It is very clear to us that we would not be where we are today without the inspiration, commitment, and generous hearts of those who have done the hard work of community building, harm healing, and visioning of a fair and just future for everyone. Our sincere gratitude goes to the following:
Baruch Bush and Joseph Folger - The gift of Transformative Mediation.
Terry Carlson, Former Warden, MN Dept. of Corrections - The gift of grit.
Dr. Maria Cuzzo - The gift of Mediation and Conflict Theory.
First Nations People of the Klingut/Tagish people, Yukon, Canada - Harold Gatensby, Mark Wedge and Judge Barry Stuart - The gift of Circle
Jennifer Lynch - The gift of Integrated Conflict Management System theory and application.
Kay Pranis - The gift of Circle, Restorative Justice and your written word.
Lou Stender, Former Warden, MN Dept. of Corrections - The gift of trust.
Margaret Thorsborne - The gift of Restorative Practices, Conferencing and Integrated Conflict Management System theory and application.
and... with utmost gratitude to the incarcerated men at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility and Duluth Bureau of Prisons, deeply committed to the work of Restorative Justice. You "walk the talk" every day in difficult circumstances. Thank you for being the wayshowers of this work!!
Paul Mickelson and Chrissy Gamst, Associate Consultant with Mickelson Consulting, prepare for a presentation at the Minnesota Corrections Association conference.
In partnership with other agencies, Mickelson Consulting promotes two popular workshops:
CORE - Circle of Restorative Educators
This local support network provides opportunities for school staff who attended circle training from Mickelson Consulting to network, collaborate, and share stories and challenges about their restorative practices experiences. We meet monthly during the school year at different host locations. To learn more, contact Mickelson Consulting.
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Laraine Mickelson With over 25 years of experience in the field of Conflict Management Laraine has designed, implemented and written policy for a variety of programs including full-spectrum Integrated Conflict Management Systems for the State of Minnesota and justice programs for state and county agencies including juvenile diversion programs, sentencing circles for felony level crimes, transition programs for incarcerated offenders, and CREST (Conflict Resolution, Education and Skill Training) a peer mediator program for incarcerated offenders. Within the field of education, she specializes in whole-school implementation, training in school conferencing, mediation, and circle as well as consulting on topics of bullying and staff conflict. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin, Superior and Fond-du-Lac Tribal and Community College. She has been awarded the MN Dept. of Corrections Person of the Year, Carlton County Restorative Justice Volunteer of the Year, is co-recipient of the Minnesota Corrections Association President’s award and the Minnesota Association for Alternative Programs school of the year award. Laraine is committed to bringing forward restorative philosophy to schools, justice systems, workplaces, and communities.
Paul Mickelson consults to private, government, and non-profit organizations for workplace dispute issues, is an experienced employment and divorce mediator and has conducted trainings and workshops in the field of mediation and conflict systems design for over seventeen years. He has a strong background in the field of supervision, is trained as a workplace conference facilitator, circle keeper and mediator. Paul specializes in organizational culture change bringing restorative and transformative principles into the workplace. Paul is an advisor on multiple boards in the area of justice, dispute resolution, legislation and policy.
Tailoring to your agency's specific needs is a primary goal of ours. Mickelson Consulting has world-wide access to experts in the field of restorative justice/practices, conflict management system design, and mediation. Contact us to see how our comprehensive network of design professionals can support your needs.