Restorative Justice and the powerful web of interconnectedness.

I just opened a gift from a Restorative Justice volunteer.  SCVRJP has a new wall hanging.  It was less than a week ago SCVRJP gifted (gave away) a wall hanging. Interconnectedness of giving and receiving. Restorative Justice includes and survives by this web of interconnectedness, where we offer and accept with grace.  The community creates spaces for…

Sharing for repairing. Restorative Justice, volunteering as a storyteller.

At SCVRJP we provide a variety of different talking circle sessions and victim impact panels.  We utilize volunteers that are willing to tell their story.  Here is a flyer with details: Speakers Information. There are two types of speaking sessions, impact panels and circles.  The impact panels are focused specifically on impaired driving.  Restorative Justice…

Restorative Justice, beyond the victim-offender conference.

From an article in the Eau Claire Leader. HUDSON – Randy Spence admits it would take a miracle for him to ever forgive the drunken driver who killed his daughter. But Spence also realizes how close he came to possibly taking the lives of four people years later when checking his phone and running a…

Why this restorative justice practioner crafts and cooks.

I just responded to an email, fighting back tears.  I sent out love and support to someone I haven’t met yet.  Haven’t met physically.  I’ve already met her on her life  journey, she and I connected over the dynamic of a parent who lost a child.  She is meeting her child’s friends and scattering her child’s…

The collective issue and the individual experience, promoting healing and tranformation.

Our communities are faced with a variety of issues.  Our local non-profit St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice (www.scvrjp.org) works to address teen driving, underage drinking, impaired driving, crime and conflict in the community and schools. SCVRJP recently began services to help with issues around suicide, providing prevention, intervention, and postvention services. The unique aspect of how…

Restorative Justice Circles, congruent with evidence-based trauma support treatments.

The training title: Understanding and Treating Traumatized Youth: An Integrated, Evidence-Based Approach  The training was provided by Cross Country Education (www.CrossCountryEducation.com). We learned that trauma treatment has 3 phases (originated by Judith Herman).  The first phase is Safety & Stabilization.  One technique was to use the senses to calm and ground, touch, for example was…