TFT Between Children

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Trauma When a School Prank Goes Awry

by Lionel Mandy, JD, MBA, MSW

In one of my many professional capacities, I act as a volunteer mediator. This work is both interesting and rewarding to me.  The program for which I mediate involves first- and second-time juvenile offenders—ages 7 to 17. Mediation brings the victim and offender together in a non-court setting. The process gives the victim the opportunity to confront the offender with the financial, emotional, physical, and other effects that resulted from his or her offense.

The result of the process, when successful, is that the victim receives some form of restitution which the victim and offender agree to. The benefits are that the offender can reframe their priorities and choose a different life path. My work as the mediator is to guide the parties toward a mutual agreement—and to structure the process so that all parties are respected, honest, and focused on the issues at hand.

A few weeks back, I took part in such a mediation in South Los Angeles. The victim was Continue reading “TFT Between Children”