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. For many individuals in crisis, this situational vulnerability makes calling the police a dangerous practice. 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. Additionally, according to U. S. Department of Education data from 2014, students with disabilities are nearly three times as likely to be arrested or referred to law enforcement while at school than are their peers without disabilities. 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.
“Restorative Justice” is a philosophy, set of practices and mindset that addresses injustice (most often a law or rule broken) by thinking about the harms, needs and obligations of all of those involved. Healing is accomplished most often when all those affected are involved and meet to discuss and decide how best to repair the harm by addressing those needs and obligations,” (IBARJ). 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 practices, and will examine ways in which helping professionals can incorporate alternate interventions and strategies 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.
This webinar is for clinicians and staff who may work with clients who cause harm to others, or who are in crisis, specifically for clinicians who do not wish to call the police on their clients, but who may lack other strategies for harm reduction or healing in situations of violence or crisis.
Register at https://www.abacnj.com/product/restorativej/