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The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice

The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice

How Affect Script Psychology Explains How and Why Restorative Practice Works

Edited by Vernon C. Kelly, Jr. and Margaret Thorsborne

Quick Overview

This book explains the biological theory behind Restorative Practice (RP), showing how and why RP works. Through case studies of RP in different settings, including criminal justice, organizational settings and education, the book shows how the theory of Affect Script Psychology provides the basis for RP, and how theory can be applied in practice.
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Paperback / softback
2014, 8.98in x 5.98in / 228mm x 152mm, 272pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-974-9
2014, ePUB, 272pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-866-4
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How and why does restorative practice (RP) work? This book presents the biological theory, affect script psychology (ASP), behind RP, and shows how it works in practice in different settings.

ASP explains how the central nervous system triggers 'affects' which are the basis of all human motivation and emotion. The book presents a clear explanation of what ASP is, how it relates to RP, and how ASP helps practitioners to understand relationships, emotions and dynamics in their work. The chapters are based around case studies which demonstrate RP in criminal justice, organizational and education settings. They show how theory links to practice, and how having a deep understanding of the theory has helped practitioners to be successful in their work.

Providing an accessible explanation of how RP works, this book will be invaluable to all RP practitioners in any setting, as well as RP students and academics.


'This is an impressive, thought-provoking and well-written book. It is a valuable contribution on the theory of Restorative thinking, justice and practice. The way in which the authors have cleverly translated theory into practice is both authentic and informative. This really comes alive through the sharing of real inspiring case studies, which allows us to access the theory in a way that translates into every day practice. I would recommend this book to all those wanting to understand Restorative Practice and its true value in society today and the future.'
- Mark Finnis, Director, Mark Finnis Training and Consultancy and Trustee of Restorative Justice Council, UK

'This is a splendid contribution to clarifying what we know and what we do not yet understand about what makes restorative justice fail or succeed. While much research and reflective practice remains to be done to fill great voids in our understanding, this book takes big steps forward. It is at once theoretically sophisticated and practically useful.'
- John Braithwaite, Distinguished Professor, Australian National University