Last weekend I attended the advanced facilitator training offered through the Longmont Community Justice Partnership. The training was incredibly valuable and skillfully taught by Amy Stenson and Deb Witzel. Some of the highlights from the training were gaining more insight into complex situations where mutual responsibility is shared.
This could arise in many different forms, for example there could be youth who is being bullied at school and when the youth who is doing the bullying is confronted about this issue it becomes clear that there is a long-standing history of conflict between the two youths.
This conflict could benefit from a restorative justice circle. In order for the circle to move forward, all parties would need to take responsibility for their part in the situation. Learning how to navigate these complex, often historical conflicts, is something that Longmont Community Justice Partnership can teach. If you are interested in learning how to practice restorative justice please check out the upcoming trainings: www.lcjp.org/training