(1) Prison based with inmates in victim impact classes. (2) Restorative Dialogue Circles in prison and in community with victims and offenders and family members. (3) School based interventions. (4) With adult probation and parole in Circles of Support & Accountability with high risk offenders returning from prison to community using trained volunteers in adult mentoring groups. (5) Church based dialogue groups looking at social justice issues. (6) Training RJ and circles to correctional staff and law enforcement.
Experience with Healing Circles, Dialogue Circles, Family Group Conferencing I believe they used to call it but circles with kids and families over issues, prison based offender training/healing circles, victim offender dialogue in crimes of severe violence, victim offender dialogue with juveniles, conflict circles in churches.
Have worked with church-based organizations, including: WI Conference UCC, IA Conference UCC, Methodist churches and others. State-based including WI DOC, WI probation and parole, Dane County Juveniles (WI), Johnson County (IA) juvenile, MESI (Iowa City) community circles, 6th Judicial District Dept of Correctional Services (IA) (adult probation and parole), IA DOC
Areas of Interest and ServiceReferral
Screening, intake, preparation, facilitation, training, evaluation. Circle keeper. Healer. Mediator. Facilitator. Trainer.
BRUCE KITTLE , Thunderbird Performance LLC – Mindful Awareness & Performance; Hidden Pearls Podcast.
Performance/Certified Life Coach, Co-Host Hidden Pearls Podcast, Restorative Justice Practitioner and Trainer, Circle Keeper/Mediator, Yogi, Football Consultant, and Tribal Badass
Bruce has a diverse and unique set of life experiences including football coach, criminal defense attorney, mediator, ordained pastor, and certified life coach. His wealth of education, training, and experiences enable him to assist clients in finding fresh perspectives to their mental preparation and ultimately in becoming the best version of themselves. Bruceís practice focuses primarily in the area of sports performance, working with professional and collegiate athletes and coaches.
Bruce began working with mindful awareness and mental preparation after coaching and working with his son, George Kittle, All Pro Tight End with the San Francisco 49ers. Bruce began mental prep work with George in the 5th grade where they worked on affirmations and visualization techniques. Since then they have worked together on George’s mental preparation using a variety of tools to help George play at the top of his game.
From these experiences Bruce developed his own holistic and humanistic approach to what he now calls “Mindful Awareness & Performance” (MAP). Bruce uses a variety of tools including breath work, meditation, affirmations, visualization, and life coaching. Bruce’s client-centered approach is grounded in the belief that the client knows what is best in their own life, and that they have all the tools and knowledge needed to reach their goals. With just a bit of help in the right areas, as well as a commitment to a deliberate and consistent daily practice, Bruce is able to help clients embrace and overcome the obstacles they face, improve their game, and perform at the highest level.
EXPERIENCE + EDUCATION
Dual sport athlete at the University of Iowa – Football & Wrestling
Graduate Assistant & Assistant Football Coach – University of Iowa
Assistant Football Coach/Player Development – University of Oklahoma
Attorney – licensed in Iowa and Wisconsin with a focus in Criminal Defense
Masters of Divinity – Chicago Theological Seminary
Ordained Pastor – United Church of Christ
20+ years of experience in the area of Restorative Justice
Mediator trained in humanistic and transformative mediation
Avid yogi and scuba diver