Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation

Hardcover | November 25, 2010

EditorElizabeth Beck, Nancy P. Kropf, Pamela Blume Leonard

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Restorative justice and social work share a number of principles and goals, as they both seek to stem violence and to address the pain associated with harm. Many of the processes used by restorative justice practitioners are based on indigenous practices that facilitate peacemaking, victimhealing and reparation, and reengagement of offenders. As a method for transforming conflict, restorative justice can be viewed as a theory, a principle, a practice, and a skill set. Each of these components has the ability to inform and strengthen social work practice and restorative practices canbe enhanced by the knowledge, practice modes, and interdisciplinary interaction pioneered by social work.As the first book of its kind, Social Work and Restorative Justice examines the ways that these two disciplines intersect. Each chapter engages readers in an in-depth exploration of the history and contemporary realities of both disciplines, presenting vivid case studies in practice areas such asschool settings, communities, domestic violence, homicide, prisons, child welfare, and gerontology. Social workers and restorative justice practitioners collaborate on each chapter, outlining specific intervention approaches and practice principles that integrate the strengths of each approach incases ranging from the commonplace contradiction of punishing public school students for behavioral problems by depriving them of the opportunity to learn from their mistakes to the role that both social work and restorative processes have played in the rebuilding of Liberia. In a holistic andcritical exploration of how these fields can work together more effectively, the book's authors also importantly highlight tensions between their values, skills, and interventions, such as the risks and benefits of employing restorative justice techniques in a prison setting.Innovative and forward thinking, Social Work and Restorative Justice presents a synergistic practice model that will improve the effectiveness of social workers and restorative justice practitioners who seek to bring about healing and recovery in families and communities.

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Restorative justice and social work share a number of principles and goals, as they both seek to stem violence and to address the pain associated with harm. Many of the processes used by restorative justice practitioners are based on indigenous practices that facilitate peacemaking, victimhealing and reparation, and reengagement of off...

Elizabeth Beck, PhD, is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, Georgia State University. Nancy P. Kropf, PhD, is Professor and Director of the School of Social Work, George State University. Pamela Blume Leonard, MA, is Director of the Georgia Council for Restorative Justice.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019539464X

ISBN - 13:9780195394641

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Table of Contents

Mark Umbreit: Foreword1. Elizabeth Beck: Introduction2. Nancy Kropf: Justice, Restoration, and Social Work3. Pamela Blume Leonard: An Introduction to Restorative Justice4. Elizabeth Beck and Andrea Wood: Restorative Justice Practice5. Michele V. Hamilton and Lesa Nitcy Hope: Social Work and Restorative Justice: Implications for School System Practice6. Barb Toews and M. Kay Harris: Restorative Justice in Prisons7. Lauren Abramson and Elizabeth Beck: Using Conflict to Build Community: Community Conferencing8. David S. Crampton and Patricia L. Rideout: Restorative Justice and Child Welfare: Engaging Families and Communities in the Care and Protection of Children9. Joan Pennell and Mary P. Koss: Feminist Perspectives on Family Rights: Social Work and Restorative Practices to Stopping Women Abuse10. Nancy J. Good and David L. Gustafson: Coming Together After Violence: Social Work and Restorative Practices11. Nancy Rothenberg Williams and Thomas K. Crick: Social Work and Restorative Justice in an International Context: The Case of Liberia12. Alexandra Lee Crampton and Nancy Kropf: Restorative Justice and Aging: Promise for Integrated Practice13. Elizabeth Beck and Nancy Kropf: Concluding Thoughts and Next StepsLorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Howard Zehr: AfterwordIndex