By Dede Evavold
Hello. It’s Michelle MacDonald!
Our family culture seems to go from conflict to attorneys and court. Either that, or they dwell in conflict. But there is a better way used around the country and the world. I call it an authentic, holistic and organic justice —–that can happen before lawyers and courts are ever involved.
There is a unique opportunity to be educated and receive training in a powerful form of dispute resolution: Restorative Circles, a restorative practice within the field of Restorative Justice! (See Flyer at Bottom of the Page) Here is the link to learn more: www.irpcminnesota.com
Not only is this the first time this conference is coming to America — it is being held in to our own backyard! Thursday- Saturday, August 9-11, 2018, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN, and we are applying for CLE and ADR credits!
I have had to travel great distances to get the trainings, after Judge Bruce Peterson introduced me to circles in May 2012. Restorative practices are explained like this on my law firm www.macdonaldlawfirm.com website:
Restorative Justice Circles – Here, anyone can begin to resolve a conflict or injustice by starting a “circle.” The process begins by talking to trained facilitator who can meet with you to listen to your problem, and customize what is needed for resolution of conflicts in your home, work or community, based on your personal information and situation. Restorative Justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by the conflict. When participants meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
For any of you interested in resolving individual and family, including in your own relationships, this education is invaluable. I have implemented it in my home, with my husband, children, friends, family, law practice, and of course, have been a facilitator for Family Innocence: a nonprofit dedicated to keeping families out of court. Family Innocence will have an exhibit table where we hope to sign up providers to help us, so that the people have access to these remarkable facilitators who do most of their work volunteer, or on a shoe string budget.
You can register right up to the date, and will not be turned away. Hope to see you there!
Family Innocence, Inc
Michelle L. MacDonald
Founder & Volunteer President
Michelle L. MacDonald, Founder and Volunteer President of Family Innocence, a non-profit project dedicated to keeping families out of the adversary process: resolving conflicts and injustices peacefully through Mediation and Restorative Justice & Family Circles.
Michelle can be reached at: Michelle@FamilyInnocence.com or by cell phone at 612-554-0932
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