Maureen Farrell

 Experience using Circles in many fields /

Circle Experience

Circle training:

  • With trainer Harold Gatensby, Yukon, Canada
  • Through the Restorative Justice unit, Dept. of Corrections, MN
  • Circle Experience:
  • Training for circle keepers in the following arenas:
  • County justice systems
  • MN dept. of Corrections
  • Social Services
  • Schools – mainstream & alternative (students, classrooms & staff)
  • Community dialogues on diversity & inclusion
  • Faith communities
  • Community social justice action teams
  • Small business committees

Areas of Interest and Service

Circle Keeper/organizer for:

  • Juvenile Justice incidents
  • Prison “victim – offender” community circles (VOCARE)
  • Court ordered community incident dialogues
  • Community planning dialogues
  • Parent – community action team
  • Schools (mainstream & alternative): peer panels, classrooms, staff
  • Non-profits (youth groups, environmental committees, community events)
  • Diversity dialogues
  • Faith communities


Additional Background in Restorative Practices:

  • Restorative Justice (Practices) practitioner since 2000
  • State board member for MN Restorative Services Coalition (MRSC)
  • Restorative Conferencing Juvenile Diversion program coordinator for Carver County, MN
  • Have led over 400 Restorative Conferences
  • Trained in Victim Offender  Dialogues (VOD) through Mark Umbreit,Univ. of MN
  • School Resource Officer mentor/trainer in Restorative Practices
  • Presenter for “Restorative Measures in Schools” (MN Dept. of Ed)
  • Presenter for MN Juvenile Justice Advisory board
  • State conference presenter for: MAAPS (MN Assoc. for Alternative Schools, YIPA (Youth Intervention Programs Assoc.), MN Safe Schools
  • MN federal “site visit” host for the Office of Juvenile Justice, Wash. D.C.

     Other Background:

    • Youth Development & community program specialist
    • Member of national CNC (Children-Nature-Connection) movement 
    • Member of national “Dignity In Schools” campaign to keep children in schools
    • Mother of 4 children!
  • Listing ID: 1937
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