Restorative Justice was trauma-informed before trauma-informed was a thing.

Restorative Justice was trauma-informed before trauma-informed was a thing.

Offering you 5 ways Restorative Justice paved the way for trauma-informed work in schools: Victim-Centered.  Restorative Justice gives voice, choice, validation, information and opportunity for reparation to those harmed by crime & conflict.  This created a trauma-informed skill-set in practitioners.  Research have shown the RJ reduces PTSD for Crime victims.  This demonstrates the approach reduces…

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…

How to use Peacemaking Circle assumptions for Restorative Justice facilitation.

The Peacemaking Circle assumptions, published in Circle Forward and Heart of Hope: The True Self in Everyone Is Good, Wise, and Powerful The World is profoundly Interconnected All Human Beings have a Deep Desire to be in a Good Relationship All Humans Have Gifts & Everyone Is Needed for What They Bring Everything We Need…

Building the trust of school staff, using Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles

I’ve been teaching teachers and school staff about using Restorative Justice in schools, since 2007.  Since that time, I’d like to think, I’ve gotten better at doing that.  I’m really thankful for all the people that have shared feedback, offered points of improvement and stayed in contact.  Over the years I’ve heard very positive stories…

Restorative Justice when offenders don’t want community involved.

How a restorative justice practitioner handles challenges in the preparation stage is very important.  One common challenge is those that caused harm, or their parents, push back against community involvement.  Thanks to the Ministry of Justice, Jamaica for this image: My recommendation so to find out where this resistance is from, try to understand the…

Restoratively engaging survivors, storytellers and community volunteers.

Restorative Justice operates by engagement of Victims-Offenders-Community.  The magic is in the mix of these stakeholders.  I believe the more congruent your program and work with these stakeholders is, the more you are modeling, teaching, coaching and living restoratively.  Using community volunteers beyond facilitators is very important.  The community voice is important to help both…