Restorative Practices Workshop offered at First Presbyterian Church
Local author Robert Costello presented an informational workshop, “Restorative Practices: Changing Our Response to Wrongdoing” on Saturday, Jan. 26 at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. The workshop attracted about 50 adults from the congregation and larger community.
Costello defined restorative justice and restorative practices and gave examples of each. He shared how these practices help people resolve conflict at home, school, work, place of worship, and other environments. As the Assistant Commissioner for Organizational Development at the New York City Department of Probation, Costello explained how the criminal justice system uses data as well as restorative practices initiatives to make a positive difference.
In addition to his current role, Costello has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient services and alternative education. He is the co-author of The Restorative Practices Handbook for Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators and Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning.