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…

Making amends feels good, and who doesn’t want to feel better?

Taking responsibility feels good.  Knowing you put in a hard days work, taking care of paying your bills, helping someone who needs it.  Just a few examples of being a responsible citizen and community member.  Responsibility is keeping yourself and others out of harm’s way.  That’s how I define it.  Harm, no matter what form, it just…

Being an explorer of inner landscapes, a restorative justice practitioner skill.

I did a small group presentation and allowed all participants to ask a question.  We did a little “reverse” talking piece, meaning they could ask the question, and pass on the piece when they felt they had the answer.  I got a very unexpected question, and some information I didn’t really have a perspective about. …

Restorative Justice with stranger or acquaintance victims, different angles apply.

With a masters in counseling and experience as an in-home family therapist I don’t mind taking on acquaintance situations of harm.  I have always believed in systems, and that a larger context of relationships influences all of us. I am going to highlight 3 major angles to consider when pre-conferencing victims in stranger or acquaintance situations…