To celebrate National Restorative Justice Week, Jody Collins will be discussing how she uses metaphor in her restorative justice work. A description of the event is below.
Admission is free, and light refreshments (tea and some snacks) will be provided.
We're in the Boys and Girls Club building (click here for directions via Google Maps).
In practitioner-client relationships, from clinical environments to conflict resolution to restorative justice, practitioners are challenged with finding meaningful ways to help clients to characterize, reframe and engage their experiences, problems and conflicts. The use of figurative language—metaphor, specifically—influences and structures the experience and outcome of practitioner-client dialogues, but unfortunately metaphorical language is often unconsciously used, impersonal, meaningless, culturally insensitive, dispiriting and disconnecting.
How can we, as restorative justice practitioners, use metaphor consciously to help our clients to connect to them selves and us, their experience and their emergent insights? How can we use metaphor in practice to transcend limited knowledge and expand understanding of self, others and experience? Since this intentional method invokes intuitive rather than prescriptive responses, how we can actualize autonomy and empowerment as we help to generate insights, connection and meaning through metaphor?
In Metaphor and Spirit in RJ Practice, I will present vivid experience and emergent academic research involving creative and intuitive practice in diverse restorative justice cases to approach these questions and demonstrate a capacity—a metaphorical attention—that anticipates and supports insight, positive affect, self-awareness, meaning, healing, and transformation of self, relationships and perceptions of reality.
Meanwhile, in sharing deeply personal, life-changing metaphors, I hope to inspire participants to connect to their personal purpose in restorative justice practice—to acknowledge and appreciate the creativity and heart we bring to RJ practice, our clients, colleagues and communities. In other words, we can attend to and attune with spirit in practice.
Following the presentation, together, we can use the methodology to workshop metaphor in practice—to try it out—to deepen our capacity in restorative justice practice. This activity will be introductory with an opportunity to sign-up for an advanced workshop in 2017.
This presentation is created from original research as part of academic requirements for graduate research at the University of Victoria. The original presentation was created for Narrative Matters 2016.
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