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Wed, May 10


Adler University

The Restorative Practice of Self-Regulation

Bringing wellbeing to Restorative Justice. Discover game changing insights you can use throughout the day to feel better. Develop a set of simple self-care and co-care practices you can share with others as part of your restorative justice efforts.

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The Restorative Practice of Self-Regulation
The Restorative Practice of Self-Regulation

Time & Location

May 10, 2023, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

Adler University, 17 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA


About the event

Being a Restorative Justice Practitioner is needed and important. It is also stressful, heartfelt, and demanding. We know that trauma impacts the brain and the body, the “body keeps the score.” Our brains and bodies are also able to heal as we work with the intelligence of our bodies. Simple movement and breath practices can activate the restorative processes in our bodies. Connect with the ease and peace within. Help our brains come out of survival mode and reconnect with our natural brilliance.

Discover game changing insights we can use throughout the day to feel more energy, mental clarity, and connection. Find out what works for each person by experiencing practices that are rooted in the latest research in neuroscience, anatomy, polyvagal theory, energy medicine, and somatic (body) intelligence. 

Learning Objectives for Attendees:

  1. Experience the restorative power of your breath and tap into the healing power of breath.
  2. Explore how your body can help you restore balance after a stressful event or situation.
  3. Develop a set of simple self-care and co-care practices you can share with others as part of your restorative justice efforts.
  4. Explore restorative anatomy as a complement to restorative justice.


Vanessa Westley is a retired 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. She has served in various positions within the department’s patrol division and other units and as project manager for the Mayor’s office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships. Additionally, Vanessa is an Illinois State-certified law enforcement trainer. Currently, she serves as Illinois’ Restorative Justice Coordinator for Healing Beyond Harm, a restorative crime survivor engagement strategy, which facilitates safe spaces for survivors to receive and process letters of apology written by incarcerated individuals. Also, at the request of any crime survivor, she facilitates a face-to-face dialogue about the harm caused to the survivors.

Teresa Posakony Teresa is a leader, innovator, trainer, and consultant in the Self-Healing and Resilient Communities movement. She works with individuals, organizations, and communities globally to help us realize our innate capacity to flourish. Teresa is a passionate student, researching at the intersection of neuroscience, anatomy, energy medicine, and somatic intelligence. She loves seeing the change that happens when people discover the exquisite intelligence of their bodies and learn how to work with it. She has an Anatomy Specialization from the University of Michigan and advanced anatomy training. Teresa has extensively studied somatic practice including: breathwork, posture, movement, and voice. Experience the Power of Ease Keys


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