Case Studies

RSC shutterstockSchool Restorative Circle

Conflict

Last spring, two middle school students were suspended for fighting – a physical altercation that cost them the remainder of the school year.  Because the boys had not seen each other since the suspension there hadn’t been an opportunity to work out their differences. Fast forward to the new school year; both students felt that the incident was hanging over their heads and were concerned about how this situation would affect the current school year. Since neither had a chance to apologize to anyone affected by their behavior they needed a supportive solution.

Solution

A restorative circle was conducted enabling both boys to take responsibility for their actions, see clearly how their behavior affected others, and to actively play a role in a plan to move forward in the future to be successful. The teens now have access to a healthy, productive method, within the school, for conflict resolution.

FPM 2 womanFamily Probate Mediation

Conflict

Thirty years after their parents’ divorce, five adult siblings are embroiled in a divisive dispute over their mother’s estate. It’s a contentious, dysfunctional situation that has escalated over the years as a result of some deep “family secrets.”  There are multiple issues that need resolution including guardianship, conservatorship, trust, communication, financial concerns and religious differences.

Solution

A  mediation was set-up.  Ten family members participated. The mother, five adult children, an uncle and attorneys  made up the group. The DRC trained mediator established a calm, safe environment so the family issues could be discussed in a productive manner enabling closure for many of the outstanding issues. Additionally, the siblings were able to establish guidelines for future communication so they could begin to heal these relationships.

CS8H 2 menCommunity Section 8 Housing

Conflict

Two neighbors in a transitional housing community have been fighting over loud music, late night company and cigarette smoke. Rather than seeking each other out to “talk” about the issues, they have taken to complaining by banging on the walls, turning up the volume and yelling to “voice” their displeasure. Meanwhile, the housing management has made it clear that, if unresolved, each tenant will be removed, effectively making them
homeless, again.

Solution

The neighbors met face-to-face in mediation facilitated by the DRC. Both agree that they didn’t make any effort to talk things out. Through the model process, the issues were better defined allowing the neighbors to discuss their individual needs. Because they learned new information about each other, they were able to reach an agreement that satisfied both parties. They learned how to be civil, considerate community members.