The Restorative Justice (RJ) Committee of the IAAOC was formed in 2015 with the purpose to publicize information and generate interest in RJ principles as a viable alternative to the current criminal justice system. The heart of the RJ movement is founded in a justice paradigm that privileges the voice of the community by focusing on healing rather than punitive action. This committee will generate research of restorative justice, contribute discourse to educational and public forums, and initiate legislative reform that will lead to a more equitable, humane justice system.
We will raise awareness of RJ principles and practices within the counseling profession.
We will provide counselors with resources for research, practice, pedagogy, and/or participation in RJ initiatives.
We will advocate for systemic change that invites a collaborative, dialogue-driven, community-based approach to criminal and other harmful behavior.
We will advocate for the removal of substance use and abuse disorders out of the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system and into province of the mental health system, such that those suffering from substance related difficulties might receive appropriate treatment as opposed to prison sentences.
Webinar presentation in conjunction with the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC).
Webinar presentation in conjunction with the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD).
Compiling an annotated bibliography of related conceptual and research studies related to RJ
Submitting a poster to the IAAOC Research Carousel as part of the 2016 ACA Convention.