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.


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Friday, August 31, 2018

Restorative Teacher-Student Mediation Webinar

Check out our August webinar hosted by the author of Restore the Respect: How to Mediate School Conflicts and Keep Students Learning, Ondine Gross, a nationally certified school psychologist with over 30 years of experience. 





We will back in October hosting another free webinar on October 24th!! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

OPMP Summer Webinars


Did you miss the OPMP Summer Webinars?  No worries!  We are sharing these webinars again and encourage you to share with colleagues.

Please join us for our August 29th webinar hosted by Ondine Gross on Restorative Teacher-Student Mediation!



Once we get students excited about mediation and peace work, how do we get them to think about a future in the field? Career education in being introduced with younger and younger students today, yet we don’t always present them with practical pathways that they could take to incorporate mediation, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding skills in their future work.
David J. Smith is a career coach and the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education. He teaches at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching ADR and peace studies. He is a recipient of the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Conflict Resolution, and the author of Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016).

In this webinar, he will share strategies for engaging young people in considering their professional and educational futures where their mediation and conflict resolution skills can be applied. Join Us!

Visit www.davidjsmithconsulting.com to learn more about David’s work.


  
Thomas P. Valenti is an attorney, mediator, arbitrator facilitator and trainer. He has been extensively trained in all aspects of Dispute Resolution. Tom is a former Board Member of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI]. Tom has an interest in understanding the issues raised with cross-cultural disputes. He gave the Keynote Address on Interfaith and Multicultural Dialogue at the Dispute Resolution conference at the Ismaili Center, London, in May 2016.  He organizes and facilitates dialogues on multicultural issues.  He believes that across time and cultures stories connect and can change people, and in that spirit, hosts Tenx9Chicago, a storytelling platform where true experiences are shared. His interests are enhanced by his work with The International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR), which is a charitable organization set up to further the interest of mediation amongst law students globally.  He has judged and trained at numerous International legal, negotiation, arbitration, and mediation competitions in the US, Paris, Vienna, Brazil and Dubai. He has travelled to the UK, Dubai, India and Europe to train and teach courses in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration. He has been trained in Peer Mediation, has trained peer mediators, and has consulted with an Online Peer Mediation Program. He is also an organizer of the Global Youth Development Initiative, a multicultural virtual mentoring program for international students living in conflict zones.








Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Missed Our OPMP June Webinar?

Missed our June webinar, Fostering Career Pathways in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, hosted by David Smith?  Please feel free to view and share David's presentation!  Also, check out David's book on Peace Jobs as referenced in his presentation.




Please join us for our free July 24th webinar hosted by Thomas Valenti, Attorney, Arbitrator (ACIArb), Mediator, Facilitator. Register here...https://goo.gl/forms/KixwgHqtfMkUgrIF2.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Prevention Practices: Restoring-Empowering Students Through Peer Mediation Webinar

Dr. Ralph Steele

If you missed Dr. Ralph Steele's webinar on "Restoring-Empowering Students Through Peer Mediation", please check out the recording on our YouTube Channel.  As always, please feel free to share this webinar recording with your colleagues!




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

FOSTERING CAREER PATHWAYS IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACEBUILDING

Join us for our free June webinar hosted by Career Coach, David Smith, JD, MS-FOSTERING CAREER PATHWAYS IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACEBUILDING

June 26th @ 6 PM



Once we get students excited about mediation and peace work, how do we get them to think about a future in the field? Career education in being introduced with younger and younger students today, yet we don’t always present them with practical pathways that they could take to incorporate mediation, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding skills in their future work.

David J. Smith is a career coach and the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education. He teaches at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching ADR and peace studies. He is a recipient of the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Conflict Resolution, and the author of Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016).

In this webinar, he will share strategies for engaging young people in considering their professional and educational futures where their mediation and conflict resolution skills can be applied. Join Us!

Visit www.davidjsmithconsulting.com to learn more about David’s work.

Register here:
https://goo.gl/forms/Co6BiG3k3CEfjyYt1

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May Webinar: Prevention Practices: Restoring-Empowering Students Through Peer Mediation

  

Prevention Practices: Restoring-Empowering Students Through Peer Mediation 

Register here

Attend our free monthly webinar on May 30th @ 6 PM EST.  Our host will be Dr. Ralph Steele.   


                                                                
About Dr. Steele...

  • Professor Mediation, University Texas Arlington, teaches Mediation Courses Basic, Advanced Family, Workplace, Transformative, Advanced Negotiation, Psychology of Conflict 2008-Present, Certified Mediator with Mediate.com


  • Franchise Mediation Panel; Mediation Works, Inc, Boston, Ma, July 2011    


  • Arbitrator, FINRA,  JUNE 2016, Arbitrating Securities cases.


  • LICENSED  FINANCIAL CONSULTANT,  Marketing Annuities, and conducting Wealth Education Wellness  Classes for Americans on how to be WEALTHY. JAN 2004, at Wealth Think Bank       


  • Federal Mediator US Govt (EEOC) Employment Mediations 2013--Present


  • Professor of Mediation  Richland College, Richland, Dallas, Texas  2013-present


  • Lecturer in Conflict Resolution at World Mediation Organization West Berlin, Germany 2012.


  • Federal EEOC Mediator, Nationwide in the USA, October 2014, and US Federal District Court Mediator, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas