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The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice


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Foreword, Judge Andrew Becroft. Preface. Section 1. The Theory Underpinning Restorative Justice. 1. Caring, Restorative Practice and the Biology of Emotion. Vernon C. Kelly, Jr, Chairman, The Tomkins Institute, USA. 2. Interpersonal Caring, Social Disciple and a Blueprint for Restorative Healing. Vernon C. Kelly, Jr. Section 2. The Theory in Action in Communities and the Criminal Justice System. 3. Being Emotional, Being Human: Creating Healthy Communities and Institutions by Honoring our Biology. Lauren Abramson, Founding Director, Community Conferencing Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 4. Restorative Practice in a Policing Environment: Understanding Affect Will Help. John Lennox, Director, Restorative Practices International, Australia. 5. Forgiveness. Katy Hutchison, restorative justice advocate, author and professional speaker, Canada. 6. A Necessary Discovery: Why the Theory is Important. Matthew W. Casey, Counselor and Restorative Practice Consultant, Goulburn Family Support Service and Matt Casey Counselling, Australia, Bill Curry, Counselor, Goulburn Family Support Service, Australia, Anne Burton, Service Coordinator, Goulburn Family Support Service, Australia and Katherine Gribben, Counselor, Goulburn Family Support Service, Australia. Section 3. The Theory in Action in Organizational Settings. 7. Keep Calm and Carry On: From Fear to Fun Over Two Years in a British Youth Arts Organization. Sian Williams, Principal Consultant, Thorsborne and Associates, UK. 8. Drama Queens. Margaret Thorsborne, Director, Margaret Thorsborne and Associates, Australia and UK. Section 4. The Theory in Action in Education. 9. Affect and Emotion in a Restorative School. Graeme George, teacher and trainer, RPforSchools.net, Australia. 10. They Suck, School Sucks, I Suck: The Secret Emotional Life of a Child with a Brain that Learns Differently. Bill Hansberry, teacher, counselors and mentor, Fullarton House, Australia. List of Contributors. Index.

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Explains the biological theory behind Restorative Practice (RP), showing how and why RP works across a range of settings including criminal justice and education

About the Author

Margaret Thorsborne is the Managing Director of Transformative Justice Australia (Queensland) and Thorsborne and Associates in London, UK, a company committed to improving the way people relate to each other in the workplace, schools and other communities. With Peta Blood, Margaret co-founded Restorative Practices International (RPI), the world's first international membership organization for restorative practitioners. Margaret lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia.


This is an impressive, thought-provoking and well-written book. It is a valuable contribution on the theory of Restorative thinking, justice and practice. The way in which the authors have cleverly translated theory into practice is both authentic and informative. This really comes alive through the sharing of real inspiring case studies, which allows us to access the theory in a way that translates into every day practice. I would recommend this book to all those wanting to understand Restorative Practice and its true value in society today and the future. -- Mark Finnis, Director, Mark Finnis Training and Consultancy and Trustee of Restorative Justice Council, UK
This is a splendid contribution to clarifying what we know and what we do not yet understand about what makes restorative justice fail or succeed. While much research and reflective practice remains to be done to fill great voids in our understanding, this book takes big steps forward. It is at once theoretically sophisticated and practically useful. -- John Braithwaite, Distinguished Professor, Australian National University

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