Joe Provisor, M.A, LMFT, is the founder of TLC—Teaching and Learning in Circles, formerly CIS—Council in Schools. He holds two Masters Degrees in English and Clinical Psychology, is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and has been a public school teacher for over thirty years. He began council practice with public school students in 1986, uses the process in his therapeutic practice, and has been an Ojai Foundation Council Trainer since 1994, providing workshops for educators, therapists, and business people nationally and internationally. From 2006 to December 2013 he served as Program Specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where with Monica Chinlund he founded the Council Practitioners’ Center (CPC) through the district’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and School Support. The CPC brought council and restorative practices to over 65 LA schools.
Joe is also the author of numerous curricular and training materials for language arts instruction and for the council process, including An Introduction to Council for Educators: Training Manual. He is currently at work on a book to be titled Teaching and Learning in Circles: Council Ways in Education. He first wandered up the hill to the Ojai Foundation in 1980 for a workshop with poet Alan Ginsburg, and after another TOF workshop with poet Robert Bly, he entered circle practice where he began and still continues in recovery from the illusion of separateness.