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

by Elizabeth (Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Georgia State University) Beck

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

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, victim healing 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 can be 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 as school 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 in cases 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 and critical 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.

Social Work and Restorative Justice Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation Press Reviews

There are many books dealing with social work and restorative justice separately. However, to my knowledge, no books have been published like this one, which analyzes the relations and interactions of these two professional disciplines. Hence, the essays in this volume provide insights that are unavailable in the literature that focuses on each practice in isolation from the other. -- David G. Gil, Professor of Social Policy, Brandeis University Social work practice is at a crossroad. In our rapidly changing world, restorative justice provides a needed framework for assisting individuals, families, and communities following adverse events in which victim and offender both merit humanitarian concern. This groundbreaking text builds on the historical values of social work, while capturing an emerging international social movement, and will help practitioners understand a method of intervention that promotes social justice and healing in a variety of venues and settings. -- Roberta R. Greene, Professor and the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin A timely and invaluable resource, this landmark book describes social work's unique role in community conferencing, school anti-bullying programming, family group counseling, and reparative justice. Feminist and global perspectives are infused throughout. Perhaps now social workers will take the helm in the field of restorative justice, a field in which the values of social work are so clearly reflected. -- Katherine van Wormer, Professor of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa Social work and restorative justice have much to gain from each other. Indeed, we need each other! This book makes a significant contribution to an essential dialogue and collaboration. -- From the Afterword by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Howard Zehr The editors of this text have provided practitioners and scholars alike with a text that should be as accessible and valuable to the uninitiated as it is to those who have years of restorative justice practice experience. -- Robert McAndrews, School of Social Work, Salem State University, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Book Information

ISBN: 9780195394641
Publication date: 10th November 2010
Author: Elizabeth (Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Georgia State University) Beck
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Categories: Social work, Crime & criminology,

About Elizabeth (Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Georgia State University) Beck

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, Georgia State University. Pamela Blume Leonard, MA, is Director of the Georgia Council for Restorative Justice.

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