Source: (2006) Paper from "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP’s 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.

Van Rensburg, a community psychologist states that “ with the growing trend to move toward globalisation of health, health policy, and health care, a set of processes are in place where unprecedented interconnectedness is blurring a variety of boundaries and transforming the nature of human interaction across a wide range of spheres. This in turn, increases economic, political and social interdependence. ( Van Rensburg, 2004). The Umlazi project addresses the opportunity for blurring some of those professional boundaries. It was an opportunity for a tertiary institution, Durban Institute of Technology and a non-profit organisation called Mzamo Guidance Clinic in the Umlazi area to work together in establishing a partially restorative practice. The insight was to promote interconnectedness across health care systems at an early intervention level that did not exist before. (excerpt)


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