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Victim Offender Conference Programming Still Rising

While other restorative dialogue models, such as circle processes in schools and prison-related work, are clearly rising nationwide, court-associated agencies that work directly with offenders and victims of crime are still requesting supports for program development in the area of victim offender conferencing and mediation. Learn more about the various support services provided by our center here.

New Videos on Restorative Justice

Four new videos on restorative justice by Mark Umbreit are ideal for using in group trainings as well as for general presentations. A video by Ted Lewis covers a case narrative for a victim offender mediation. All videos are 10 to 20 minutes long. See all the new videos.

Complementing Mark's video on A Humanistic Approach to Mediation and Dialogue is an overview article on the same topic. What does it really mean to 'humanize' a resolution process for conflicts or crimes? Read "What Is A Humanistic Approach to Mediation?"

Center Resources Focus on Energy Dynamics in Conflict and Dialogue

The Energy of Forgiveness book coverThe Energy of Forgiveness: Lessons from Those in Restorative Dialogue (by Mark Umbreit, Jennifer Blevins, and Ted Lewis)

This book features 12 powerful case stories of healing and reconciliation and is available for purchase through the center. More information about this book and others with discount prices.


Mark Umbreit's book, Dancing With the Energy of Conflict and Trauma: Letting Go, Finding Peace in Families, Communities & Nations shows how people have learned to "be" with the energy of conflict and trauma in ways that help them find deeper peace. More information and how to purchase (PDF).

Picture of people holding handsBeing With the Energy of Forgiveness: Lessons from Former Enemies in Restorative Dialogue is a 30 minute film that features victims who found supports for moving forward in life. See flyer for details. View the film on YouTube.

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