This one-time workshop is an innovative restorative-based option for young people (ages 17-30) to improve clarity around personal decisions on small and large scales.
This ongoing group offers participants (ages 18-30) the opportunity to understand, manage, and communicate their needs, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.
This one-time seminar increases constructive dialogue between law enforcement and young people (ages 18-30).
About Full Circle: Founded in 2008, Full Circle promotes a restorative environment by supporting restorative justice (RJ) interventions, training community agencies to better understand and utilize restorative approaches, and encouraging young people to develop new perspectives through restorative-based group services. While RJ programs typically respond to specific incidents of crime or conflict by using individual interventions (circles, conferences, boards, panels, etc.), Full Circle integrates restorative principles (for instance, responsibility, empathy, and healing) into other forms of group interventions and community projects.
According to Ted Wachtel (2000), “however powerful the conference experience, it would be naïve to suggest that a single restorative intervention can dramatically alter the behavioral patterns of delinquent and high-risk young people. Rather, these youths need to be exposed continuously to a restorative environment that confronts their inappropriate behavior while providing encouragement and nurturing.”
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My Full Circle: I received my graduate education at the University of Denver, completing a Master in Social Work in 2010 and a Graduate Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2008. As a restorative justice facilitator, mediator, and victim advocate in the Boulder, Longmont, and Denver communities for ten years, I have logged over 4,000 hours in over 300 cases with teenagers and young adults. I have also trained and supported volunteers and community members in several programs. I have received training in addictions counseling, trauma response,
suicide prevention and intervention, gang identification and programming, cognitive behavioral therapy, non-violent communication, and mind-body connections. I have also completed extensive research on the usage of restorative practices in juvenile correctional facility settings. Finally, I am in the process of completing my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certification, expected Fall 2013.
As a young person myself, I come to this work with a strong belief that all people can change, and I also acknowledge that change can be a very difficult process that requires personal and community support. One of the reasons I love restorative-based work is that it challenges me to look inside myself for opportunities to change. I believe in the power of restorative practice, and I believe it can be applied to various settings and the community more generally. There’s definitely more work to do. For me, coming Full Circle has meant continually returning to my origin, my true self, while collecting invaluable experiences and relationships along the way. Full Circle also represents the power of direct interaction, the collective wisdom, and the basic importance of human connection through group and community experiences.
In addition to providing conflict resolution services, I am also an adjunct professor in the fields of Social Work, Criminology, and Criminal Justice, and I contract with the state to provide mitigation and social work support to criminal defense teams for incarcerated young adults.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my loving Siberian husky (Rocky), my adorable nephews (Rylan, Deckard, and Kollier), hiking and camping in national parks, attending music festivals, training in martial arts, and dreaming about life in a geodesic dome.