Building a Trauma-Informed Restorative School
Skills and Approaches for Improving Culture & Behavior
By: Joe Brummer with Margaret Thorsborne
Covering both theory and practice, this book will teach educators everything they need to know about developing restorative practices in their education settings, in a way that is also trauma-informed.
The first part of the book addresses the theory and philosophy of restorative approaches, and of trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive schools. The second part outlines the five restorative skills (mindfulness, honest expression, empathy, the art of asking questions and the art of requests), what they look like in practice (including using circles, respect agreements and restorative dialogue), and how to implement them. Every strategy is clearly explained and adapted to be appropriate for children and adults who have experienced trauma.
Everything the book discusses has been especially designed to be adapted for different school settings and their particular challenges.