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The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice

How and why does restorative practice (RP) work? This book presents the biological theory, affect script psychology (ASP), behind RP, and shows how it works in practice in different settings. ASP explains how the central nervous system triggers 'affects' which are the basis of all human motivation and emotion. The book presents a clear explanation of what ASP is, how it relates to RP, and how ASP helps practitioners to understand relationships, emotions and dynamics in their work. The chapters are based around case studies which demonstrate RP in criminal justice, organizational and education settings. They show how theory links to practice, and how having a deep understanding of the theory has helped practitioners to be successful in their work. Providing an accessible explanation of how RP works, this book will be invaluable to all RP practitioners in any setting, as well as RP students and academics.
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Table of Contents

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,, 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

Vernon C. Kelly, Jr. is co-founder and Chairman of the Tomkins Institute (Pennsylvania, USA), a board member of Restorative Practices International, and a psychiatrist in private practice in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, USA. Margaret Thorsborne is co-founder of Restorative Practices International and Managing Director of Margaret Thorsborne Associates which is based in Australia and the UK.


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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