Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Restorative Justice


Toxic Talk: From Betrayal to Trust in a Workplace (ADULT)
Toxic Talk shows an actual restorative conference following a workplace incident, in which staff members demeaned their supervisor behind her back and in the presence of customers. The conference, by providing everyone involved with a structured setting to express their emotions freely and honestly, transformed the negative feelings created by the incident into positive ones. The process restored relationships and created a healthier work environment. This restorative experience stands in stark contrast the way most workplace conflicts are handled, where negative feelings fester and toxic talk persists.

Roundtable Discussions 1: Restorative Strategies for Schools (ADULT)
In this video, four expert practitioners of restorative practices discuss how to address arange of disciplinary and behavioral issues in schools. The video is an ideal tool for administrators to use with faculty, to raise consciousness and stimulate discussion about restorative practices. Restorative practices is an approach to classroom management and school discipline that holds young people accountable, while enhancing relationships among students, faculty, administrators and parents, and building a sense of community in the school.

Burning Bridges (HS, Adult)
This video is a documentary about the arson of Mood's Bridge, a historic covered bridge in Bucks County, PA and the restorative conference held in its wake. The IIRP facilitated this emotional conference, which brought together the six young men who burned down the bridge with their families and members of the community. Using news footage, interviews and videos of the actual conference, the documentary tells the story of a community moving through grief and anger to healing.

Family Voices (Adult, adolescent)
A documentary about family group decision making (FDGM), a restorative approach to problem solving used worldwide that enables families to make decisions for themselves, in child welfare, youth justice and other situations. In the empowering spirit of FGDM, Family Voices lets families do the talking. This moving, candid, even humorous video follws nine culturally, economically, and geographically diverse American families on their journey of discovery of FDGM, from their initial fears, questions, and hopes to their joy in seeing the process work. Children on to grandparents offer their opinions and explain the FDGM process. It's a ideal vehicle to acquaint both families and professionals with FDGM.

Beyond Zero Tolerance: Restorative Practices in Schools (Adult, adolescent)
This video documents the implementation of restorative practices in several schools in the U.S., the Netherlands, and the U.K. The camera captures circles, conferences, and one-on-one meetings in progress. Students, teachers, and administrators speak candidly about the effects of restorative practices in their school. The viewer is transported to bustling school hallways and classrooms and feels an unmistakable sense of lively and cheerful community. This vibrant and engrossing video is a powerful testament to the benefits of restorative practices in an educational setting.

4 School Conferences: A Composite View (Adult, adolescent)
Four actual Real Justice conferences were videotaped, with the permission of participants, at alternative schools operated by the Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy, sister non-profit organizations for serving troubled youth in eastern PA. Footage from the conferences, which were held for offenses ranging from truancy and leaving school grounds to drug possession and bringing a knife onto a school bus, provide viewers with a ralistic view of conferencing. Some conferences are highly emotional, others are not. Some conferences produce satisfying outcomes; others are less successful. But follow-up interviews with conference participants show that even a so-called "unsuccessful" conference can produce meaningful outcomes.

Managing Shame, Preventing Violence: A Call to Our Clergy (ADULT)
This video is based on years of study by psychiatrist Donald Nathanson, who asks that we view the problem of explosive violence in a startling new way. You'll see that the explosive interpersonal violence is only the tip of the iceberg. It's the most visible and most troubling form of a problem that also includes rudeness, incivility, sexual exhibitionism, and drug abuse. Dr. Nathanson links these societal ills to a radical change in the way our culture handles the shame family of emotions. He explains that what we see as "shameless', "irreverent" and "violent" behaviors are actually well-understood forms of response to shame. Americans are taught to attack anyone we think has humiliated us! Dr. Nathanson and the Tomkins Institute offer a system for the prevention of explosive violence and new hope for growth and change toward a better world.

Building Our Community: A Film about Restorative Practices (Children, parents, catechists)
This is a 16-minute documentary about the positive impact of restorative practices at Collingwood Primary School in Hull, UK, a city facing some of the most acute economic and social challenges in England. Once a school in crisis, with the adoption of restorative principles and practices, Collingwood has built a highly positive school culture, created an exceptional sense of community and helped its pupils develop the skills to feel respected, secure, happy, and able to make the most of their lives. This upbeat and informative video features interviews with teachers, students, and parents who share how they have benefited from the self-knowledge and empowerment that has evolved during the restorative journey. It's an engaging introduction to restorative practices as implemented in a school that's determined to give everyone a voice and a strong foundation for academic and emotional growth.


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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult


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