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Students Resolving Conflict:
Peer Mediation in Schools
A complete guide to implementing, operating, and maintaining peer mediation programs.
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Welcome to the June issue of The School Mediator.
This month we are doing things a bit differently. Instead of our usual article, we are conducting a webinar entitled "Peer Mediation and Bullying Prevention: Untangling a Complicated Relationship." It will be held on June 30th, and then repeated on September 15th.
We'd be delighted to have you join us. See below for more information, including how to register.
Have a wonderful Summer!
Wishing you the best, wherever you are,
Founder and Director
School Mediation Associates
Peer Mediation and
Bullying Prevention: Untangling a Complicated Relationship
Are you confused about how peer mediation and bullying
prevention efforts can work together?
Do you have difficulty deciding where to refer student
Do you want to help students who bully repair the harm that
answered yes to any of these questions, then you'll be interested in attending
Peer Mediation and Bullying Prevention: Untangling a Complicated Relationship
Interpersonal conflict is a normal part of life in every
school. To teach young people
conflict resolution skills and empower them to resolve these disputes,
educators around the world operate peer mediation programs. Decades of research has demonstrated
the efficacy of peer mediation programs and the benefits they provide to
students and to their schools.
At the same time, there is renewed and welcome interest in
preventing bullying from occurring in schools, and effectively intervening when
it does. Increasing numbers of
schools are implementing, or considering implementing, comprehensive bullying
prevention efforts. Bullying
constitutes a class of interpersonal conflicts, however, which are typically
not well served by peer mediation programs.
Educators currently struggle to integrate these two important,
related, yet significantly different efforts. While the literature for both efforts provide many
guidelines, real world conflicts can be messy and not fit the neat distinctions
outlined in books.
A great many interpersonal conflicts, for example, involve some
degree of harassment of one student by another. Might students involved in such conflicts be better served
by a bullying prevention approach than by peer mediation? And is there ever a place to bring
students who bully and students whom they target together? If so, should mediation or some other
process be utilized?
Join Richard Cohen, founder and director of School Mediation
Associates, and Amy Flemming, school psychologist at the Nock Middle School in
Newburyport, Massachusetts, for an exploration of these and other important questions. Amy coordinates both the peer mediation
program and the bullying prevention effort at her school, and Richard has
helped hundreds of schools implement these programs.
Managing both a peer mediation program and a bullying prevention
effort requires a nuanced understanding of conflict, careful oversight, and a
high degree of coordination among educators in a building.
Peer Mediation and
Bullying Prevention: Untangling a
Complicated Relationship will provide useful tools, sharpen your thinking, and
increase your effectiveness in managing conflict and preventing bullying in
The webinar will be held live twice: Once on
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 from 2:30 to 3:30 Eastern
Standard Time. And again on
September 15th, 2010 from 2:30 to 3:30 Eastern Standard Time. The programs are identical.
Registration is $39.00 early registration, and $49
after that. The registration fee
enables you to participate in the program live. It also provides ongoing access to a recording (both audio and visual) of the
be made by using Paypal or a credit card.
Space is limited, so register early.
Follow these links to register:
June 30th Webinar
September 15th Webinar
Log in information and password will be sent in advance of the