Restorative Justice Training for Circle Facilitators requires 4 elements.

I love Circle-Keeper training.  Teaching others how to facilitate the process.  I feel like I was trained by some of the best, Kay Pranis, Jamie and Oscar, Linda Wolf . . . and equal teachers:  the girls in Ramsey County Juvenile Detention, the girls in the Amicus Girls Group, youth at the alternative school, the…

A brief overview of Circle Stages – notes from ’07

I’m cleaning out the office.  I am moving my book writing area from home to the office.  My office space is packed to capacity.  So it’s time to rearrange, and clean things out.  I found a page of  notes I made for a training.  These notes are my ideas on explaining what happens at each…

Restorative Justice Circles talking or transformation, using key elements for change.

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (www.scvrjp.org) has been doing 100’s of Circles a year, since 2006.  In that time we have successfully placed topics in the center of the Circle.  We have consistently used a structure, based on the work of Kay Pranis (more posts referencing Kay).  The key elements of a Restorative Justice…

Restorative Justice Circles, structuring the human element.

Be human.  Be a good relative, establish solid relationships by being relatable. Restorative Justice Circles process is MORE than just a talking piece.  It is a way of holding a Circle, inviting each and every person to be both student and teacher.  Using values, consensus and 4 stages to guide people through the experience of…

Creating learning “containers” with Restorative Justice Circles, two techniques.

I don’t teach spontaneous Circle Keeping.  I teach getting grounded, connected and comfortable with the core values and principles in Circles.  After working to have these with me, I have developed a few activities that lend to utilizing the container, the center of the Circle, to enhance the process.  These also provide participants a chance to…

Restorative Justice Circles – the real deal can be done at all health levels.

Public Health levels include promotion, prevention and treatment – primary, secondary, tertiary levels. Restorative Justice Circles work at these levels as well, re-affirm (primary) relationships, rebuild (secondary) relationships and repair (tertiary) relationships, an outcome for every level. Restorative Justice Circles, can be used at each level and when promoting a culture change, as in a…