Joe Brummer has been implementing restorative justice programs in schools since 2010, including circles, community conferencing, and peer mediation. He is currently working with the New Haven, Hartford, and Meriden Public Schools to implement school-wide restorative practices, working to train both students and teachers. Joe has done hundreds of hours of professional development training in mediation, circles, conferencing, and collaborative problem solving including restorative circle training with Dominic Barter and Conferencing training with the IIRP.
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Joe offers training in restorative justice including circle keeping, peer mediation, and conferencing for schools and communities. He also helps to design full implementation plans of restorative practices in schools.
Joe Brummer is a trainer, mediator, and facilitator. He has been studying ahimsa (nonviolence) through mediation, Nonviolent Communication, and restorative practices for the last ten years as his personal response to being the survivor of two serious violent crimes. He has studied Kingian Nonviolence with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, RI, participated in the Teaching For Peace Program at the International School for Jain Studies in Delhi, India and completed the International Intensive Training (IIT) with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication.
He has clocked hundreds of hours at the mediation table facilitating in a wide variety of areas including workplace disputes, landlord/tenant conflicts, school mediations, civil law suits, and victim offender mediation. He is a also a member of the board of directors for the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and the former associate executive director at Community Mediation, Inc. in Hamden, CT.
Joe’s introduction to restorative justice came by way of a Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA) training in 2007. He then went on to serve on the Juvenile Restorative Justice Advisory Board for the Community Mediation Center of RI. He has since taken a 5-day intensive training with Dominic Barter in using Restorative Circles. He has also taken training with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) in Bethlehem, PA in facilitating community conferencing. Most recently, Joe attended the 5th Annual Conference of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice. He has been implementing RJ in schools since 2010 and has facilitated many mediations, restorative circles, and is skilled at community conferencing.
Joe is the process of solidifying his model of restorative justice which synthesizes Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive solutions, with the RJ’s principles and tenants of interconnectedness.