process to repair harm and make things…

All relationships are bilateral

I use this statement about restorative justice, since RJ is so much about the relationships.  All relationships flow both ways.  I believe what we put into the flow comes back to us. I learned a great deal from someone lately.  I didn’t expect to be so educated or enlightened by this person.  I felt like…

Presence in Circle

Based on the work of Mark Umbriet, PhD Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking http://rjp.umn.edu/about/staff_associates/umbreit.html .  Three SCVRJP volunteers and myself have had the opportunity to complete the 6 day training offered by the Center, this has been very valuable in understanding severe trauma and aspects of victim offender dialogue.  This website is full of excellent…