In the Workplace
Our talented team has extensive experience working with organization’s. They'll remind you what is “normal” in a workplace culture that is dealing with challenges and provide you with support through the process. Change and conflict creates discomfort and tension. While this is to be expected, these feelings can be defused by a good trainer and coach, which is what you’ll find with our team.
In Criminal Justice
We are passionate about Restorative Justice and its practical impact and ability to turn youth who are headed down the wrong path towards a more productive outcome. Our team is consistent and positive to work with in creating programming and meeting your needs as they change. We care about all parties involved. We are transparent as we share with you the position, interests and outcome of each case.
With a blend of compassion, professionalism and excellent customer service, we freely share our years of knowledge and expertise. We interact with mindfulness, stories of encouragement, and questions that engage participants' “what if” thinking. We bring comfort, empathy and equity to every interaction while challenging all to grow and be their best possible selves.
"Throughout the last four years of working with Tamara she has shown compassion, professionalism and excellent customer service to everyone she has worked with here at the department. She has challenged our department to grow in this area of inclusiveness and has provided us with the tools and skills to do so. It has been a pleasure to work with Tamara and I would recommend her as a consultant, trainer and coach to other agencies/companies embarking on creating a more inclusive environment."
Training Coordinator for Children, Youth & Families
Jefferson County Department of Human Services
Provide restorative processes that invoke respect, responsibility, and repair. Empower individuals to transition from harm into meaningful and productive relationships with families, co-workers, and communities.
Individuals, families, and agencies develop the skills for restorative conversations that create thriving peaceful communities where everyone belongs and feels like they matter.
We are committed to ensuring all people, especially those whose voices have been historically marginalized, have an equal voice and share equal rights and opportunities in the family, workplace, school, community.
We seek to understand the needs of all living beings and to respond with care and compassion.
We believe the best ideas, the most innovative creations, and the most thoughtful approaches are multidisciplinary, cross-cultural, gender-inclusive, and include multiple viewpoints.
We are willing to go first, do hard things, speak truth, advocate for justice, and embrace the unknown.
We ask why. We explore new ideas. We embrace science. We love theory. We apply what we have learned.
Tamara Sherwood, is the founder & CEO of Restorative Transformation. She is an executive board member of Colorado Coalition for Restorative Justice Practices (CCRJP)and an active member of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ). She is an accomplished trainer, consultant, mediator, restorative justice facilitator and conflict coach. A leader in her field, Tamara’s 25 years of experience working in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) field enables her to understand complex relationship issues in areas such as family conflicts, board/staff disagreements, and neighborhood disputes. Tamara has consulted with multiple nonprofit organizations as a strategic planner to facilitate their capacity-building efforts and sustainability. She has implemented statewide training workshops and conferences for Colorado’s nonprofit professionals on leadership, equity and inclusiveness; grant writing; board development and financial management. Her passion and persistence has earned her a seat at the table for all things Restorative Justice. She’s a must to have on your team. Contact her at Tamara@restorativetransformation.com
Tamara is doing a four part class on parenting; this class has proven to be extremely helpful to our residents.
There has been much interaction between Tamara and the parents with roleplaying and questions.
Those in attendance are able to leave the class excited to work with their children using newly learned, positive parenting skills.
The resources which have been provided have been invaluable to the families who have participated in these classes.
Lynnette J. Baker
The Salvation Army, Lambuth Family Center
Options Alternative Middle School
I have had the opportunity to work with Tamara for the last four years on the Options Secondary Campus in Littleton Public Schools. Without hesitation, Tamara is passionate about restorative practices.
Tamara has collaborated with our Restorative Practices Coordinator. Over the four years she has been here, Tamara has facilitated training for our staff, co-facilitated restorative circles, taught social-emotional curriculum to students, and led family group conferencing.
The Family Group Conferencing has provided support to our students and families struggling with behaviors that impact school success like substance use and attendance issues. These conferences have been a helpful intervention for some families.
I have been a public educator and administrator for seventeen years and believe strongly in the power of restorative practices. Tamara is dedicated, intelligent, and positive.
Ashley Broer Ph.D.
Options Middle School
My relationship with Tamara began when she was hired to provide multiple cultural awareness trainings for the staff of Jefferson County Department of Human Services. Not only has Tamara been consistent, but she has been a pleasure to work with in creating these trainings and meeting our needs as they continue to change.
As any agency that has embarked on creating a more inclusive environment probably knows, we, as a department have had some challenges with this effort. We have faced some resistance and have had to confront our own biases in order to lead this initiative. Tamara specifically, has assisted us during this process by reminding us we are not abnormal to be facing these challenges, but also provided us support through this process.
During the trainings that were provided to our staff we encountered reports of discomfort and tension. While these are to be expected, these feelings can also be diffused by a good trainer, which is what Tamara sought to do in each of the trainings she facilitated. Tamara responded to feedback with professionalism and tailored her training skills to fit our needs each time.
The trainings that Tamara facilitated with during her work with our department are as follows:
- Cultural Awareness/Inclusiveness Training (discovering your own biases and how these relate to your work with your clients) – day long training for all staff
- Brown Bag Lunch Discussions (rotating panel presentations with people from the communities speak about the myths, truths and barriers they face)– lunch hour presentations
- Family Dynamic Workshops for the African American, Latino, and American Indian communities (researched information about the common practices in each of these workshops related to family functioning and parenting) – half day workshops
- Courageous Conversations Train-the-Trainer
(training other trainers/facilitators/supervisors on how to have difficult conversations or address difficult comments during trainings) – one day long training
Throughout the last four years of working with Tamara she has shown compassion, professionalism and excellent customer service to everyone she has worked with here at the department. She has challenged our department to grow in this area of inclusiveness and has provided us with the tools and skills to do so. It has been a pleasure to work with Tamara and I would recommend her as a consultant, trainer and coach to other agencies/companies embarking on creating a more inclusive environment.
Training Coordinator for Children, Youth & Families
Jefferson County Department of Human Services
I have very high regards and respect for Tamara as a Facilitator, Educator and Community Member.
Tamara facilitates our Family Group Conferences (FGC), Family Alternatives to Drugs (FAD) and Family Attendance Circles (FAC). I am most familiar with Tamara through her work in our Family Attendance Circles. These circles have been a catalyst in improving student attendance and behaviors, which are essential to global learning in school. A by-product of her intervention with the family is the relationships she builds with students and parents and between the families and our school.
Tamara is generous with her ideas and philosophy. She understands the work she does is important for this generation of students. Our sister high school adopted her work as their primary intervention for non-attending students and asked Tamara to mentor staff and counselors in order to reach families. Our district and the surrounding community has benefitted from her outreach and leadership in bringing families and schools together to talk about student attendance. I have been a part of her Groups and walked away thoroughly impressed and excited about the content.
Because of her willingness to help, positive attitude and professional abilities, I am positive Tamara will be an asset to your educational institution. She is open to new challenges, peoples, cultures and customs. She has a keen intelligence, with which to analyze and order her experience; irrepressible and outgoing personality; and an unusual ability for dealing with people of all ages and conditions.
C. Ron Mangum
Dean of Students
Options Secondary Program
Tamara Sherwood has had such an impact on the Young Parenting Program here at William Smith High School. One of the biggest problems our young people have today is learning to effectively communicate and resolve conflicts in their personal lives.
I am confident that the caring instruction and positive role modeling Tamara demonstrated in the classroom have made a lasting impression on each of these young women’s lives. Old habits are so very hard to break, and many of these girls have struggled with anger management, poor parenting models, and repeated broken, often disappointing relationships.
Every interaction I have observed of Tamara’s has been gentle, non-judgemental, and instructive. How fortunate we are to have benefited from your generous services! Our thanks and hopes for a continuing relationship.
Education Director, Young Parenting Program
William Smith High School
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