Presence in Circle

Based on the work of Mark Umbriet, PhD Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking http://rjp.umn.edu/about/staff_associates/umbreit.html .  Three SCVRJP volunteers and myself have had the opportunity to complete the 6 day training offered by the Center, this has been very valuable in understanding severe trauma and aspects of victim offender dialogue.  This website is full of excellent…

Why I love training, teaching and facilitating workshops

The great people at CESA 7, Chris and Amy recently hosted another Restorative Justice training.  A one-day overview of Restorative Justice in schools was held in Green Bay.  Together 18 of us took a good look into the philosophy and background of Restorative Justice in Schools.  We did a demonstration Circle, my favorite part of…

Safe Teen Driving Circles

The Allstate Foundation approved a grant to SCVRJP in 2007 for the “On the Road Together Safe Teen Driving Program”.  The number one cause of death for people 18-24 is car crashes!  Depending on the study 40-60% of those crashes involve alcohol.  SCVRJP & Allstate partnered with MN Twin Cities Public Television to produce a…

The lasting impact of teaching in Circle

I got this message recently, it’s from one of the students I had in my UWRF Class last semseter.  He gave me a new talking piece, made by his roomate an art major.  He has a class now with our UWRF Intern and Circle classmate: Hey! Hows everything? Hope the new class is going as…

Circles in my week

Here is a review of Circles that I held this week and a few of the outcomes.   I hope that you can pick up some tips or see the power of using this process.  Post an example of your own Circle! College Class Circle – I have 19 students in my UWRF Class – Introduction…

Teaching In Circle

I teach one class a semester at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.  The first class I taught was the Spring semester 2008 and the class that started on September 8 is the second group of students.  Next semester I will teach an advanced class in Restorative Justice. I love teaching this because we…