Strategic use of questions, when facilitating talking circles.

How many questions do you ask in a day?  How many times do you ask questions that you either a) ask to be polite or b.) already know the answer.  A type a) question might be “how was your weekend”, “how was your day”.  Conversation started, questions that get a little dialogue going.  Surface level dialogue.…

Starting Restorative Justice Circles by engaging values as guidelines.

The basic foundation of positive relationships is to live in your best sense of relationship values.  I use the word “sense” because I think this is a way to understand the spiritual sense of who we are as people.  I believe we are all spiritual, emotional, mental and physical.  By understanding our relationship to ourselves…

Circles are a strong containers allowing the release of trauma.

The boys 4 and 2 were in the back seat, I was passenger.  My friends son’s oldest was a little wound up, acting his age.  His brother started to cry and suspect was the older sibiling holding a pencil.  Mom addressed the situation as best she could driving.  I was keeping an eye on the…

Restorative Justice Circles work with curiosity and judgement.

Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea have written a beautiful book, The Circle Way.  The style and format is different than a Restorative Justice Circle, but the theory and philosophy of Circle made it a great read for me.  If you are a fan of Circle process you’ll also want to read Christina’s book Calling the…

You can’t change the past, but you can change what you learn from it.

Recently I was in a full day training with Mark Carey,  the local Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee sponsored the training for area professionals and community members.  I got to sit next to our Judge and interact with engaged community members and fellow professionals around the topic of improving our impact on juvenile delinquency. The main focus…