Connecting with the community, nonprofit networking promotes mission & vision.

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program, SCVRJP began from an idea, just 12 and a half years ago and now services and programs have reached nearly 2,000 in just the first half of 2012.  Many dedicated board members, staff, volunteers, supporters and partners have helped develop and create the nonprofit that “promotes peace & belonging utilizing restorative…

The work to move life forward when others have passed, the power of healing.

A recent Facebook status: The journey from survivor to thrivor takes courage.  I followed her into the coffee shop and saw the tattoo with names of the deceased across her back.  Three relatives died in that traffic crash 4 years ago, after 9 months of meetings and prep work, she will soon be meeting the…

NY Bus Bully incident, Karen Klien and Restorative Justice.

The bus monitor bullied by middle school boys.  It’s been in the media and ironically, I first heard of the incident in Circle Training.   Karen Klien recently offered that she would like to talk to them to ask they why.  (article) The natural course of this, has some restorative elements.  The victim didn’t think the apology letters were sincere. …

Office of Justice Programs – Crime & Victimization presentation – Restorative Justice.

Restorative Justice for victims, can always be shared.  I was fortunate to be able to share at the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs Crime & Victimization Conference.  My overall outline was to share what Restorative Justice is, how best to meet needs of victims with Conferences or Circles. The powerpoint I used is here:  Crime…

Facilitating Restorative Justice loss of life, embraces the essence of the loved one.

Please note, this blog topic, facilitating Restorative Justice in a situation of a fatality, is not intended to promote practitioners stepping beyond their own skill set and training.  Mark Umbriet’s week-long course, a masters in counseling and additional trainings in grief, trauma and restorative justice contributed.  Serious crime and violence cases should be done in pairs, with support…