Conflict Mediators are trained students who help other students resolve conflicts by giving them the opportunity to take part in solving their own problem.
WHAT DO CONFLICT MEDIATORS DO?
When students are involved in a non-physical dispute, the Conflict Mediators ask those involved if they would like some help solving their problem. By agreeing to use Conflict Mediators’ help, the students are guided through a problem-solving process to identify the problem and reach a solution that will be satisfactory to all involved. The Conflict Mediators have a guide they are trained to use to help them through the process, along with some patience and good listening skills.
WHAT WILL CONFLICT MEDIATORS LEARN IN TRAINING?
1. Leadership skills
2. Communication skills (how to express feelings and needs and how to listen well without taking sides)
3. Problem solving skills
4. How to improve our school environment and keep it safe
5. How to assume responsibility for their own actions
The problem solving process Conflict Mediators use often carries over into the family life. Parents and students have reported that some of these skills have been used at home to help solve some problems more effectively.