Restorative Justice is a process of healing from the harm caused by another person's actions. This process brings together, to the fullest extent possible, everyone who has been impacted by the specific harm. The goal is both accountability and healing in order to repair the harm and provide the opportunity to those most directly affected, to dialogue, problem solve and rebuild their lives and if warranted, their relationships.
The practice of Restorative Justice began in the mid 1970's and originated from the ancient concept of "Teshuva" (literally meaning repentance). This Old Testament process involves: Regret, taking full responsibility without excuses, acknowledgement of harm to others, reconciliation with the victim(s), making amends or repairing the harm, and resolve to change.
The use of Restorative Justice has evolved in the past several decades from a vision to a social movement used in a variety of settings such as: The juvenile and adult criminal justice system, school systems, workplaces, organizations dealing with violence and therapeutic settings where reconciliation and healing are part of treatment. In fact, Restorative Justice is listed under "best practice" therapeutic models with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs (OJJDP).
At the Birmingham Family Therapy Clinic (BFTC), we are proud to have incorporated the restorative justice process in our work since our doors opened in 1988. Many of our clients are dealing with the effects of sexual abuse and/or physical violence. These clients, especially our youngest, have taught us importance of using Restorative Justice to rebuild lives with resiliency, compassion and hope.
In 2009, the BFTC was awarded a federal grant through the Department of Justice to treat 15 families (victims/survivors, offenders and family members) with confirmed intra and/or extra familial sexual abuse and where contact was allowed between family members. Through this yearlong grant, we effectively treated clients working through sexual abuse, teaching constructive resolutions to emotional/behavioral challenges and lowering recidivism (relapse rate) of sexual abuse violence. Our program involved both therapeutic treatment and evaluation. The successful results are included in our final Department of Justice report below.
Full Restorative Justice Report (PDF)
Clients who participate in our Restorative Justice Project receive individual, couple, family and group therapy as part of treatment. In addition, there is a restorative justice component that promotes healing between offenders and victims.
Free 15-minute Consultation
If you believe that our Restorative Justice Program would benefit you, your partner or you child, take the first step toward positive change in your life. Call to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Tracey Stulberg at (248) 258-9189.
For over 25 years, Dr. Tracey Stulberg has successfully treated hundreds of individuals, couples and families, teaching them skills to resolve their issues and create healthy, loving relationships using Brief Therapy
What is Brief Therapy?
At the Birmingham Family Therapy Clinic, Inc. we practice Brief Therapy. Brief Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that utilizes client’s strengths and resources to help them effectively identify and resolve situations. Brief therapists help clients set realistic and measurable goals so that therapy is time-limited, ending when goals have been met. Brief therapy is successfully used to help couples, families, and individuals find long lasting solutions in a brief period of time - usually in less than 10 sessions. Learn more about the benefits of Brief Therapy.
What is Brief Family Therapy?
Brief Family Therapy gives you the tools to provide support, love and safety for your family members. When your family is facing life’s critical challenges, family members may need help to avoid or reverse destructive patterns. Brief family therapy addresses these challenges – separation, divorce, fighting and communication difficulties, financial hardships, additions or losses in family membership, violence, grief, illness, addiction and life-style issues.
Working together in therapy, families can help reduce the hurt, foster positive interactions and allow trust to develop. Even long-standing hostility or conflict may be replaced with positive, nurturing behaviors. Collaboratively, gently, and with mutual respect, family members can learn to support and feel safe with each other.
Respect, trust, support and safety are especially important in helping families resolve high conflict divorce issues. Using brief family therapy to assist with parenting time coordination and/or supervised visitation, family members can work toward an early resolution of these parenting time issues, which benefit children and parents alike.
Whether you are about to begin a new family, want to improve on your existing family relationship, or save a very troubled one, Brief family therapy can make a significant contribution.
Length of Therapy
Family Therapy sessions are client focused and solution directed using Brief Therapy. Clients collaborate with Dr. Stulberg in creating desired goals then actively participate in homework directed to test and fine- tune the skills used to resolve issues and achieve their goals. Therefore, therapy becomes more efficient and effective. Most clients successfully resolve their issues in 5 - 10 sessions!!
How to chose a Family Counselor or Family Therapist
Choosing a family therapist may be one of the most important relationship decisions that you make. Here are some guidelines to help you make a knowledgeable decision in improving your marriage.
- Make sure that you have chosen a licensed family counselor or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Licensed family counselors (more commonly referred to as marriage and family therapists, family therapists or MFT’s) are mental health professionals with a minimum of a master’s degree and two years of supervised clinical experience by a licensed marriage and family therapist. Only then are they licensed by their state as a LMFT.
- Make sure that your licensed family therapist has specific training and experience in marriage and family therapy. Are they a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)? While individual therapists focus on indentifying or processing feelings, marriage therapists require a very different set of skills. They focus on all clients’ descriptions and interaction patterns within their relationship while helping clients set realistic and measurable goals to resolve the issues that occur between them. Clinical members of AAMFT are licensed marriage and family therapists specifically trained to diagnose and treat these relationship problems from a family systems perspective and are experienced in providing family therapy. Only clinical members of AAMFT have met the educational, supervision and training standards of the association and are state licensed MFT’s. Make sure that your marriage counselor is a LMFT and clinical member of AAMFT.
- Think with your gut. I tell all of my clients, you are the consumer. If you feel that your family therapist is helping, then you will know in a few sessions. Stick with it, even when the work is hard. Trust your gut.
Don’t wait any longer to get help!
For over 25 years Dr. Tracey Stulberg has helped hundreds of families successfully resolve their issues and create healthy, loving relationships in less than 10 sessions.