Proud to be Apologising

In New South Wales, high school students who have been suspended from school must attend a suspension resolution meeting with their parents and the school counsellor before they are allowed to return to school. Often, the students who fi nd themselves in this predicament are already disengaged from the school community and feel blamed, shamed and resentful. Their parents, also caught up in the punitive system, are often angry and embarrassed by their child’s actions. This paper tells the story of Ahmed, his serious offending, suspension and subsequent return to school. The story is intended to illustrate how psychodramatic action methods can be used with young people to assist them to develop the necessary skills to re-enter their school community with a sense of purpose and belonging, and some ideas about how to repair their relationships with peers.

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