Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping
Shelters for the homeless, Deliberative democracy, Restorative justice
Among the core competencies of macro practitioners are the skills to design, implement and evaluate conflict resolution processes. Drawing upon theories of deliberative democracy, restorative justice and the Just Practice framework, this paper explores a process of deliberation which engaged 200 community members in the controversial siting of a homeless shelter. This case study is both descriptive and reflective: by offering an in-depth description of the process and a reflection on the guiding values, this paper provides critical insight into best practices in – and limitations of – using deliberation to resolve divisive community issues.
Thurber, A. (2017). Housing a homeless shelter: A case study of community deliberation. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 22(2). 28-38.