MBBI’s Child & Youth Alternate Dispute Resolution Working Group (C&Y ADR WG) supports MBBI’s mission to build local skills for peace and promote mediation worldwide by advocating for the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practices with children and youth. C&Y ADR WG works in schools and communities—building capacity with practitioners worldwide. The WG’s objectives are:
- To provide support and resources to MBBI members and other practitioners who are involved with children and youth in both schools and communities, plus,
- To identify, share and compare current ADR practices that are used in various countries.
Co-Chairs: Suzanna Norbeck, Elika Dadsetan, Mary Hellwig
Activity: Webinars are held on the last Thursday of each month. All are welcome—no prior experience working with children and youth is necessary to attend the webinars. If you are interested in receiving notifications for these webinars, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “C&Y ADR Mailing List-Add”.
C &Y ADR’s first webinar is described below:
In August 2017, Mary Hellwig presented Using Restorative Discipline Circles in a School Setting. Mary emphasized that Restorative Circles, which address incidents of harm and community violations, are most effective when used as part of a whole-school restorative approach, including: 1) Educating and engaging teachers and staff on restorative principles and communication skills; 2) Assisting teachers to hold regular talking circles in their classrooms, which give students experience in a collaborative process that works to build community; 3) Using Restorative Circles when an incident of harm has occurred to bring all those affected by the harm together to listen to each other and determine how the harm can be repaired—giving participants experiences in empathy and accountability.
Following Mary’s presentation, there was a lively conversation by participants, based on their experiences in restorative practices and peer mediation. If you are interested in receiving a hand-out from the presentation and learning more about the topic, please email Mary Hellwig.