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CorStone Center uses restorative justice circles to build emotional resilience

February 24, 2009

Emotional Resilience is defined as the ability to
adapt to stressful situations or crises – to function competently,
powerfully and peacefully when dealing with conflict or adversity.

Resilience is not a quality that one does or does not possess; there
are varying degrees to one’s ability to handle stress and conflict.
Still, resilient people tend to share certain traits. These

The Restorative Justice Movement has re-discovered and adapted ways
for communities to promote resiliency, perspective, responsibility and
healing while dealing with the repercussions of conflict. These
processes and programs are gaining currency in communities around the
country and the world. Frustrated by the inability of traditional
systems to address the needs of the community – most of which are based
on a retributive model – justice system workers, school teachers,
administrators and advocates have adopted and are experimenting with
different approaches and responses to incidents in which harm has
occurred. “The aim of restorative programs is to reintegrate those
affected by wrongdoing back into the community as resilient and
responsible members. “(Adam Graycar, Director of Schools, Australian
Capital Territory).

Restorative Justice Circles (RJC) in particular, is
a restorative justice process that can be customized for any school or
other institution. RJC encompasses the following principles:

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