Friday, July 25, 2014

Introduction to Restorative Practices: 8-10-14: 12:30 - 6:30pm

Reconnecting community, building relationships and transforming how we respond to harm.

Training provides you with:
* Guide to Practices - Fair Process and Social Discipline
* Continuum of Dialogue Practices
* How to Use Restorative Questions
* System of 9 Emotional Affects
* Recognizing and Discharging Shame
* Building Value Based Relationships
* Video Documentation of Practices
* Hands-on Training for Real World Scenarios

Presenter: Amy Elliott, P.h.D, Licensed Trainer & Professional Counselor

Class is limited to 12 people because participants will be engaged in experiential learning.

To Register: Please visit and complete contact form.

$40 if Registered by August 1st
$50 for registrations received Aug. 8th-10th

Course Location:
Greensboro Dance & Drama Therapy
4112 Spring Garden Suite B, Greensboro, NC

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Restorative Justice Practices

Individual and Community Safety is First.

John Braithwaite states, “For informal justice to be restorative justice,    it has to be about restoring victims, restoring offenders, and restoring communities”
 Howard Zehr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia    

 Jon Powell - Campbell Law School                                         

7:31 min.   To curb conflict, a Colorado high school replaces punishment with conversation


Saturday, June 28, 2014

More N.C. teachers report threats & attacks by students than nearly every other state; Restorative Justice Practices

More N.C. teachers report threats and attacks by students than in nearly every other state - IndyWeek

Kym Martin, Executive Director of the NC Center for Safer Schools, shares excellent leadership facilitating NC leaders in this most important vision of Safer Schools.

Thurs., 6-19-2014, Jon Powell, Director of the Juvenile Justice Project, Campbell University Law School, led a well-received modeling of Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) with NCCSS participants.

Jon has been working with Wake County students, families, and staff. WCPSS Board Chair and central office are most supportive of Jon & his RJP work.

FYI:  Restorative Practices: W Philadelphia HS: Principal Saliyah Cruz

W Philadelphia HS was named a“persistently dangerous school” for violence/crime.After Restorative Practices were implemented, students realized they had a voice; they had ownership of the school atmosphere.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Warning Signs That Your Child Is Being Bullied, Is a Bully, Is Using Drugs or Alcohol

“School Bullying is Nothing New, But Psychologists Identify New Ways to Prevent It,” American Psychological Association, Research in Action (p 236 - 237)

Warning Signs That Your Child Is Being Bullied

* Pattern of withdrawal, shame, fearfulness

* Onset of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem

* Persistent, vague, unexplained physical complaints

* Damaged or missing belongings

* Unexplained bruises or injuries

* Diminished social contacts

* Excuses to avoid school; decline in grades

* Trouble sleeping or eating

Warning Signs that Your Child Is A Bully

* Angers easily

* Demonstrates a need to dominate

* Acts our impulsively

* Lacks empathy toward others

* Defiant toward adults

* Aggressive behavior

* Has unexplained belongings

* Makes hypercritical remarks about other students

Warning Signs That Your Child Is Using Drugs or Alcohol

* Rapid loss of weight

* Paleness of the skin

* Discoloration

* Dark circles under the eyes

 * Shaky hands

* Dropping grades

* More absences from school than you know about

* Sudden mood changes

* Rise in anger at family members

Teaching by Example

But parents need to do more for their children than just talk to them.  The biggest influence on a child’s development is the behavior of the same-sex parent.  And the lessons they learn from watching how their parents behave, for good or ill, will last them a lifetime.

Remember that “stranger danger” accounts for only 10 percent of child abuse.  Ninety percent results from people who parents bring into their children’s life or who are already there…

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Violence Risk Threat Assessment in school systems/schools: 6 ?s

Violence Risk Threat Assessment (VRTA): process in which school administrator, law enforcement official, mental health counselor, and teacher or school employee involved TOGETHER investigate, examine, evaluate and report the threat

1) Should NC implement a uniform, mandatory Violence Risk Threat Assessment for NC public schools?

2) Should NC require that each NC public school system implement a mandatory Violence Risk Threat Assessment?

3) What are the pros and cons of implementation and accountability of a mandatory Violence Risk Threat Assessment in our NC public school systems/schools?

4) Who should have access to the mandatory Violence Risk Threat Assessment for NC public schools?
 *4b) Who should have access to the information derived from the Violence Risk Threat Assessment for NC schools?

5) Who should be responsible for implementing the mandatory Violence Risk Threat Assessment in each NC public school system/school?

6) Check acts in our NC public schools that warrant a Violence Risk Threat Assessment?

_verbal threats of violence                     
_written threats of violence                   
_bomb threats
_damaged property                               
_disorderly conduct                               
_alcohol violations                                 
_drug violations                                       
_weapons on school property
_sex offenses                                          
_other: please specify

*7) What is the penalty for not implementing the Violence Risk Threat Assessment and for not investigating, examining, evaluating, and reporting adequate and correct information?

* Questions added from initial survey feedback from parents, teachers/staff members, law enforcement, and community members.

Are you receptive to sharing your school system/school Violence Risk Threat Assessment?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mon., May 5: 5 - 7pm: Restorative Justice: Concrete, Steel, and Paint

Mon., May 5: 5 - 7pm
Concrete, Steel, and Paint
Site: UNC-G: Stone 186
Join us for the documentary film screening of Concrete, Steel, and Paint, a film that tells the story of men in a Pennsylvania state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing, their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy – but as the participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose.
Following the film we will have a conversation about restorative justice, crime and reconciliation, and how art can facilitate dialogue about difficult issues. The discussion will be facilitated by Amy Knorr and Sarah Roth Shank, who bring years of experience working in restorative justice practices, and more recently, related to this film.

For more on the event, visit:

To read more about how the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies is engaging with restorative justice, visit: