For an example outside of this blog and SCVRJP, check out this presentation: on DMC, from OJJDP, https://www.nttac.org/index.cfm?event=webinarJuvenileJustice The slides and information on Circles start on PPT slide 44 (ppt here).
What is described in this program, is very much like the programming used at SCVRJP. I have several blogs trying to describe it, today I want to recognized something I see as very much like the Circles I associate with being Restorative Justice Circle. Each element contains certain responsibilities and when these responsibilities are honored and the work done, is by Circle, then great outcomes can happen.
Key Elements of a Circle
Decision by consensus
The Restorative Justice outcomes can happen in other styles and “expressions” of Restorative Justice. From a simple conversation, to a formal Circle. I really feel like SCVRJP has developed an effective, effective means for not only reaching outcomes, but touching humanity in our Circle participants that really changes for the long-term. My area is not other types of Restorative Justice process, my area is a Restorative Justice Circle, as learned from many teachers
A power point from the National Association of Social Workers was recently forwarded to me. A great presentation I didn’t hear directly, by Johnathan Jordan, mindfully change. Some pieces immediately resonated and I can see how Restorative Justice Circle process promotes and leverages brain based change!
Our brains need social safety – this is established around students learning in schools and offenders making change. So what do our social brains need most? A SCARF, scarf stands for (From Slide 14, of the NASW power point):
How a Restorative Justice Circle promotes each of these:
The Neuroscience of Better Negotiations PPT from NASW (©2012 National Association of Social Workers. All Rights Reserved)