Stephen Jackson a Restorative Justice practitioner with over 10 years of experience. He develops and implements trainings for organizations looking to implement evidence based Restorative practices to improve relationships and outcomes. In 2016 he became the Social Services Specialist with the Oak Park Public Library where he aided the institution in becoming the 4th library in the nation to integrate Social Services in public libraries. In August of 2019 he transitioned into the newly formed Teen Services department as the Teen Services Coordinator where he was responsible for bolstering programming and service offerings to the teen population at Oak Park Public Library. In August of 2020 Stephen transitioned to managing the Teen Services department.
He uses his extensive background of serving communities to serve his community.
Stephen Jackson is a Master’s Level clinician in training who believes in the transformative power of the therapeutic relationship. It is through genuine connection and bonding that individuals achieve optimal balance in holistic wellbeing including the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical sides of themselves. As a Restorative justice practitioner with over 10 years of experience, Stephen has a wealth of understanding in forming meaningful connections and to empower others to becoming their best selves. Stephen utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach which emphasizes building rapport, effective listening and creating a safe space in which clients can see, hear and experience themselves to achieve their personal goals.
Stephen is currently in his final year of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at National Louis University and also develops and implements Restorative Justice trainings alongside his wife through their consulting agency Global Community Associates, LLC.