5 options to make Teen Court more restorative.

Typically when I blog about teen court (links to past posts), I am providing examples about how it is not really Restorative Justice.  I have learned and recognize there are many different models and versions of Teen Court.  I do appreciate the youth development and alternative approach that teen courts can provide.  I am going to…

Eye for an eye.5?

I’ve been embracing my singleness, I am attending things solo and being aware of the benefits.  Going solo forces you to strike up conversations with those around you.  Attending with someone, and your conversation stays within your group.  I’ve been hearing and seeing this quote: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. At a…

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…

Use a restorative belief system, to implement Restorative Justice.

From the book Tribes, by Seth Godin, author, blogger, speaker and agent of change: Belief People don’t believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them. The often believe what their friends tell them. They ALWAYS belive what they tell themselves. What leaders do: they give people stories they can tell themselves. …

Assigning blame and assigning innocence, labeling people not the behaviors, prevents both sides from learning.

After 29 years as a law enforcement officer, my friend said he saw 1 out of 1,000 assualts that were only caused by one person. He was explaining that as a society, we assign blame, and we assign innocence.  I see this, as victim and offender are labeled.  We assign particular services, particular responses based…

A perspective on ‘evidence-based’ practice, Important Safety Information: Kris Miner style.

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