Conference Presentations, Papers & Professional Development Workshops
I have made presentations and delivered Professional Development Workshops and Seminars to teachers in a number of Australian schools, and worked with school leaders on their Restorative Practices and Teaching and Learning implementation and reform plans. Just some of the Conference papers and Workshops I have presented are listed below. If you are interested in working out a tailored program of PD and implementation for your school, or are just seeking an experienced 'critical friend', please contact me.
with Mind and Heart: Affect in the Restorative
George, GB 
This free eBook outlines how the insights of affect script psychology can have direct, immediate application to the moral, emotional work of teachers in schools, both in the area of behaviour and relationship management through restorative practices, and in the teaching and learning process in the classroom.
Download the free eBook here.
Why Restorative Practices? George, GB 
Keynote address given at the RPI.QLD State Conference 2016, held at Villanova College, Brisbane on Monday 17th October 2016. In this address, Graeme presented a case that we try to work restoratively because we are teachers - that RP is in alignment with the essential nature of our role as teachers. [Slides used in the Presentation pdf]
Teaching with Mind and Heart: Affect & Emotion in the Restorative School. George, GB 
This Half-Day Workshop was given at the fifth Restorative Practices International Conference in Hobart in March 2015, and again in Adelaide for RPI South Australia.
Understanding the biology of human emotion, motivation and cognition can give teachers valuable insights into behavioural issues, how restorative approaches can work so well to build and nurture relationships in a school, and how emotions affect learning. This half-day workshop drew from research in psychology, neuroscience, and education to help us better understand our emotional lives, and those of our students; and in particular, the important role that the moral emotions shame, guilt and empathy play in human development. These understandings were integrated in order to explore human behaviour and motivation, how restorative processes can work better, and how best to build psychological resilience while promoting the development of higher-order learning skills in our students. The psychology of the learning process itself was explored to help envision a relational pedagogy through which teachers can challenge students to higher levels of academic achievement and fulfilment through strong, supportive classroom relationships. [Notes from the Presentation pdf]
Just Relationships: Restorative Practices in the Catholic
George, GB 
Just Relationships: Restorative Practices in the Catholic School. George, GB 
Restorative Practices' focus on relationships is echoed in the Catholic tradition of justice, the scriptural tradition, and the Church's Social Teaching. This paper explores the way in which restorative approaches in schools enables teachers to participate in an active ministry of reconciliation, more closely living the values of their faith community. Read the paper here
An extended version of this paper which also addresses the particular charism of an Augustinian school, and its fit with Restorative Practices is available here. Read the Augustinian version of this paper here.
The Biological Bases of Our
Emotions and Motivations
George, GB & Marshall, PR 
The Biological Bases of Our Emotions and Motivations George, GB & Marshall, PR 
This article introduces the reader to the theory of Affect and Script Psychology developed from the work of Silvan S Tomkins, an American Psychologist and Philosopher of the late Twentieth Century. Tomkins's work explores the biological basis for affect and emotion and gives striking insights into what motivates human behaviour both individually and in groups. Central to this understanding is Tomkins's description of nine innate affects and how our emotional life is built from these into scripts which guide our behaviour. The Shame family of emotions is particularly relevant in human relationships. Read the paper here
Affect and Emotion in a Restorative School. 
This chapter explores the application of Affect Script Psychology to understanding the emotional dynamics of the learning process in the classroom. It proposes a framework for understanding the shame involved in learning, and how the teacher might work alongside learners to help them develop resilience and stay engaged, even when the subject matter is quite daunting. Insights into the complex emotions involved in education provide a template for educators at all levels to get the best out of their students. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Restorative Practices involving Adults in Schools. 
This presentation introduced delegates to the fundamentals of Restorative Practices in schools, its philosophy and practice, before exploring how this approach can be used to deal with adult wrongdoing and conflict in the school environment. The concept of a Workplace Conference to deal with conflict or generalised dysfunction in teacher teams was explored before extending the philosophy to those more informal interactions school personnel have with colleagues and parents. The emotional dynamics of these interactions gave insights into how we can productively deal with conflict and confrontation within the workplace. Presentation slide here. [pdf 7MB]
Affect and Emotion in the Restorative School. 
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 workshop drew from a number of areas in psychology to help participants better understand human behaviour and motivation, how restorative processes work, and how to build psychological resilience and develop learning skills. The psychology of the learning process was explored to help develop a pedagogy that builds relationship while challenging students to academic success. The accompanying notes for this Workshop can be found here. [pdf 400kB]
Affect and Emotion in the Restorative School. 
Navigating beyond the Compass: Shame, Guilt and Empathy in RP.  [Paper pdf file 0.17MB]
Restorative Practices - Professional Development
Some of the PD Workshops I have developed for particular schools include:
RP101 - Theory, Philosophy & Practice: "This introductory workshop explores the philosophy and practice of Restorative Practices and the connections to our Augustinian charism, drawing on the work of the pioneers in the field and our own experience. The workshop covers the aims, objectives and methods of RP as well as some key related issues such as shame management, identity-formation and community-building through strong, healthy relationships. RP101 builds on the issues presented in the Staff Induction program and through the sessions conducted for all staff on the Staff Days, and assumes some working familiarity with the field of RP. As such, it is a suitable workshop for those ready to take their learning in this area a little further, or as a ‘refresher’ for those who have been working in RP for some time."
RP102 - The Framework in Action: "This workshop builds on RP101 to enable participants to explore some specific practices within the RP field in order to strengthen their ability to work restoratively with students, parents and teachers. The workshop aims for deeper insights into the Restorative approach through examining the use of the Community Conference, the use of circles in building community within classrooms and a particular technique for ‘Restorative Interviewing’. This advanced workshop challenges us to explore our own practice by learning more about the specific techniques of RP and examining why and how they are successful in encouraging behavioural change. It follows on from RP101 and assumes a greater familiarity with the basics of the philosophy and practice of RP."
RP201 - Conference Facilitator Training Program: "This intensive four-session program aims to give participants a deeper understanding of the Community Conference process through developing the skills to actually conduct restorative conferences where incidents of misconduct warrant them. This practical program includes demonstration and practice of the structured conference meeting, understanding and managing of the emotional dynamics in these meetings, and planning around implementation issues. This four-session program is designed to give participants the necessary background and initial skills to become a member of our Conference Facilitation team, but would benefit anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the dynamics of RP. On successful completion of this program, participants could be able to gain further practical experience by co-facilitating conferences with a more experienced leader, eventually being able to conduct conferences themselves. Others might simply be interested in gaining a fuller understanding of the Conference process without the intention of facilitating them themselves."
RP301 - Affect Script Psychology: Shame, Guilt and Empathy development: "This advanced workshop begins with a detailed exploration of Affect Script Psychology in order to better understand human behaviour, including human motivations and the requirements for contented, fulfilled individuals and groups. The workshop then considers the shame family of emotions and, in particular, the difference between shame and guilt. Recent psychological research suggests a critical difference between these oft-confused emotions - a difference which can lead to differing life-long consequences for those prone to shame versus those prone to guilt. Finally, the workshop explores ways in which our students’ experience of schooling - in the classroom, in the playground and on the sporting field - can be structured so as to best promote mental health and a positive, developing conscience."
An Introduction to the Philosophy & Practice of Restorative Practices: This workshop was designed to introduce (and re-introduce) a school staff group to the philosophy of Restorative Practices in order to prepare for more detailed work on developed restorative skills. It was conducted for a whole-staff group of approximately 40 teachers and administrators in a rural school. The Workshop was followed up on the second day by work on extending this philosophy and practice into the classroom. In particular, the role of the emotions in the learning process was explored with the staff.