Knowing our own skills and boundaries

A fellow Restorative Justice practitioner emailed today.  She had recieved a referral dealing with a loss of life.  She was looking for some help, support and guidance.  I coached her to the best of my skill and ability. The referral was well intented, but did not seem to generate from the victims, and that is…

School Settings: Restorative Justice or Restorative Practices

In my opinion Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices are exactly the same thing.  I have gotten feedback that “Justice” is not a good word for schools to use.  That’s fine, if “Practices” works better for your school or community – use that.  Being aware of practicing the philosophy is most important. I stick to calling…

Pre-restorative justice preparing

At SCVRJP we do a variety of programs.  We will take referrals in and work with what makes sense.  Three recent situations, all will be addressed restoratively, using different process.  My poor office associate, trying to learn how to “label” cases and which “program” to file them under.  I bet she wonders somedays if I…

Classroom Story – by Catherine

Just another example of how circles make a huge difference in the classroom. I teach 2nd grade in an urban (St. Paul, MN) elementary school. We are over 70% poverty and about the same for minority percentages. I implemented circles into my daily practice last year after taking a training from Kris Miner at St.…

RJ Conferences and Circles

Posting from the International Institute of Restorative Practices Conference in Toronto Canada! Today I was volunteering at the Living Justice Press, book sales table.  I got to interact with a number of conference attendees.  I decided to volunteer, since LJP will be publishing an upcoming text on Safe Teen Driving Circles.  (two links to other…

Restorative Justice – meeting with victims

Recently I’ve had a number of meetings with victims, and worked with them in a variety of places in the Restorative Justice process.  Restorative Justice is victim centered, meaning the victims make decisions about participating, about the conference and support them after a restorative experience. I’d like to offer you my experiences and suggestions for working with people who have experienced harm.  I’ve got…