South Dakota Counseling Association Keynote Resources

South Dakota Counseling Association Keynote Resources

A 90 minute keynote presentation . . . I actually ran out of time and missed getting to make the Connections to Counseling and Restorative Justice. Here are the things I intended to share, my experience from Counseling & Restorative Justice: Working with ‘hurt’ people – make self care important. Compassionate Listening – a way…

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…

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…

Finding your keepers heart, encouraging the heart of others.

It has been an emotional and powerful season of work.  A group of practitioners met to begin a deeper look at healing not only the incident of harm, but deeper wounds and trauma when additional deeper harm is present.  That means looking at differences in race, power, gender, any status differences between people participating.  Not…