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Restorative Justice Circles process is MORE than just a talking piece. It is a way of holding a Circle, inviting each and every person to be both student and teacher. Using values, consensus and 4 stages to guide people through the experience of self-discovery, vulnerability and connection.
The Circle process at SCVRJP, has been tested and executed 1,000’s of times. I am not overstating this! This week alone . . . two Circles at drivers education class, a controlled substance intervention (CSI) Circle, an Underage Consumption Panel-Circle and a Circle to repair harm of vandalism/racial harassment. That’s 5 Circles for an agency that is open 4 days a week!
Each Circle includes community members, paper plates, with values written. Each Circle included a mat for the talking pieces, a commitment to show the Center of the Circle, and the center of ourselves is a source of power, change, perspective, and the home to our space of connecting to one another. The 4 stages are crucial to really making Circle magic happen. Guiding the process so people enter and exit safely and with new awareness enhances the depth of the experience.
Working with Restorative Justice Circles, with the deep appreciation for executing these in the best manner possible produces results.