Lewisburg, WV, October 16, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Brenda Waugh, attorney, and mediator with Waugh Law & Mediation, will be teaming up with staff and volunteers at the West Virginia Healing Home in Ronceverte, West Virginia, to facilitate a workshop, "Restorative Justice for Children and Families." WVHH is a new organization in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, dedicated to providing non-judgmental support, education, resources, and multi-disciplinary health options for pregnant women and mothers dealing with addiction issues. They have recently moved into a new home at 1500 Maplewood Avenue, near Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. The workshop will be one of the first of this type offered by the organization designed to increase options for families in the area.
Ms. Waugh describes how restorative justice fits into this mission. "The conventional judicial system operates as a series of rules and punishments. Restorative justice is an alternative system that approaches wrongdoing or harm by asking the question: What harm has been done and what can be done to make right the wrongs?" She continues, "Restorative practices impact families struggling with addiction by focusing on meeting unmet needs rather than allocating rights and duties." During the 2 1/2 hour workshop, participants will review the history, the principles, and the practices related to restorative justice. They will then work to identify areas within their work where these practices may be useful. The highly interactive workshop will provide participants with a hands-on experience of some restorative practices.
Brenda Waugh is a lawyer/mediator serving clients in Charles Town, West Virginia, Leesburg, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. A native of Princeton, West Virginia, she attended college at the University of Virginia, law school at West Virginia University and earned a masters in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University. She has published articles in several law journals and facilitated workshops at conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She continues her work in exploring as a "restorative lawyer," finding new ways to address legal and social problems. Information is available from westvirginiahealinghome.org or by contacting Waugh Law & Mediation at 800-970-5501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.