Thursday, October 10, 2019

OPMP Fall Free Webinar-Peer Mediation Standards




Priscilla Prutzman, Co founder and Executive Director, of Creative Response to Conflict (CRC, formerly Children's Creative Response to Conflict) will present a webinar on the background of the standards documents for Peer Mediation. Recommended Standards for School based Peer Mediation Programs was first published in 1996 by the National Association of Mediation in Education (NAME). 


NAME merged into the current Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) which revised the document that is available on the ACR website. 

Priscilla was on the committees for both documents and will discuss how they came about and how they continue to be used in schools today.


Join OPMP for our free webinar on Oct 29, 2019 @ 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada).  Please register in advance for this meeting: Registration Link 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Conflict Resolution Day Ideas for Schools

Although this webinar was recorded in 2016, it has a lot of great ideas for celebrating and promoting Conflict Resolution Day on October 17th.


Conflict Resolution Day 2019
Conflict Resolution Day 2016 - Online Peer Mediation Platform - Free Webinar
Presented by Dr. Cynthia Morton, Prof. Karen Devoogd and Giuseppe Leone to celebrate Conflict Resolution Day 2016, this webinar explains:
30-MIN VIDEO



PRESENTATION
To view/print the slides of the above presentation, click these links:

 >> Presentation in Google Slides format
 >> Presentation in PowerPoint format

CONFLICT RESOLUTION DAY TOOLKIT 
To view/print the Conflict Resolution Day Toolkit presented during our webinar click here

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Peace Cafe Webinar


In case you missed our Peace Café webinar earlier in the Spring hosted by Kyle Bruner, we wanted to share the video!

A Peace Café is an opportunity for people to have a peaceful, open, and honest discussion about tough subjects.  In this case the discussion is  about Mass Gun Violence.  This Peace Café will be a virtual one which means that you don't have to leave the comfort of your home.  There will be 4 subjects that will be facilitated by some of our Nations best facilitators.  You will be able to freely discuss how each of those subjects might or might not contribute to gun violence.



Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Peace Cafe' Webinar

Join us for our next OPMP event in March!  OPMP and Bruner Mediation will host its first Peace Cafe on March 27th @ 6 PM EDT.

What is a Peace Cafe?

A Peace Café is an opportunity for people to have a peaceful, open, and honest discussion about tough subjects.  In this case the discussion is  about Mass Gun Violence.  This Peace Café will be a virtual one which means that you don't have to leave the comfort of your home.  There will be 4 subjects that will be facilitated by some of our Nations best facilitators.  You will be able to freely discuss how each of those subjects might or might not contribute to gun violence.

Date: March 27, 2019

Time: 6:00  - 7:00pm

Where:
This will be an online event.  A link to the online group will be sent to participants' email address.

Sponsored by:

Registration Link: 

Details:
  • Rooms will be moderated by a prominent facilitators
  • Discussions will consist of 4 subjects and their effects on Mass Gun Violence
  • Open to The General Public
  • No Cost


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Before (and After) the Active Shooter Drill: Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution



If you missed our October webinar, "Before (and After) the Active Shooter Drill: Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution, you are in luck!  Please view and share our presentation!



Webinar Description: 

What are we currently doing to prevent school violence?  Active shooter drills,  metal detectors and armed resource officers are becoming more commonplace on school campuses.  California State University Professor Stephen Brock stated, “If you create a place where kids feel that adults care about them as a person and want to connect with them, it increases the probability that if there is going to be an act of violence, then adults will know about it and act to stop it” (Brodsky, 2016).  One approach to preventing gun violence is to create a change in mindset from reactionary to prevention policies (Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence, 2018).  It’s important to first identify and then address the causative factors. A wide variety of studies have found that peer mediation is a promising strategy for improving school climate.  According to attorney and mediator Jeanne Asherman, (2002), conflict resolution skills, like peer mediation, should be included in school curriculum and discipline protocols to decrease potential violence.  In the peer mediation process, students are trained as neutral parties who facilitate a conversation between their peers to peacefully resolve a conflict.  Students sit down with the peer mediators and address their concerns, such as name-calling, rumors, isolation, or destruction of property.  There is evidence that mediation can lead to fewer fights, a reduction in office referrals, and decreased rates of suspension.  Also, mediation has been shown to increase self-esteem and academic achievement. 


 Also, please check out the additional resources from our webinar.


Burger King Bullying Video



Create and upload a character image, icon, or emoji for your peer mediation or conflict resolution superhero.  Your superhero must be an original with a name, super power and slogan.  The top 3 finalists will be posted online.  Deadline is October 31, 2018.


Contact us about our resources, training, and partnership opportunities. 





Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you believe that all youth should be safe from bullying? Come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.



Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Student Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution Superhero Contest


As Conflict Resolution and Bully Prevention month comes to its final conclusion, the Online Peer Mediation Platform would like to engage students in sharing their conflict resolution superhero with other students around the world. If you have a peer mediation program, please have your students enter our contest to create and upload a character image, icon, or emoji of their peer mediation or conflict resolution superhero. The superhero must be an original creation/image with a name, super power and slogan. The top 3 finalists will be posted online and featured on the Online Peer Mediation Website.
Deadline for entry in the contest is October 31, 2018. Please feel free to share!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Before (and After) the Active Shooter Drill: Peer Mediation and Peaceful Conflict Resolution

What are we currently doing to prevent school violence?  Active shooter drills,  metal detectors and armed resource officers are becoming more commonplace on school campuses.  California State University Professor Stephen Brock stated, “If you create a place where kids feel that adults care about them as a person and want to connect with them, it increases the probability that if there is going to be an act of violence, then adults will know about it and act to stop it” (Brodsky, 2016).  One approach to preventing gun violence is to create a change in mindset from reactionary to prevention policies (Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence, 2018).  It’s important to first identify and then address the causative factors. A wide variety of studies have found that peer mediation is a promising strategy for improving school climate.  According to attorney and mediator Jeanne Asherman, (2002), conflict resolution skills, like peer mediation, should be included in school curriculum and discipline protocols to decrease potential violence.  In the peer mediation process, students are trained as neutral parties who facilitate a conversation between their peers to peacefully resolve a conflict.  Students sit down with the peer mediators and address their concerns, such as name-calling, rumors, isolation, or destruction of property.  There is evidence that mediation can lead to fewer fights, a reduction in office referrals, and decreased rates of suspension.  Also, mediation has been shown to increase self-esteem and academic achievement.  

Find out more about including peer mediation in your school from conflict resolution educators, Darcy Thompson and Cynthia Morton.

Darcy Thompson, M.Ed., is a retired educator and experienced Texas Mediator Credentialing Association Credentialed Advanced Mediator.  She has successfully facilitated hundreds of challenging meetings among teachers, parents and professional staff during nearly thirty years in public education.  She has also mediated high conflict civil and church disputes.  Currently, Darcy is a member of several organizations including the Texas Association of Mediators; the Association for Conflict Resolution, Houston Chapter (board member); and the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable.  Darcy’s focus is in the areas of civil disputes and peer mediation training.

Cynthia Morton, Ed.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) and registered mediator who coordinates the Rockdale County Schools Peer Mediation Program.  Currently, Dr. Morton serves as the co-coordinator for the Online Peer Mediation Platform.  She is trained as a CINERGY Conflict Coach, Transformative Mediator, Truancy Mediator, and a Workplace Conflict Management Trainer.  Dr. Morton holds memberships in the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, the National Association of Peer Program Professionals, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.


Sign up here for our free webinar on 10/24 @ 6 PM EDT.
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