Not asking “why”. Another restorative justice practice fitting for suicide response.

Original post 4/3/2011 Updated on September 13, 2018 One of the methods I stick to when it comes to restorative justice, is steering clear from the question “why?”.  The best way to do that is to support the Restorative Questions (cards from IIRP). When we ask an offender “why”.  You get the response “I don’t…

A “do not miss” training opportunity! Restorative Justice addressing bully behavior.

My friend Nancy has been hosting week-long sessions in school-based Restorative Justice/Restorative Measures.  I have helped her out the last few years.  The finale of the week is the Circle Networking Day, she fwd’d me this information today: The Circle Networking Day Bullying: Preparation for the Restorative Response   June 17, 2011, Webster School in…

Working with relationships, be mindful of your own sense of justice.

As a practitioner of restorative justice – I work to uncover the “justification” for the behavior.  You can’t go directly at this, people won’t share it unless they trust you.  You also have to be very, very careful of your own internal judgements.  You may hear the person’s justification as the “excuse” for why they…

Circles include earned and learned wisdom, formal and informal support.

There are two ways we get smart about things – we experience it or we take someone else’s story and decide to do it, or not do it. When we are seating in Restorative Justice Circles, we take time to listen.  We listen like sponges.  It just happens that way.  The values have been determined…