Practitioner Restorative Stories
Terry O’Connell first introduced me to Restorative Justice in 1989. It immediately resonated with me because it reaffirmed everything I knew was effective in my role as a Detective working with victims, witnesses and offenders.
It reaffirmed the importance of people being able to tell their story, more than just what happened but how it impacted on them. I had learned from some wonderful mentors the importance of being able to relate... Read more
About the Practitioner
Matt was first introduced to Restorative Justice by Terry O'Connell in 1991 when he was Chief of Detectives in Goulburn. It immediately resonated with him due to his inchoate intuition that respectful relationships between police and communities was the most effective way of reducing offending.
Later, in 1997, he worked with Terry in a small group around reforming policing through specific attention to the development of wholesome relationships within policing organisations and parlaying that to the development of stronger relationships with community. It has underpinned everything he has done since.
For more than 20 years Matt has extensively researched the theories of affect script psychology that underpin the operation of restorative practice. He has a passion for developing and implementing restorative practice and for facilitating training for other professionals.
The field is currently a bit disjointed and the work being done by the NED Foundation builds an important base for people involved in the area.
Restorative Practice continues to be an emerging field which has developed a solid basis from which to expand its operation into any area where success depends on good relationships with individuals.
Consultant, Facilitator, Mediator, Mentor coach, Practitioner
- Restorative Conferencing
- School - K-12
- Workplace investigations
- Workplace Training
- Family Dispute Resolution
- Neighbourhood Resolution
- Responding to child sexual abuse