Elaine Shpungin Ph.D.
Director, Psychological Services Center of Psychology
Dr. Shpungin has been the Director of the Psychological Services Center, the training, research, and practice site of the Clinical-Community division, since 2004. The PSC allows advanced doctoral students from the program, under faculty supervision, to conduct research and provide a variety of cutting edge psychological services to community residents. Services include therapy, evaluations, psycho-education, outreach, and innovative programming.
- Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice
I am currently interested in examining the outcomes and mechanisms of restorative practices in general, and Dominic Barter's Restorative Circles process in particular - as applied in communities, campuses, organizations and families.
Restorative Circles use a facilitated dialogue to help parties involved in a conflict or painful event to increase mutual understanding and self-responsibility, eventually coming to agreed actions for moving forward.
The UIUC Psychological Services Center currently houses a small Conflict Clinic which has been offering Restorative Circle facilitation and educational workshops to the local community (e.g., at the Juvenile Detention Center), to several campus organizations and residence halls, and to the broader Midwest region.
We are currently in the process of collaborating on a pilot study of Circle participant and Circle facilitator experiences in the U.S. and in several international communities.
- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Community Psychology focus from Michigan State University (2002)
Distinctions / Awards
- LAS Professional Academic Award (2010)
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