When working within a system, there are many barriers to offering services that providers may encounter. Some examples of these barriers include: limited financial funds, risk management concerns, and cohesion of services throughout the system.
This workshop, will discuss innovative programs and ideas that have led to success at Lawrence Hall Youth Services in Chicago. It also will include many solutions for overcoming the many obstacles face by new programs, including limited funds, potential risks, and cohesion of services. Participants specifically will learn about the balanced and restorative justice (BARJ) philosophy and how it can be used by agencies that provide mental health services. The presenters will incorporate theories and research that offer insight into the needs and accomplishments of the clients served by Lawrence Hall Youth Services.
During this interactive workshop, Lawrence Hall Youth Services staff and youth will explain, demonstrate, and involve workshop participants in experiencing the BARJ activities. Core areas of focus include a discussion of how restorative justice philosophy can inform clinical treatment within child welfare settings, the use of peace circles to support and nurture growth for youth living in residential treatment, and the importance of empowering youth.Presenters: Orson Morrison, vice president of clinical services, Julia Strehlow, balanced and restorative justice coordinator, and Meghan Westmacott, supervisor therapeutic recreation and balanced and restorative justice, Lawrence Hall Youth Services