When encountering a crisis situation, helping professionals may have legal and ethical responsibilities that seem to be in conflict with one another. For many helping professionals some degree of mandated reporting exists as a part of their professions'ethical guidelines, and many places of employment have crisis policies in place that involve calling the police. In the United States, an estimated one third to one half of people killed in police shootings have had physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities (Perry & Carter-Long, 2016), and the intersections of clients'identities may heighten this danger. Punitive measures including and up to the involvement of law enforcement often do not account for behavior function and do not focus on habilitation or training functional replacement behaviors.
Function based restorative justice practices can be one meaningful way to reduce harm to clients in situations of crisis. This workshop will provide an overview of restorative justice and will examine ways in which helping professionals can incorporate alternate interventions in moments of crisis to reduce risks and benefit their clients as much as possible. Empirically supported literature and data will be presented where applicable and available, and audience questions and discussion will be welcomed throughout the workshop.