virtue-based restorative discipline

Click here to access slides from a presentation on Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline delivered at the University of Dallas Ministry Conference. This presentation contains general information about VBRD as well as pertinent information about what the program offers.

VBRD Power Point Presentation


Virtue, Defined:

  1. A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
  2. The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.63

                                   Catechism of the Catholic Church

Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline offers teachers, parents, students, and schools, a way to cultivate virtue while repairing harm from bullying and other hurtful behaviors.

Goals of Restorative Discipline:

      * To understand the harm and develop empathy for both parties

      * To listen & respond to the needs of both parties

      * To encourage accountability & responsibility through personal reflection within a
      collaborative planning process

Guiding Principles:

      * Jesus specifically rejects 'an eye for an eye’

      * What can we consider low, mid, high level incidents and low, mid, high level response


Components for prevention

      * Staff Development – we are working to identify problems/refine the process

      * Class Meetings – we are committed to helping students grow emotionally

      * Parent Discussions – a way to build stronger families committed to the process

      * Building Community – expanding our efforts to build healthy relationships among adults

    For more information or to request Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline program for your school, contact Lynne Lang at