Restorative Practices

Restoring connection is the cornerstone of taking a restorative approach to harm. It uses conflicts and challenges to build relationship and support personal growth, including the capacity for expressing oneself authentically and listening empathically to others.

We offer several support services to families, schools, classrooms, groups and communities when a conflict has emerged, a harm has been done and where parties involved are willing to reconnect and hear each other to repair trust.

Restorative Practices Consultation and Facilitation
An Effective Response to Harm

Restorative practices use evidence-based dialogue processes to turn disciplinary problems such as fighting, bullying, and truancy into opportunities for community building and social-emotional learning. Such practices complement schools that promote organizational values of mutual understanding and personal responsibility. Consultation may include assessment, design, capacity building, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive restorative programs. Facilitation may include the use of restorative practices such as Restorative Circles or Community Conferencing to address a specific incident of harm.

Benefits:

  • Proven disciplinary alternative to suspension and expulsion with long-term savings in time and money
  • Uses conflicts to improve relationships (students, teachers, administrators)

 

Reinsertion Circles
Facilitating circles to ease re-insertion of youth (or adult) in any group/classroom/school setting and strengthen learning, connection, empathy and repair of harm

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