Peer Mediation Training Program.
Peacemakers™ empowers students to assist their peers experiencing conflict. Peacemakers™ provides an exceptional opportunity for students to become their school’s ‘Peacemaker’ mediators and utilize communication, cooperation, and problem-solving skills to help their peers solve real life issues.
The Peacemakers™ program includes: an entrance interview with the school leadership team; 1-hour online staff orientation session; 36-hour online training for 4 educators: 20-hour online training for 16 students (high school) or 16-hour online training for 16 students (middle school); and 18 hours of policy making, implementation and evaluation training, role-playing, and program support with mediation team leaders and students.
Peacemakers™ includes: a single site | 1 year license; all program modules, units, and courses; downloadable manuals, forms, certificates of completion, and graduation tassels; 36-hour online training for 4 educators: 20-hour online training for 16 students (high schools) or 16-hour online training for 16 students (middle schools); and 18 hours of policy making, implementation and evaluation training, role-playing, and program support with mediation team leaders and students.
Mediator trainees must attend all 36 hours to receive a certificate of completion. Successful completion of the mediator trainer curriculum is is a prerequisite for teachers to participate in the Peacemakers training experience.
**The Peacemakers™ curriculum does not ensure a student’s competency as a mediator or qualify the adults who participate to train others as peer mediators. Mediator and trainer competency is best assessed through apprenticing with an experienced mediator (or trainer), supervised development, and experience.
**Effective and well-trained mediators can be essential in improving school climate, modeling appropriate conflict skills, decreasing incidents of violence, and providing an alternative to traditional systems of discipline (reducing the school to prison pipeline). School disciplinary policies should include peer mediation as an option for resolving incidents brought about by interpersonal, intergroup, or institutional disputes.
The Peacemakers™ peer mediation training curriculum meets all of the Association for Conflict Resolution School Mediation Training Guidelines.
Annual Participation Fee
Following Year 1, an Annual Participation Fee will be assessed for each program site choosing to continue the program.
The annual participation fee of $4,700 includes: a single site | 1 year license; all modules, units, or courses in the program; downloadable manuals, forms, certificates of completion, and graduation tassels; 36-hour online training for 4 educators: 20-hour online training for 16 students (high school students) or 16-hour online training for 16 students (middle school students); and 10 hours of policy making, implementation and evaluation training, role-playing, and program support with mediation team leaders and students.
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Researchers have found that peer mediation is an effective student-centered approach for addressing student violence in schools. But why?
- Students can solve their own problems without adult interference. Adult imposed models often fail to provide desired positive change in students’ behavior and in preparing them for more serious future interpersonal conflict;
- Peer mediation has been found to be successful in reducing violence and racism;
- Both peer mediators and disputants can gain valuable life skills;
- Educators have found peer mediation to yield a high rate of success among students and teacher;
- Peer mediation encourages democratic learning such as modeling, critical reasoning, and shared authority which encourages successful teamwork.
What is peer mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary process where students in conflict voluntarily work with a neutral third party (peer mediator) to peacefully resolve their dispute. For mediation to be a viable option in a school, certain circumstances are necessary. These include voluntary participation for the participants, a safe and respectful environment, a reasonable balance of power between the disputants, and the willingness of both parties to take responsibility for resolving the dispute. Participants are guaranteed a confidential process, where everything said, done, or written is kept in the room, unless it falls under an exception to confidentiality (criminal behavior, abuse, harm to self, or threats of harm).
How to choose student “Peacemaker” mediators?
The Association for Conflict Resolution Peer Mediation Standards state that schools should select a mediation coordinator to organize the program. This coordinator will choose a diverse group of 12-15 students to participate in the online peer mediation skills training course. Peer mediation training for high school student run approximately 18-25 hours. When choosing students, schools should consider students from a cross section of the school community.
This Peacemakers™ curriculum includes a learning-by-doing approach. Although this type of learning is effective, it does require self-initiative and discipline by the student. This training will incorporate presentation methods that engage as many learning styles as possible for a group of diverse learners. The learning by doing model is grounded in educational research and is found to be effective in helping students retain information and skills.
Appropriate Application of Peer Mediation
The Association of Conflict Resolution Programmatic Standards specify the types of disputes appropriate and not appropriate for conflict resolution.
Types of disputes must be established with mediators and advertised in the school.
- Name Calling
- Property Disputes
- Sexual Harassment
- Illegal Activity (drugs, violence, weapons)
- Reduction in school violence;
- Improved relationships;
- Positive learning environment;
- Reduced classroom disruptions;
- Reduced suspensions;
- Increased attendance;
- Decrease in serious behavioral disruptions.
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