Practitioner Restorative Stories
About the Practitioner
I spent many years working in Youth Justice and got to a stage where I was watching the sector not know how to treat those whose job it was to support our most at risk young people, families and communities. People had big hearts, cared deeply and wanted nothing more than to make a difference. I was looking for something and thought it would be a program, but after meeting Terry O'Connell, I realised that it's practice that makes the greatest difference. I discovered explicit Restorative Practices and embedded it into everything we did as a staff team and also with clients and families. We new that it had to start with us never having any expectations of others that we don't have of ourselves. We needed to be able to share our practice with those we served in a way that they understand and are able to replicate in their own lives. This is how I believe truly sustainable change happens.
- 30 plus years as a practitioner in the areas of youth, drug and alcohol.
- Achieved Australia 6th Best Workplace based on a Restorative Practice culture and becoming the only NGO rated in the top 50.
- Brings an explicit practice framework to the organisation.
By implementing an Explicit Practice Framework, participants are able to replicate the process in their own lives,creating sustainable changes to the way they live their lives. There are four pillars of Restorative Practice,
- Young People,Family and Community,
- Explicit Nature of the Process.
Each of the pillars need to be achieved sequentially. It is important to practice what you preach.
- Referrals from the justice system
- Local Court
- Federal Court
- Private prison system
- Public prison system
- Supreme Court
- Restorative Circles
- Restorative Conferencing
- School - K-12
- Reflective practice
- Culture change
- Leadership development
- Management and HR Training
- Program development
- Residential care
- Violence risk assessment
- Violence risk management
- Workplace investigations
- Workplace Training
- Personal Development