We need to re:vision our approaches to education, justice, and community with a focus on healthy connection, healing, accountability, and learning.
Many people observe that Lauren's background in neuroscience and animal behavior is the "special sauce" that makes her work unique and important for these times.
Seeing restorative approaches as the biological-moral imperative of our time, Lauren brings biology and interpersonal neuroscience to her lectures and trainings--making them powerfully intuitive, understandable and accessible for all ages.
Our work is rooted in core values and foundational principles (not rote techniques) which allows for a high level of both flexibility and integrity.
Lauren Abramson, Ph.D. has 40 years of experience in community-based work.
Lauren brought community conferencing and restorative justice to Baltimore & Maryland in 1995, and for over 25 years was at the helm of building one of the most innovative and long-standing community-based RJ programs in the US.
With her broad and deep experience in RJ facilitation, program development, training and theory development, Lauren remains committed to bringing innovation, inclusiveness, and impact to transformative justice and community building.
We work across sectors, including:
Human Services Agencies
Planning (urban, environmental, etc)
Serious Crimes Conference
(murder and other serious incidents of harm)
Victim Offender Dialogue
Staff development and team building
This two-day facilitator training is typically part of a Program Development Package. Training includes dialogue about core values of RJ and conflict transformation, a variety of experiential learning opportunities, exploration of oppression and power imbalances in relation to this work, and the role of emotion in dealing with conflict.
There are dozens of places to get trained in a restorative justice process, but there are precious few places to get help with building and sustaining an RJ program (which is by far the hardest part of building RJ). Lauren founded the first conferencing program in urban America, and shares the million and one lessons experienced so that no one has to reinvent the wheel .
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Sustaining quality services
Impact and outcomes
Human beings are mammals. Mammals are different than reptiles in that we have a limbic system that is uniquely wired with biological "apps" that promote our survival--like bonding with our young, emotions, and empathy. Tragically, many of our institutions (like education and justice) ignore our biology; they focus on separation over connection, rationality over emotion, and punishment over empathy and accountability. This presentation engages participants in learning how to build effective schools, fair justice and connected communities through restorative approaches that honor our biology instead of ignoring it.
Restorative Approaches Overview
Dialogue Circle Facilitation
Community Conferencing Facilitation
The Role of Emotion in Conflict transformation
Trauma, Learning and Restorative Approaches
Stress, Kindness, and Mindfulness
Biology of conflict and managing it
We can no longer ignore the impact that trauma has on our behavior--for children and adults alike. Learn about what trauma/toxic stress does to our ability to pay attention, learn, and have healthy relationships. Develop skills for identifying and responding constructively to "bad behavior." Create a practice for being mindful, and for helping others manage their reactivity through simple and doable exercises. Workshops are individually tailored so they are developmentally appropriate.
Poptech Talk (2010) Better Justice by L. Abramson
Washington Post article about a Victim Offender Dialogue for a murder case which was facilitated by L. Abramson
Baltimore Sun interview
~ Bernard W
~ Neighborhood resident
See how Baltimore residents transformed their own crimes and conflicts using Community Conferencing
See how young people and adults in various school communities have used Daily Rap dialogue circles to build healthy connections, resolve minor conflicts, and create a meaningful sense of community.
Lauren gives a 2011 talk at Ignite Baltimore about the ways that Baltimore residents have resolved their own crimes and conflicts, without going to court, in their own neighborhoods.
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States