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“This feels like Punishment!” How Restoration becomes Blame

“This feels like punishment!” How Restoration becomes Blame © 2018 William A. Bledsoe, Ph.D. It’s inevitable that schools implementing a restorative approach to conduct are going to hear students [...]

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The Circle as Sanctuary

The Circle as Sanctuary © 2018 William A. Bledsoe, Ph.D. More than anything else, being able to feel safe with other people defines mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful [...]

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RESTORATION OF VOICE: FROM SUPPRESSION TO EXPRESSION

RESTORATION OF VOICE: FROM SUPPRESSION TO EXPRESSION © 2018 William A. Bledsoe, PhD  One of the most striking differences between a coercive response to misconduct, and a restorative response has [...]

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The 7 Principles of Restorative Communication

THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF RESTORATIVE COMMUNICATION – THE 7 R’s ™ A principle is a basic truth, ideal, or tenet that we rely on to guide our behavior. Most often, principles are based on a [...]

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When Restoration Fails…or Does It?

One of the goals of an advanced restorative approach to misconduct is to identify underlying reasons or issues that may be compelling a student to act in a destructive or harmful way. If you can [...]

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Trauma Responsive Schools: Catching Kids Before They Fall

Every time there’s a school or workplace shooting I lament “why didn’t we see this coming?” The warning signs must’ve been there. Why didn’t someone see those signs and intervene long before the [...]

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