Using Restorative Justice Circle questions to guide and deepen the impact of Circle.

Thought and care to questions when facilitating Restorative Justice Circles is important.  As you get more used to doing Circles and more used to monitoring emotional climate, you start to see how certain questions can guide the process. I was in a Circle of students and only one of them had been in Circle before. …

Circles are a strong containers allowing the release of trauma.

The boys 4 and 2 were in the back seat, I was passenger.  My friends son’s oldest was a little wound up, acting his age.  His brother started to cry and suspect was the older sibiling holding a pencil.  Mom addressed the situation as best she could driving.  I was keeping an eye on the…

Restorative Justice Circles work with curiosity and judgement.

Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea have written a beautiful book, The Circle Way.  The style and format is different than a Restorative Justice Circle, but the theory and philosophy of Circle made it a great read for me.  If you are a fan of Circle process you’ll also want to read Christina’s book Calling the…

Be curious about Restorative Justice it will lead you to new discoveries.

I have been fascinated with brain-power lately.  It’s to the point I’ve even teased (just once) that I might change my favorite restorative justice cliché from “a change of behavior, by a change of heart” to “a change of behavior by a change of brain.” I especially love the work of Simon Sinek, you should link to his…

Personal, professional, private, public why it should all be one.

I have always supported the notion that as people we should be congruent between work and home.  We should hold values that reflect how we are with family and with coworkers.  We should consistently treat people well regardless of the relationship being blood or paycheck.  I need to remember that it extends to all my…