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Queensland, Australia




Wednesday 15 July, 2015

The Youth Justice Forum – a joint initiative of RPI.QLD and Griffith University – brought together key stakeholders including government, the judiciary, academia, education, the police, and the legal profession to address the issue of youth justice in Queensland. Opened by the Attorney General, the Hon Yvette D’Ath, the Forum featured keynote addresses from Judge Andrew Beecroft – Principal Youth Court Judge NZ, Mr Rob Hulls – former Attorney-General of Victoria and Director of the Innovative Justice Research Centre, and Professor Pamela Snow – La Trobe University. Each keynote address was followed by roundtable dialogues, and the Forum was concluded with a panel discussion seeking a blueprint for the future of youth justice administration in Queensland.



Monday 20th October, 2014

This one-day conference for teachers and school leaders at the Australian Trade College, Scarborough, featured two keynote presentations: The Neuroscience of Relationships with Nathan Wallis and The Matter of Relationships with Peta Blood. It included workshops on The Emotion Brain and the Learning Brain, Undercover Antibullying Teams, Maintaining the Momentum with RP, RP and Relational Pedagogy and more. Over 140 delegates enjoyed a fruitful, informative day together for the benefit of the young people with which they work.





Affect & Emotion in the Restorative School

A series of three Workshops conducted around Southeast Queensland in May and July 2014.

In the workshops, presenter Graeme George explained how understanding the biology of human emotion gives teachers valuable insights into behavioural issues, and how restorative approaches can work so well to build and nurture relationships in a school. This series of three workshops drew from a number of areas in psychology to help teachers better understand human behaviour and motivation, how restorative processes work, and how we can help build psychological resilience and develop learning skills. The psychology of the learning process was explored to help the group develop a vision of pedagogy that builds relationship while challenging students to academic success.






Inside the Sycamore Tree Prison Program

Martin Howard (Prison Fellowship) & Ross Thompson (Qld Homicide Victims Support Group)

In April 2013, Martin and Ross presented to an enthusiastic group remarkable stories from their involvement in the Sycamore Tree Program. Almost one third of Aussies have been victims of some kind of crime. Chances are, everyone at the workshop knew a few.

The Sycamore Tree Project is a remarkable program which brings groups of crime survivors into prison to meet with unrelated offenders over a two-month period. Research from the UK and NZ has found that the program significantly increases cognitive empathy.




November, 2011

The newly-formed Queensland Chapter was launched in November, 2011 at a function hosted by Griffith University at Southbank, Brisbane. Over one hundred members of the local community gathered to initiate the Chapter, formally opened by Judge John Robertson and RPI Chair Leigh Garrett. A lecture by Prof Pamela Snow addressed the issue of verbal competence for engagement with the justice system and implications of her research for restorative practitioners. Judges, police, Youth Justice, teachers, principals, social workers, chaplains, and interested community members made up the energetic audience.



To contact the Queensland Chapter Committee, please email secretary@rpiqueensland.org

Marg Thorsborne
Chair – Queensland Chapter