Restorative Justice Circles, congruent with evidence-based trauma support treatments.

The training title: Understanding and Treating Traumatized Youth: An Integrated, Evidence-Based Approach  The training was provided by Cross Country Education (www.CrossCountryEducation.com). We learned that trauma treatment has 3 phases (originated by Judith Herman).  The first phase is Safety & Stabilization.  One technique was to use the senses to calm and ground, touch, for example was…

Restorative Justice Circles affirming worth and remove defenses.

In a discussion about civility, someone used the phase “pre-judge”.  Reflecting upon the shortcoming of making assumptions about other people.  I started thinking about the difference between judging and pre-judging.  I don’t think there is much of a difference, being judged is no fun. On the flip side, we all have defenses built up to…

Co-mingling of formal and informal support.

Formal support is a therapist, dr, professional, anyone paid to provide a service to you. Informal support is the friend that brings a hotdish, gives you a ride to the airport, takes a late night tearful call from you. Support helps if you have an incident.  By incident I mean anything that overwhelms your coping skills. …

A Restorative Justice practioner considers how crime impacts sex.

This may very well be the craziest blog title yet and I’m not doing it for the google rankings either.  I better get right to the point and start explaining that title. St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program reaches out to survivors of traffic fatalities, suicide, homicide and deaths caused by underage drinking and drug…

A ride on a mountain bike resembled Restorative Justice.

In March I had the good fortune of having an overnight retreat session with Kay Pranis.  Kay wrote the book on Restorative Justice Circles.  If you haven’t read Peacemaking Circles, I highly recommend it. I have known Kay for years, she and I thought maybe as far back as 1997, when I still worked in…

Restorative Response – talking circles for those impacted by suicide.

From the April 20, 2011 River Falls Journal A forum last spring opened a dialogue about suicide after an unusually high number in and around River Falls led authorities to hold the public meeting and say, “What can we do to help?” That led to a local remembrance walk, more discussion and the formation of…