Ground Rules


These ground rules are similar to those used in restorative justice circles and AVP (Alternatives to Violence) groups. I present the ground rules in the first class, review them in the second, and come back to them whenever there is a need. The purpose is to create an environment where people will feel safe enough to do the hard work of emotional self-examination.


  • Look for and affirm the good in everyone.
  • Don't put-down ourselves or others
  • Listen to what each person has to say.
    • Do not interrupt.
    • Share the floor with others
  • Observe Confidentiality
  • Everyone has a right to pass.


We read the ground rules in class. We talk about each, and I ask the group for a commitment to follow them.

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