TMS Event Details

Event Title: Society Session Marin: How Does Viewing Conflicts through a Restorative Justice Lens Inform Mediation and Mediators? with Marissa Wertheimer

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Location: RESOLUTION REMEDIES 1000 4th Street, 8th Floor San Rafael, CA Noon to 1:30pm Please provide your own lunch – no charge to attend.


Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Time: 12:00 AM


Restorative Justice is a social justice movement, a theory of justice, and a best practice transforming school discipline and climate. Communities across the state, country and world have been developing and experimenting with different models and applications of restorative justice. One of these models is Restorative Circles. “It brings together the three parties to a conflict – those who have acted, those directly impacted and the wider community – within an intentional systemic context, to dialogue as equals. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. The dialogue process used is shared openly with all participants, and guided by a community member. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit. Restorative Circles are facilitated in 3 stages designed to identify the key factors in the conflict, reach agreements on next steps, and evaluate the results. As a circle form, they invite shared power, mutual understanding, self-responsibility and effective action.”
Note: This program will be recordedn
Marissa Wertheimer is a restorative justice mediator-trainer. Marissa began her career as an attorney and social justice advocate in Texas. After moving to Mill Valley in 1995, she began learning and practicing Alternative Dispute processes with an emphasis on understanding-based mediation and Restorative Circles. Marissa coordinates Restorative Justice Programming for Marin County Juvenile Probation, coaches and trains with The Center for Understanding in Conflict and is a licensee of the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) as well as a private mediator and trainer. Marissa has provided training in restorative practices in schools and communities in Marin County and served on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission for the last 7 years, currently as Chair.