Coaching and conducting Circles outside of my schools and community.

The SCVRJP logo has 3 swirls.  The swirls represent the triad’s of restorative justice.  Most important is to remember that Victim, Offender and Community – are 3 entities that compose restorative justice process. It is so easy to only serve one group. On a coaching and demonstrating visit to a school, I recommended they get…

Guiding Circles to provide a place of “freedom of healing”.

I stick to the 4 phases of Circles.  Our Circlespace Room at the Restorative Justice Center even has them on the wall.  I got to chat a bit with someone else who keeps Circle and we found a few places to keep to these phases. Circlespace at Restorative Justice Center A few tips to dig…

Restorative Justice Circles provide a feeling of importance.

Do you like to feel like you are important?  Gosh I do and I like to provide that to other people as well.  Not the important as in arrogance, but feeling important like you matter and make a difference. A recent Circle “newbie” described that the Circle made her feel important.  It was a Circle…

Circles promote alliance. Alliance is crucial to change, healing, recovery and restoration.

My background is in counseling.  The therapeutic alliance was important, often highlighted at the most important component for change.  Positive relationships between therapist and client brought about the most positive and long-lasting changes. As social workers, teachers, probation officers the professional alliance is the relationship from professional to client.  Restorative Justice professionals/providers/specialists/facilitators also need to be aware of the…

Life is a series of beginnings, middles, ends and experiences.

I was sitting in a quiet house, two boys napping.  I was sewing a new fleece hat for my sister-in-law.  When you make things for people you get to infuse them with love.  I know it sounds a little “kooky“, but it’s true.  At that moment I was also waiting for my brother to bring…

Me? Am I at home in the emotional world? Values are feelings.

It’s hard to express yourself when you don’t know who you are. My life is in great transition.  I am living alone for the first time in 18 1/2 years.  I am a single, work-a-holic.  I just glanced at a Wedding invitation and that makes me feel better about connections. The last few months of…