Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bias Awareness Webinar

If you missed our free Bias Awareness webinar hosted by Pris Prutzman, please view the recording on the OPMP You Tube Channel. Stay tuned for our next webinar on April 25th on Restorative Practices.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bias Awareness Webinar


April 11, 2018

Co-hosted by Priscilla Prutzman, Co-founder and Executive Director of Creative Response to Conflict.  In this webinar, Pris will discuss how CRC started doing bias awareness work with schools and community organizations. She will explain the CRC model which starts out with group building and then moves to looking at the types of biases from personal, cultural and institutional perspectives. Participants then look at the bias they have experienced and move toward practicing ways of interrupting bias. Power and non power groups are explored along with implicit and explicit bias. The model concludes with looking at ways we can have safer and more welcoming schools and communities.

Priscilla Prutzman is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Creative Response to Conflict. She has taught Conflict Resolution in Education at  SUNY New Paltz for several years. On the Fulbright Roster for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Priscilla has written many articles and books on mediation, conflict resolution, bias awareness , bullying prevention and intervention and restorative practices. She is co-author of the Peer Mediation Standards of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)  and has received many awards including the National Peace Foundation Peacemaker Award, The Peace and Justice Studies Association Peacemaker of the Year Award,  the 1st annual William Kriedler Award for Distinguished service to the field of Conflict Resolution and the Equity and Diversity award from ACR. She is currently working in several New York City Schools helping to implement whole school approaches to restorative practices.

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Visit the CRC website for more information!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Principles and Practices of Restorative Justice Webinar

Join OPMP for our free March webinar

New Date: April 25th @ 6 PM EST
Principles and Practices of Restorative Justice
Hosted by Vickie Shoap, Fairfax, VA Schools

This webinar will present information on the principles and practices of Restorative Justice and the Initiative in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia and in the very diverse Fairfax County communities. Restorative Justice is utilized in Fairfax County for school discipline response as well as for juvenile justice diversion programs for youth in schools and in the community.

Vickie Shoap is a Restorative Justice Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Fairfax County, Virginia is the 10th largest school system in the United States. Fairfax County is just across the Potomac River from Washington DC and currently has 1,200,000 residents. The county’s public schools serve over 190,000 students from over 200 countries. More than 200 languages are spoken in Fairfax County Public Schools. Restorative Justice became discipline policy in 2011 as an alternative to traditional discipline such as suspension and recommendation for expulsion. Restorative Practices are also implemented in FCPS classrooms, school community building circles and attendance circle programs. Restorative justice is available to all FCPS schools K-12 and is utilized for prevention as well as intervention.      
With over 25 years’ experience in the restorative justice field in both criminal justice and schools in Virginia, Vickie Shoap is a national restorative justice practitioner and trainer in the principles and practice of Restorative Justice in schools and juvenile courts. Vickie is the former Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Prince William County Virginia 31st Judicial Circuit and Juvenile Courts and the former President of the Restorative Justice Association of Virginia. Vickie has written restorative justice training programs and facilitator manuals for the Virginia Department of Education and the Supreme Court of Virginia Office of Dispute Resolution.               

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Recognize and Promote Your Peer Mediation Program During National Peer Helping Week!

Join the National Association of Peer Program Professionals for its free February webinar.  This month's webinar will prepare peer mediation coordinators on how to promote and recognize their mediation program in their schools.  All participants will learn about National Peer Helping Week and how to use their free kit.

Date: February 26th
Time:  6:00 PM EST

See registration link below...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Restorative Teacher-Student Mediation Webinar

If you missed the December 6th webinar on student-teacher mediation from Ed-Web, please check out the recording here.

Ondine Gross speaks about her experiences with establishing and coordinating a student-teacher mediation program in her high school in Illinois.  In the webinar, Ondine gives the following information about her mediation program:

  • How mediation is used as a Tier 2 intervention in her school;
  • Benefits of using student-teacher mediation;
  • Overview of the student-teacher mediation process;
  • Results of the data from student-teacher mediation (2011-2014);
  • Comments from teachers and students about the mediation process;
  • Helpful tips on how to get started.
Not sure about student-teacher mediation? Check out the video demonstration she provides for webinar participants. Go to this link to view the video

Want to know more about Ondine?  Check out her website.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Conflict Coaching Free Webinar

The Online Peer Mediation Platform is pleased to offer our first free webinar of 2018!  Join Pattie Porter, President of Conflict Connections, as she discusses the conflict coaching process.

About Pattie...

Pattie Porter is President of Conflict Connections®, Inc.,  a small woman-owned business located in San Antonio, Texas. In 1994, Pattie's journey began to assist people manage and resolve conflict in their lives and work. Thousands of employees including work teams and senior leadership learned through training , education and coaching how to release their angst and move forward with more productive relationships and constructive action steps.  Pattie's experiences services and training span federal and state governmental agencies, mid-to-large size corporations, family businesses, and higher education institutions throughout the United States and internationally.
Pattie earned her Master's of Social Work (MSW) degree at Delaware State University and holds her license as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in Texas. Pattie also holds the following credentials and certifications in the dispute resolution field.

The webinar covers the following topics:

What is conflict coaching? (e.g. definition)
How can conflict coaching be used to assist clients? (before, during or after a conflict event)
What key principles guide conflict coaches? (e.g. self-determination, not giving advice, facilitative)
How is conflict coaching different from mediation and therapy?
What does it mean to be conflict competent?
What does the CINERGY conflict management coaching model look like (e.g. Introduce the 7 stages)
Provide a case example
Q and A time

Link for registration:

Friday, December 22, 2017