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Mentored Peer Mediation

Posted on Aug 03 2011 under Mediation, Previous Programs

 We continue our Back to School series with Dr. Pamela Lane-Garon on Mentored Peer Mediation. Peer mediation has made a difference in schools all over our nation for 30 years. Mediator Mentors is a university-public school partnership in which future teachers, counselors, social workers and school psychologists support the development of conflict resolution skills in school children. This program offers an opportunity for future helping professionals (teachers, counselors, social workers, school psychologists, etc.) to support the development of respectful conflict resolution skills among school children in our community. In this show, we will talk about how Mentored Mediation is different from Peer Mediation.


Join us as we talk with Dr. Pamela Lane-Garon, also known as Dr. Pam, who is a professor at California State University Fresno, a researcher and a mediation trainer in Central California. She currently directs a project called Mediator Mentors

For more information visit: Creducation.org and www.csufresno.edu/mediatormentors

Email Pam at pamelalg@csufresno.edu

View this amazing power point on the ACR Organization

Assignment for the Week:

To parents: First, find out if your child’s school offers a conflict resolution or peer mediation program or if there is a conflict resolution curriculum in the classroom. Then, determine whether your child would benefit by participating in this kind of program. Many conflict resolution programs are in elementary, middle and high schools.

To teachers: Become an advocate for your school by recommending to your principal and vice principal these kinds of programs. Share with them information, stories, DVDs, websites, etc to educate and guide their thinking around conflict resolution and building kids’ social skills. Many resources can be found at www.creducation.org




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  1. Youth Day (the Fifth Annual) has become a very special event at the ACR Conference.
    This year, aligning with the conference theme: Many Paths, One Destination, Youth Day San Diego will engage 60 local student peer mediators and conflict managers in two, time-honored conflict resolution practices around one of the most challenging issues faced by our multicultural nation: Illegal Immigration. It is one thing to learn about conflict and its resolution…and another to apply learned strategies to seemingly intransient social issues. Sixty Middle and High School, San Diego-area students—some trained as mediators who serve their schools. Peer mediators will have the opportunity to engage with ACR Education and Restorative Justice Section members in two experiences: 1) mentored mediation and 2) RJ circle dialogue. Youth without conflict resolution experience will have the opportunity to receive initial training at the conference. A whole group conversation will be facilitated to solicit both a) cognitive and affective responses of participants to the experiencing of different conflict resolution models and to b) harvest wise, humane and practical ideas which emerged in their processes that may help our nation go forward in service to all. An afternoon mediation observation field trip and a Community Conversation are also planned. ACR Education and Restorative Justice Sections believe that the youth trained in conflict resolution skills have a special, informed perspective from which to speak on the selected topic (many of the participating, San Diego youth also have personal, familial experience with the immigration issue and its effects). And finally, ACR Education and Restorative Justice Sections are offering the students opportunities to publish their reflections on their Youth Day experiences. Humane, wise and practical responses to illegal immigration have stymied many adult leaders. We may be encouraged by the contributions of our youthful conflict resolution practitioners!

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